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  1. Future Hall of Famers on This 2015 Tteam?

    It's still too early for most of the players on this team. Some of the players we have are the best at their position in the entire league: Cam, Luke, Tolbert, Kalil, KK... some are close: Olsen, Davis, Norman, Star others are vets that we signed: Allen, Harper, Tillman none of our core players havedone enough at this point to be a lock. as a young player with his whole career ahead, I think Cam willshatter a lot of records and be in. He's a champion and there's reason to believe he will rise to the occasion in the biggest game. i think Allen will make it, especially if he has that SB 50 ring. I don't know if he would necessarily go in as a Panther. It doesn't seem right unless he wins consecutive titles with us. davis deserves every honor he gets. A SB would certainly help his case. I think he would have to play a few more season, though. Maybe. What about Rivera?A SB victory as both a player and HC!Multiple SBs and I think he's a lock.
  2. Winter storm... advantage or disadvantage?

    The weather is an advantage. I'm not as worried about fans getting to the game. It's a 6:40 PM kickoff. The snow will have stopped. It's supposed to be clear but still freezing. So, they will get the roads and the stadium clear, but there will still be snow everywhere. 77 and 85 will be fine. Tailgating and street festivities will have an extra spark of magic. AZ will come in, probably won't be the easiest flight or landing and driving in to the hotel, traveling to the stadium they will see the world covered in white, very different from their native desert climate. If it were a team like Buffalo or Green Bay, I wouldn't think the weather would be much of an advantage, but being on the road and having this exotic weather might contribute to a serious lack of focus for the Cards. Not to mention, as the home team, we come out strong and fast like we did against Seattle and they feel that cold air and look at the piles of snow, they are going to want to go home. The more snow we get, the more of an advantage it is. I think it gives the home team a psychological edge.
  3. Inside the NFL championship preview

    The analysis is lacking whenever they have to fit it into a 1 minute sound bite. These guys don't do their own research. They don't watch every game and they pick games with their johnsons instead of their brains. It's pretty sad when Chris Collinsworth leaves your show and it gets worse.
  4. In defense of conservative play calling..

    It is nearly impossible to hold on to a big lead for an entire 30 minutes of football against a team like Seattle. We did it once all season (home against ATL). That being said, basically Russell Wilson just made some sick throws under duress and they mounted a comeback. The conservative play calling is definitely designed to not give up the big play and to run out the clock. It worked. We won. It wasn't pretty, but the coaches did enough. The players did enough. One thing that may go overlooked: We never trailed in that game. The biggest problem was that our offense didn't really sustain much. If we could have scored even 2 FGs in that entire half, the game would have been out of reach. Not enough first downs. That was a problem that put all the pressure on the defense to hold a huge lead with tons of time. However, and this is huge: We did not turn the ball over! Everyone complains about the pattern of the Indy, GB, and NYG games. It was the same today. Point is: We won all of them. 4-0 in games that go like this one. In the end we did enough things right to win the game. That was Rivera's line. I think he's exactly right. Arizona is a team that can score fast and often and score 24 points in a half, so... Would you rather have a close game that goes down to the wire? Or Have one team get out to a big lead only to have the game come down to an onside kick? Either way it's the NFL. You win the game, you go on to the next round. We are on to the next round. Doesn't matter how.
  5. Em The analysis has quality, but man you gotta do something about the sound. I like what you're trying to do, but its very distracting when it sounds like the guy is recording it in a public bathroom in the Randolph Mall. In terms of your picks: I think its pretty much mainstream media hype to pick Seattle because they "have something to prove." This Panthers team is not going to come out and play crappy. This will be a good game. Cam at home in the 4th quarter is like the thunderbolt of Zeus himself. We have the advantage at OL, LB, RB, TE, and the best QB in the league this year. Seattle was lucky to score more than 3 points last week. I know it was -3 out, but these are grown men and professionals. The win was not impressive. Carolina's got something to prove! What about that?
  6. Kansas City is a much better team than Houston. I don't know why people are picking the Texans. I don't think home field is that much of an advantage. Seattle has way more postseason experience than Minn. I think that is the difference. GB is just plain awefulright now. Skins are on the upswing, Pack onthe downswing. Momentum and home field favor Wash. Steelers are by far the most likely road lock. Too bad Deangelo got hurt, but I don't think the Bengals will get very far without Dalton. so... KC Seattle Washington Pittsburgh even though I picked 3 road teams, I think the divisional round will be where home field advantage is really strongly influential. i just feel like we are going to have to fight our way through the NFCW to get to the Super Bowl. That is why the #1 seed was so critical. Love the bye/hate the bye!
  7. The NFC Playoffs Discussion

