Panthers get handled by defending AFC Champs

Bengals RB Samaje Perine runs over Panther DB Sean Chandler Photo credit Albert Cesare- USATI

The Panthers got off to a sluggish start on the road Sunday against the defending AFC Champs. The Panthers fell to the Cincinnati Bengals 42-21 on Sunday, but that score was closer than the actual game. The Bengals scored 35 in the 1st half, 28 coming in the 2nd quarter and held the Panthers scoreless. At one point last in the 1st half, Carolina had just 18 yards of offense.

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The Bengals took their foot off the gas after leading 35-0 at the break. They would score just once in the 2nd half of play. Carolina would get on the board in the 3rd and the Panthers would trail 42- 7 after three.

The Panthers would score twice in the 4th to make the final score, 42-21 Bengals. The Bengals had over 450 total yards of offense and 30 1st downs on the day. Carolina had just 228 total yards and managed to pick up just 13 total 1st downs. Cincy dominated the run game outgaining the Panthers 241-64 on the ground.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon had a standout performance running for 153 yards and 4 rushing TD's on 22 carries. He also had a TD catch in the game, to make 5 total TD's. Former Clemson standout Tee Higgins had 7 catches for 60 yards. Joe Burrow was 22 of 28 for 206 yards and a TD. PJ Walker had a dreadful day at QB for Carolina, he was 3 of 10 for 9 yards and two picks. Baker Mayfield was back in the Panther line up, he was 14 of 20 for 155 yards and 2 TD's. Terrance Marshall and Tommy Tremble both had TD catches.

The Panthers fall to 2-7 on the season. Carolina has a short turnaround this week. They host the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night, kickoff is set for 8:15. You can hear every Panther game on Classic Rock 101.1

Featured Image Photo Credit: Albert Cesare- USATI