Brandt, like most former or current NFL personnel guys (as opposed to strictly broadcasters, Bill Polian, and loud mouth old ex players), has always championed Cam Newton; therefore has supported/not condemned the team most times.
You can also potentially knock them out the playoffs, and take a home win against them; which they count on to make the playoffs ever year (i.e.: if you win all your home games, and two on the road, you have 10 wins, and more likely make the playoffs).
It's cool. Everyone in the media will pick the Panthers to lose, if they hold on to win, which will make a Panther win in Seattle much sweeter. So many times games are situational and, one doesn't necessarily translate to another. Once again, Cinci and Dalton choke on the big one.