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On The Prowl 9/15: Game Grades and Power Rankings


PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS GRADES FOR CAR-JAX: Josh Norman led all cornerbacks in week one with a 4.3 overall grade and 3.7 coverage grade. Thomas Davis tied Seattle's Bruce Irvin for the highest grade among 4-3 outside linebackers, proving to be effective against Jacksonville's running and passing game. Mike Remmers posted the third-highest grade among right tackles, allowing only one pressure and positively impacting the Panthers' running game. READ MORE

GREG OLSEN NOT SWEATING LACK OF TARGETS IN WEEK 1: Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports that tight end Greg Olsen is not concerned after recording only one catch in the regular season opener: "Sometimes you run good routes and things open up,"Olsen told reporters Monday. "(Jerricho Cotchery) scored a touchdown on that. It's all how the thing goes together. It's no different than when I would catch 10 balls last year. We don't set out to try and get one guy the ball. That's not our offense. That's not what we do." READ MORE

PANTHERS MOVE UP THREE SPOTS TO NO.15 IN NFL.COM POWER RANKINGS: Elliot Harrison praises the performance of Carolina's defense holding Jacksonville to only 265 total yards and three third-down conversions. READ MORE

MORE WEEK 2 POWER RANKINGS:Carolina remained the 11th ranked team in the weekly CBS Sports Power Rankings and moved up one spot to No.18 in ESPN's rankings. The Panthers also moved up one spot to No.18 in Pro Football Talk's rankings.

STAR LOTULELEI A CANDIDATE FOR POLYNESIAN PRO FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD:Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is among 24 candidates for the inaugural Polynesian Pro Football Player of the Year Award, presented to the most outstanding professional football player of Polynesian ancestry. READ MORE

TEXANS' BILL O'BRIEN WON'T REVEAL QB UNTIL KICKOFF VS. PANTHERS: ESPN's Tania Ganguli reports that Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien has declined to name a starting quarterback for Carolina's home opener on Sunday: "You'll have to wait until the first offensive play of the Carolina game to see who the quarterback will be," O'Brien told reporters Monday. READ MORE

KONY EALY DOES DIRTY WORK IN WEEK 1 WIN:Head Coach Ron Rivera credits second-year defensive end Kony Ealy with doing the "dirty work" against the Jagaurs, not showing up in the stat sheets but playing a big role in the dominant Panthers' defense. READ MORE

LUKE KUECHLY PUMPED UP TEAM WITH HALFTIME PEP TALK:David Newton of ESPN reports that shortly after suffering a concussion in the first half of Sunday's game, linebacker and defensive captain Luke Kuechly motivated his teammates with an inspirational halftime speech. The Carolina defense went on to hold Jacksonville to just 75 yard and zero points in the second half. READ MORE

View the top photos by team photographer Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez from Carolina's game against Jacksonville.

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