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Sunday, October 5, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Panthers 34, Chiefs 0


Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

There are a lot of people in Charlotte who have been saying rookie running back Jonathan Stewart should be starting ahead of DeAngelo Williams.

That was a decent argument -- until Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Maybe John Fox knows what he's doing, after all. Williams ran for a career-best 123 yards and scored three touchdowns. He carried 20 times and Stewart had 72 yards on 19 caries.

That's about as good a balance as you can get. It's been said before that Fox is too loyal to his veterans, but, in the case of Williams, there's a reason for that. The former first-round pick has lots of talent. He hasn't always had the chance to show it, but that wasn't his fault.

Carolina now has the personnel to help Williams succeed and Fox and offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson finally have figure out how to use him.

By the way, I know all about Dallas and Washington, but isn't about time Carolina starts getting mentioned as one of the NFC's elite teams?