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QB Derek Anderson - Carolina Panthers

6-6, 240Born: 6-15-1983College: Oregon StateDrafted: Round 6

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Week 14: vs San Diego Chargers

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Ted Ginn Jr. didn't have any touchdowns until Week 11 this season, but has now scored in his last three games. Ginn is on a hot streak with at least 40 yards receiving in seven straight games - he has snagged 12/241/3 out of 20 targets over the last three weeks, compared to 7/127/1 out of 19 targets for Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin has scored only once since Week Four and failed to catch more than three passes in any of his last three games. Greg Olsen has zero receiving TDs over the last four games, and has a high-water mark of 45 yards receiving during that time span. Basically, except for Ginn, Cam Newton is having trouble finding any of his available receivers. Last week during the 7-40 debacle in Seattle, Newton threw 14/32 for 182 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with zero sacks taken (Ginn led the team with six targets for 5/80/1). Devin Funchess (four targets for 2/44/0 receiving) and Olsen (seven for 3/30/0) were the other significant targets last week. San Diego coughed up 20/30 for 268 net yards, one TD and one interception to Jameis Winston (with one sack for -12 yards) last weekend - two games ago they allowed 22/37 for 239 net yards passing, zero TDs and three interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for -7 yards to Brock Osweiler. From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), San Diego has averaged 18.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (14th-least in the NFL); and 18.3 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (eighth-least); with 8.3 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (12th-most). To date, the Chargers are 27th in the NFL averaging 271.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores given up vs. 15 interceptions generated (first in the NFL) and 21 sacks to their credit (tied for 26th in the NFL). This is a so-so pass defense on balance. This looks like a pretty good matchup for Carolina.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
13 at SEA 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 -1
14 vs SD PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 5 vs TB (18 / 28 / 278 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Turnovers at the wrong time were a crucial factor in Carolina's loss to Tampa Bay, and Derek Anderson's decision making ultimately let the team down. The offense struggled initially to establish anything, but slowly Anderson grew into the game behind a no-huddle attack. He connected well with Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin, both of whom consistently found room to roam in the Bucs secondary against their smaller defensive backs. Anderson was working from a clean pocket for most of the game, and had clearly defined reads to fire the ball on time and accurately. After a handful of passes in a row to Benjamin, he went to the well one too many times for his first interception. He attempted to force the football in to his big receiver, only for a Tampa Bay defender to break it up and tip it into the air before a teammate picked it off. Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula moved the pocket more in the second half with bootlegs to give Anderson simpler reads, and he took advantage early with a big completion to Olsen. Anderson would subsequently miss his top target of the game, Olsen, for a straightforward touchdown pass. He left the ball too far behind Olsen for the tight end to properly adjust to on the fly. Anderson committed his second turnover by coughing up a fumble on a scramble. It appeared Anderson would get the necessary yardage, but he turned his back in anticipation of contact and the ball popped out. As the offense stayed in attack mode, Anderson committed his most egregious error of the game with the Panthers set up at the 1-yard line. In what appeared to be a rushed play, Anderson - without even seeming to go through his reads - tossed a senseless pass up to Olsen in the back corner of the end zone. Two Tampa Bay defenders, having been repeatedly beaten by the tight end all game, bracketed him. The pass was easily picked off and it went a long way to ruining the Panthers' chances of securing a victory.

2016 Week 4 vs ATL (17 / 23 / 172 / 2 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Coming in to the game after Cam Newton sustained a concussion, Derek Anderson breathed new life into an offense that, until that point, appeared bereft of confidence or ideas. Utilizing a quick passing game to good effect, Anderson continued to get the ball out of his hands inside two seconds, firing accurate passes to his big targets. He connected particularly well with Devin Funchess, finding him on a skinny post that resulted in a big gain, then firing in a pass to the end zone that drew a pass interference flag. Anderson, well aware of the Falcons pass rush, did not hold on to the football when the play wasn't there; rather, he killed the play and moved on. He showed decent pocket awareness and gave his players a chance to make plays on the ball. Greg Olsen was the recipient of Anderson's first touchdown pass, with the tight end made a majestic catch at the back of the end zone. Anderson's lofted pass gave Olsen the chance to make the play, but the tight end made his quarterback look good. Anderson added a second touchdown pass after showing good pocket mobility to escape the rush. He kept his eyes downfield and found Corey Brown for the score, after the receiver adjusted his pattern to exploit the space available. Anderson made a crucial error at the death, however, tossing a game-sealing pick six into coverage. It appeared as though he thought Olsen was open on the play, but the two were not on the same page and it proved to be a straightforward score for Atlanta. Anderson was intercepted on a tipped ball in the dying seconds, as a pass landed perfectly into the defensive back's arms.

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Latest News

Panthers | Derek Anderson makes surprise start (Sun Dec 4, 08:37 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Derek Anderson made the start in Week 13 against the Seattle Seahawks with starting QB Cam Newton held out on the first drive due to disciplinary issues.

Our View: Anderson went out there and threw an interception to start the game. Newton was then inserted back into the lineup.
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Schedule

14vs San Diego Chargers
15@ Washington Redskins
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers