CHARLOTTE – To its credit, the Panthers offense has found a way to stay on the field without many big plays.
But after last week's loss in New Orleans, offensive coordinator Mike Shula admitted that getting just enough for a first down is a difficult way to play offense.
"It's hard to consistently just drive the ball three, four yards at a time," tight end
Well, following a week where their longest play was 19 yards, chunk plays returned to the Panthers' offense on Sunday against the New York Jets.
"You need those in this league to have success," Olsen said.
"That was awesome," left tackle
With the game tied 6-6 and 3:42 remaining in the second quarter, quarterback
He initially faked a screen pass left to fullback
"It's a read by Cam, so it can go either way," Tolbert explained. "When I went out and I turned and I looked, I was thinking, 'Wow. There are a lot of guys over here.' And then he spun and threw it to DeAngelo, and there was nobody on that side of the field."
Aided by guard
Thanks to LaFell's block and Williams' speed, the Panthers produced their second longest touchdown of the season.
"DeAngelo has that in him," Gross said. "He can take anything to the house."
Williams' touchdown was the electrifying, highlight-reel score, but the Panthers consistently produced chunk plays throughout Sunday's win.
Newton – who completed 16-of-24 passes for 273 yards – averaged 17 yards per completion.
"The play-calling today was great," Gross said. "We were in a much better rhythm. As far as the flow of the game went, we were running the ball well, running play actions, running screens, and that’s when we’re at our best."
Olsen averaged 17.6 yards per catch on five receptions, including a long of 27 yards.
In addition to his 36-yard reception, LaFell had two other catches for 25 yards.
It all amounted to 392 total yards and 6.3 yards per play.
"You have to strike, you have to take chunks of yards, especially against a team with that kind of defense," Olsen said. "You have to take chunks at a time, and we did that today."