Former Georgia defensive duo Thomas Davis and Charles Johnson had milestone days in the Panthers’ 30-20 win over the Cardinals on Sunday. Davis reached the end zone for the first time in his 12-year career on a 46-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the first series of the game.
The score occurred when Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer attempted to shovel the ball forward while in the grasp of 315-pound defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. With Palmer unable to execute a passing motion, Davis scooped up the loose ball, gave running back David Johnson a stiff arm and raced to the end zone.
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The touchdown provided the first of 24 unanswered points for Carolina, forcing Palmer to the air early and often. The Panthers harassed the 14-year pro all game with the Arizona offense thrust into a one-dimensional passing game. Carolina sacked Palmer 8 times, the most in a game in his career.
One of the sacks came via Johnson, who had a strip-sack of Palmer early in the third quarter. The Cardinals, though, recovered the fumble. It was Johnson’s 10th career sack in 9 games (including postseason) against Arizona. This was also Johnson’s only tackle of the game, while Davis was in on 6 overall.
Here are Davis’ comments following the game on his first career touchdown, including why he didn’t celebrate the momentous score:
That’s the grin of a dude who scored his first TD after 11 years in the league: pic.twitter.com/LT5cRBxL3f
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) October 30, 2016
Bengals superstar wide receiver A.J. Green failed to find the end zone in London during Cincinnati’s 27-27 tie against the Redskins, but put in another jaw-dropping performance with 121 yards on 9 receptions. Green got the better of Washington’s $75-million dollar corner Josh Norman, reeling in 5 catches for 76 yards on 11 targets when matched up head to head, according to Pro Football Focus. Norman recorded 3 passes defended, but was flagged for 5 penalties on the day. Check out Norman holding on to Green on this 40-yard reception:
Pro Football Focus awarded Green a 85.1 rating, while Norman received a 48.3 grading in the loss. The performance marked the fourth 100-yard receiving game for Green this season, matching his own team record set in 2013 for most over the century mark through the first 8 games.
Cincinnati strong safety Shawn Williams had a busy day with 9 solo tackles in the victory.
The Texans dropped Matt Stafford and the Lions 20-13 at Houston on Sunday. The former Bulldogs signal-caller finished with 240 yards and 1 touchdown on 27 of 41 passes. The 8-year pro now has 28,130 career passing yards following the game, eclipsing Hall of Famers Ken Stabler and Terry Bradshaw for No. 55 on the NFL all-time list. In the last calendar year, Stafford owns a 36:8 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Texans safety Corey Moore also picked up 3 tackles in the win.
Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe recorded 5 tackles (4 solo) in New Orleans’ 25-20 win over Seattle. The oft-injured 8-year pro saw his first action this season, as he was forced to sit out the start with an injured quadriceps.
Kansas City wide receiver Chris Conley put in his most efficient performance of the season in the Chiefs’ 30-14 win over Indianapolis. Conley snagged 3 of 5 targets for 59 yards.