Rookie QB Bryce Young Faces Uphill Battle In Panthers' Home Debut Against Saints Defense

Photo: Instagram/Bryce Young

In his home debut for the Carolina Panthers, Bryce Young found himself facing a formidable New Orleans Saints defense under the bright lights of prime-time football.

Throughout most of the game, the rookie quarterback struggled to gain momentum. Despite an initial 31-yard drive that resulted in a field goal, the Panthers faced a series of setbacks, including a critical strip sack deep in Saints territory, leading to a turnover.
Completing 22 of 33 passes for just 153 yards and facing four sacks, Young had a challenging night. The Panthers' offense managed only 239 yards, while the Saints put up 341.
Additionally, the Panthers suffered a major blow when defensive captain Shaq Thompson sustained a "significant" fractured fibula injury, likely sidelining him for the season. New Orleans effectively applied pressure without resorting to blitzing, causing Young to make errors against a strong Saints secondary. 

The Panthers had opportunities in good field positions but could only muster three points on two possessions that started in Saints territory. Although Young faced adversity, he showcased his potential with a 26-yard scramble in the fourth quarter, converting a third-and-11 situation. 
However, this drive ultimately resulted in another field goal, narrowing the deficit to 13-9. New Orleans responded with a touchdown drive to secure a 20-9 lead.

In a late-game surge, Young connected with Adam Thielen for a 75-yard touchdown, marking the first touchdown scored against the Saints defense this season. However, the Panthers failed to recover the on-side kick, allowing New Orleans to run out the clock.
With this loss, the Panthers' season record fell to 0-2. Despite the setbacks, there were positive glimpses of Young's potential, especially in his poise during the late touchdown drive. 

Looking ahead, Young's next opportunity to secure his first NFL victory will be on the road against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3.

Read Next: Devastating Blow Browns Star RB Nick Chubb Likely Out For Season After Gruesome Knee Injury

Source: Yahoo Sports

You May Like


Trending Now

NBA Showdown: Scott Foster Ejects Chris Paul In Explosive Warriors-Suns Game Amidst Longstanding Feud

Gregg Popovich Attempts To Halt Boos Against Kawhi Leonard, Spurs Fans Remain Unyielding

Chris Paul Reveals 'Personal' Issue With Referee Scott Foster Leading To Explosive Ejection

Victor Wembanyama's Explosive Dunk Steals The Spotlight In Clippers-Spurs Showdown

CM Punk Shocks Wrestling World With WWE Return at Survivor Series

Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban To Sell Majority Stake To Billionaire Miriam Adelson, Retaining Control of Team

Randy Orton's Explosive Return Steals The Show at Survivor Series War Games

Rookie Sensation Victor Wembanyama Makes NBA History In Spurs vs. Nuggets Clash

James Harden Makes NBA History With 1,011th Career Game In Nuggets-Clippers Match

Harping On Harper Hempel: The Viral Video And The Truth Behind Jamal Murray's Girlfriend