Rivera's Panthers starting to reflect his personality
Panthers Toughness on Display as Team Defends Itself
By Mike Leslie, Sports Anchor/Digital Journalist - email
The Carolina Panthers aren't backing down from anyone. And they showed that on Sunday.
Ron Rivera's team, starting to reflect his old Bears teams, was feisty, intense, and aggressive in their 30-15 win over the Rams. Most impressive was the Panthers ability to take their aggression right to the edge of what was acceptable, and then holding back, to avoid drawing a penalty flag. Instead, the Panthers allowed the Rams to fall over that line, leading to multiple 15-yard penalties that worked in Carolina's favor.
"The opportunity to draw the line came, and the guys did," Rivera said Monday. "That's part of being a team. That's part of having each others back."
Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis sees the value of the team's aggression. But, more important, he said Monday, was the Panthers ability to play a complete football game.
"Yesterday was a true indication of us going out and playing a complete team game," Davis said. "We played together. When the [defense] was down, the offense stepped it up. When the offense went down, we picked it up. That's what it's all about, going out there and playing as a unit."
The Panthers play the Tampa Bay Bucs on Thursday night. The game can be seen on our sister station, My12, WMYT, with coverage starting at 8 o'clock.
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