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Week 1 vs. NYG
Passing: 14 - 33, 182 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: 2 / 15 / 0
Matt Moore spent most of his day under pressure and off balance. Part of that was a very good pass rush by the Giants and part of it was lackluster play by his own offensive line. But Moore looked off regardless for most of the day. There was a point in the second quarter where he walked off the field after a missed throw and looked owl-eyed and just confused. He overthrew his receivers, threw off his back foot and made some very bad decisions. He flashed some of the talent people expected based on last year (such as his 19 yard strike to Steve Smith to end the first half) but those moments were few and far between. He finally left the game at the end of the fourth after he was sacked. Tampa Bay should be easier prey at home in week two but so far Moore has not impressed.
Week 2 vs. TB
Passing: 6 - 16, 125 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
If I had to choose a phrase to describe the performance of Panthers quarterback Matt Moore, I would choose "gun shy". Moore had opportunities to make big plays on Sunday, but would constantly pull the ball back and not take the chance. This is not the Matt Moore from the end of 2009 that we are seeing. It is a more conservative and less gutsy player who lacks the kind of leadership necessary to win ball games.
Moore made a nice play on 4th down when he was afforded great protection and zipped a pass on a skinny post route to WR Steve Smith for a touchdown. The protection was inconsistent throughout the game, however, and Moore was sacked in this game on two occasions. On the first sack, the Panthers ran a play fake on 3rd and 8, which the Buccaneers didn't bite on. Moore got smothered by Tampa Bay defenders when he should have been able to step up in the pocket to avoid the rush. It is this kind of innate ability that he lacks.
Later in the game, Moore threw an ill-advised interception on a pass intended for Steve Smith when veteran CB Ronde Barber read the eyes of the quarterback, who stared down Smith to make Barber's job all the more simple. Moore did go deep on a couple of occasions, but each time it was slightly overthrown. Some of the blame can be placed on WR David Gettis on one of the passes, as the receiver appeared to slow down half way through the route.
Moore was replaced in the fourth quarter after taking a brutal sack from LB Quincy Black on a play where he should have had the presence to throw the ball away or at least check it down. Moore didn't have the infamous "clock" in his head running at the time, held the ball too long and fumbled the ball after taking the sack, giving the ball to Tampa Bay and effectively ending his short tenure as starting quarterback. Moore was benched for 2nd round pick Jimmy Clausen. In a telling moment on the sideline, Moore patted Clausen on the shoulder pads as if to say "It's all yours now, buddy."
Week 5 vs. CHI
Passing: 5 - 10, 35 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Matt Moore entered the game late on with the game out of reach. He completed a couple of passes in the two minute offense, but most were short and the Bears rallied to tackle the receiver immediately.
Week 7 vs. SF
Passing: 28 - 41, 308 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 3 / 0
The 49ers dared Matt Moore to beat them through the air on Sunday and the promising 26-year old responded by doing just that, having arguably one of the best games in his entire career. The 49ers defense aimed to consistently harass Moore with blitzes and stack the box against Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart throughout the entire game. For the most part, Moore got the ball out quickly, mostly on either dump-off passes or short routes to a hot receiver. One such dump-off pass in the fourth quarter, which Moore likely would have done well to let develop a few seconds longer, turned into his sole interception of the game.
Week 8 vs. STL
Passing: 23 - 37, 194 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: 1 / 5 / 0
Matt Moore's day started as it meant to go on as he threw a poor pass off balance straight to a Rams defender on a flea flicker. Moore completed some nice passes at times across the middle of the field on time, but also threw some passes that simply should not even have been attempted. The Panthers offense regressed to the mean this week, and Moore's three interceptions, one coming after a defender tipped the pass into the air, proved costly in a game that the Panthers had a chance to win. Moore does some things well in this offense, but due to lack of opportunity and poor execution, Moore had a subpar day against St. Louis.
Week 9 vs. NO
Passing: 3 - 6, 13 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Moore's stay in this game was very short, and now his season is over, as he was put on IR on Monday. He wasn't really in the game long enough to get anything going, though he did fail to get the Panthers into the end zone on their first drive, after getting a turnover. That lost opportunity really ended any hopes the Panthers had in this game.