Newton Says Panthers Can Run On Falcons Again

Newton Says Panthers Can Run On Falcons Again

Jay Adams

Published December 5, 2012 at 5:26 PM

The last time the Falcons faced the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta has having a tough time fitting the run, as head coach Mike Smith would explain. As a result, the Panthers — a team that looked like it was ready to vie for the top spot in the NFC South — ran at will against the Falcons, racking up 199 yards on the ground thanks to quarterback Cam Newton’s 86-yard effort.

But times certainly have changed as the Falcons sit 11-1, in control of their fate as they move toward clinching the top spot in the conference, and the Panthers sit at 3-9 with their postseason fate sealed.

The mindset, however, hasn’t changed in Carolina, as was evident by Cam Newton’s comments to the media Wednesday about the potential of the Panthers’ run game against the Falcons defense.

“I don’t think it would be a problem,” Newton said when asked if he thinks the Panthers can rack up 199 yards on the ground against the Falcons again. “We’ve got guys that are hungry to play this game. If everybody executes, then it’ll be a good day at the office.”

The Falcons have made big strides in the run stopping department, namely with the full return of defensive tackle Corey Peters, which has allowed the Falcons to run a three-defensive tackle front to fit the run better. The defense held Dallas and Tampa Bay (with rookie running back sensation Doug Martin) to fewer than 70 yards each — both games occurring since the first time the Falcons and Panthers faced off.

Also of note is that the Falcons could get DT Peria Jerry back this week after missing two games with a quad injury, which would provide yet another run-stopping boost.

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