The truth about the Panthers is that they can beat the Patriots in Foxboro, and lose to the Bears by 14 points despite Trubisky completing only 4 passes during the game. In games that we've lost we often haven't been competetive, but when we click we look dangerous. It's hard to say what Panthers team will show up.
Footballfuture.comThe biggest issue for the Panthers is which running game will show up. We had a nice drive to start against NO but from there the run game fizzled out and it just became another game where we ended up relying on Cam to be superman and the numbskull Panthers fans scratch their heads looking for a way to blame Newton for the loss. Not all of the run game woes are on the RB's, there are issues with the way they are utilized and the mind numbing predictability of our up the middle runs don't help matters either.
If the Panthers can actually run the ball outside of Cam Newton, this will be a nice slug fest.
Carolina Panthers are currently 8-4 and the 6th seed in the NFC Playoffs
Week 14: Vikings at Panthers- Vikings are #1 seed of NFC
Week 15: Panthers at Green Bay- Likely to have Aaron Rodgers back.
Week 16: Bucs at Panthers- Bucs haven't been very good, but a Division game.
Week 17: Panthers at Falcons- Beat them earlier, but they're still a good team. Could have the final playoff spot implications.
Facing the #1 seed in the NFC at this time, and 2 potential Playoff teams in the final 4 weeks. I would not be surprised if the Panthers fail to make the playoffs this year. The Vikings, Saints, and Eagles have basically locked down spots. Seahawks are coming back hard and could catch the Rams, but the loser could grab the other Wild Card spot. Packs should win this week against Browns, and will have Aaron Rodgers ready to roll when we play them. Falcons could get hot again, and like I said earlier, that week 17 game could determine the final playoff position. Cowbioys and Lions need to win out, but is always doable. What's the confidence level of everyone? The Panthers need to go at minimum 2-2 these final 4 weeks to have a chance.
How about a little optimism from their base instead? lolI think the pessimism comes from fans that have closely watched the team and all or 99 percent of the games in recent seasons. Because we know that many of these players are very talented, but they just continue to make really stupid mistakes and the coaches continue to be too conservative and refuse to adapt to what is happening in game.
The defense might still be ranked top 10 stats wise, but they haven't passed the eyeball test against good offenses and good quarterbacks. vs Brees 2x and Brady, and even some just decent QBs like McCown , have field days with our defense through the air and they have had big runs against them numerous times this season. They just aren't that good when facing a disciplined and efficient offense, which scares me against the Vikings. I have no faith whatsoever in their ability to cover passes in the middle of the field.
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We match up way better with the Vikings than we do the Saints. We will win this game on Sunday. Atlanta will lose Thursday. And all will ok again.
I had a feeling I was going to come on here and see this prediction from Jeremy today, and I agree. We do indeed match up much better with the Vikings. Heck, if we had not been in the dome, I think we would have be beaten the Saints. These next 3 games at home we are going to show who we are. This will be a win! (I too predicted a loss to the Saints. Them coming off a loss and playing at home was too much to overcome...along with those 2 special teams gaffs, etc).
Home field, angry defense led by Luke after being embarrassed, Kalil and Captain against their former team might show some passion. I have a feeling we take this one. I can feel it in my gut, or maybe that is the burrito I ate earlier...
This is exactly the kind of game the Panthers win ... when they look bad a couple of games in a row, ones they were expected to win or at least be in a good etc... then they come up in a game most expect them to lose and be "crushed" AND they then come out and win/sometimes dominate. So while I am not guaranteeing a win or other but would not be suprised at all when they win. Go Panthers!