Carolina’s overhauled defense hardly looked like it missed Julius Peppers during their 15-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans Saturday night in Charlotte, sacking Titans quarterback Vince Young four times, keeping star runner Chris Johnson in check and holding Tennessee to 50 yards in the first half.
Charles Johnson, who took over for Peppers when he signed with Chicago in the offseason, had his way with Titans right tackle David Stewart and notched two of Carolina’s seven sacks.
The Carolina offense, though, is another story.
Quarterback Matt Moore, given the starting job when Jake Delhomme was released in the offseason, had his third straight uninspiring performance. He completed 18 of 33 passes for 190 yards and no interceptions. DeAngelo Williams rushed for just 13 yards on nine carries, and there is still no clear No. 2 receiver opposite Steve Smith.