Adieu Matt Rhule, we hardly knew ye. Actually. We got just over 2 seasons of ya, and we’re good. Thanks for playing.
The Carolina Panthers became the first NFL team this season to part ways with their head coach and it’s not hard to understand why. An offense that is 28th in yards per play, 24th in points per game, 30th in plays run per game, and dead last in third down conversion. It has been gross to watch.
Sadly we lost Progressive commercial standout Baker Mayfield to a high ankle sprain last week, and with Sam Darnold on the shelf Panthers faithful are turning once again to PJ Walker. Oh, joy.
Surprisingly they are set to face an offense that is, statistically, as bad as they are. The defending champion Los Angeles Rams. Through five weeks of the season, the Rams are 29th in points per game, 32nd in yards per play and average just 4.6 yards on first and second down, 31st in the league. Wait, what?
Cooper Kupp is being targeted more than last year (I mean, how is that possible) and the Rams possess the most lopsided run/pass splits in the league. They throw the ball a league-leading 69% of the time (nice) and run the ball a league-worst 31% of the time. Add in that Matthew Stafford leads the league in interceptions (again) and the Rams are 31st in yards per carry when they run the ball (3.2) this offense is an absolute shell of the Greatest Show On Turf 2.0 from last season.
Frankly, I am having trouble deciphering how exactly these two teams combine for 21 points let alone 41. Bet $11 on the under and win $10 if these two teams combine for 41 or fewer points!