Kyle Allen Senses Pressure, Doesn’t Fall Victim To It

By John Ellis

Football is a funny game.

Once upon a time, Kyle Allen was considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country.

He never got drafted.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has been on record regarding Allen’s mental toughness. He likes the fact that Allen doesn’t get freaked out by the moment. It’s the same thing we saw in our analysis from last season’s action against New Orleans, a game in which many of the Saints’ defensive starters played, and played hard.

Today was a coronation of sorts for the second-year grinder. Four touchdowns. No interceptions. Highly efficient.

Allen was the victim of one early lost fumble, but how he handled that adversity says more about him than the fumble itself: Allen orchestrated an 11-play, 75 yard scoring march, capped off by a beautiful touchdown strike to Curtis Samuel in the corner of the end zone. The pressure Allen felt off the backside, and how he handled it, perfectly summarizes how he’s handled such pressure throughout his career.

The rest of the game, as you can see below, fell right in line. Our assessment of Allen has always been positive, and today’s win in the desert underscores the value of good film study and adequate preparation.