Cam Newton up, Mike Remmers down in Panthers' win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A look at Carolina Panthers players who were “up’’ and those who were “down’’ in Sunday’s 27-10 win against the Tennessee Titans:


Cam Newton: Of course he’s here after completing his first 11 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. Critics have been complaining that his completion percentage was at an all-time low (53.7 percent) through the first eight games. He completed 81 percent of his passes Sunday to quiet them.

Greg Olsen: No surprise here, either. The tight end caught Newton’s first four passes and finished with eight catches for 80 yards on eight targets. That’s Olsen’s most targets without an incompletion this season.

Ted Ginn Jr.: I’m sticking with the offense here. The wide receiver had four catches for 45 yards. Not a huge game, but they were the possession-type receptions that keep drives alive. Ginn is showing he’s more than a deep threat. He would have had an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown as well had Joe Webb not made an illegal block in the back away from the return.


Mike Remmers: Newton was sacked five times, three on consecutive plays. Not all were Remmers’ fault, but several came from right tackle’s side. In his defense, there were major communication breakdowns on the line during that stretch. Remmers was supposed to have help, but he accepted some of the blame.

Thomas Davis: I did a double take when I saw he had no tackles. The last time that happened during a regular-season game was Oct. 11, 2006, against the Cincinnati Bengals. Davis was pushed out of the hole on Dexter McCluster’s 25-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Perhaps this was a case where the Titans went away from Davis as the Colts did two weeks ago, but you would think he’d have stumbled into one tackle.

Joe Webb: His block in the back late in the first half cost Ginn an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown. The Panthers have been waiting for Ginn to break one all season, and this one occurred well away from the play.