    It seems to me that we are on a collision course with the NFC West. If we want to get to the Super Bowl, we are going to have to beat at least one of those teams, probably both. Arizona is a dangerous team that can put up 40 points more or less at will. Seattle is a tough team to beat no matter the circumstances. If we are going to prove that we are in fact the best team in the NFC, then we must conquer the West! It bodes well that the West must travel east for the ultimate showdown. Seattle especially is much stronger at home in the post season.
  8. 2 seed easiest path to NFCC game? Looks that way.

    I think you want the guarantee of home field advantage throughout, regardless of opponent. Hosting Seattle and at the same time keeping an eye on that AZ score to see if you will have to go on the road for the NFCC is not a recipe for good focus and mental toughness. Playing Seattle (or anybody) knowing that the next game will also be at home regardless of the AZ score instills confidence. I think that was part of the lack of confidence against SF in the 2nd half a few years ago. The possibility of traveling to Seattle loomed large I think because of the way they were playing and our history. We don't need the uncertainty. Lock up the #1 and get ready to play some tremendous football teams in your home stadium. Other reasons: Going on the road to AZ is the most likely outcome of getting the 2 seed. We don't want that. A successful team doesn't aim for 2nd place. The first round bye would not be a good week off if we are on a 2 game losing streak preparing to come back and play who knows what team with already one win under their belts. 15-1 is a mighty fine record for an franchise in any year and something worth fighting for. We need to beat Tampa Bay and take what belongs to us: The #1 seed and homefield advantage.
  9. Stopping Newton - The Word is Out

    There are certainly things that Shula could do to 1) focus on blitz protection in practice, 2) game plan to actually take advantage of an over aggressive D, and 3) make in game adjustments to adapt to whatever the defense is doing. Looking ahead to the Minnesota game, one thing we know is that they like to get pressure with their front four in a 4-3 package. This should bode well for our o-line. They do have an all pro pass rusher in Jared Allen, so i expect that there will be some pressure generated from the Vikes D-line. Will it be enough to frustrate Cam? Again, if he can break contain and float out of the pocket, then get up field a few times early on, it will help to soften up that front 7. Against AZ he really didn't get anything going and became one dimensional. Shula didn't call a good game in the second half and it seemed like we were going downfield on every pass play. Very few screens and underneath routes. THat Cards D is very good, no doubt. Minnesota isn't bad either. They have given up a lot of points, but they also have a defense that forces turnovers and scores points. Hopefully from Cam's perspective, the Cards loss will be a learning experience and he will approach the next game with a greater awareness and some strategies for overcoming the blitz. Vikings coming off a bye could be lackluster or could raise up on us. Hopefully, RR and Shula will think about their jobs a lot this week and bring some intensity to this squad. If we get to 1-5 I'd say we have to cut RR loose. We could have done better than Shula...in fact that might be a big reason we have lost 3 out of 4 games. Cam hasn't been stellar and now the stats are starting to bear that out. He was due for a 3 INT game. That doesn't mean that he won't turn around and have another 3 TD game next week. Leadership is being tested right now and arriving home in week 7 at 2-3 would do wonders for this team.
  10. The one thing that makes me think that this won't be like the Seattle game is that Palmer is not mobile and the Cards O-line is beaten up and they have a player making his first NFL start going up against Hardy. The only way they put up 27 points is if they get a ST or Def score (which I guess isn't out of the question). The chances of us getting e Def TD are just as high, if not higher. Probably...probably...13 points isn't going to be enough to beat us even if its a low scoring affair. Also, they don't really have a running game and we do. That bodes well for a team on the road. They are already one dimensional and we have just the D-line to attack the drop back passer. All of this seems to point to the Panthers having the advantage. The only thing that really worries me is that we have a knack for losing close games, so it is important that we get out to a 2+ score lead. Bury them early and make Palmer take those 5 and 7 step drops (of course Fitz will still probably get his 7 or 8 catches). I will stop just short of predicting a score or a winner, but on paper at least it looks like we have several key advantages and should...should...win. We also have historically played well in AZ.
  11. Behind Enemy Lines - Buffalo Bills

    interesting to know about the issues that the Bills are having. It looks like they are a team that has a great many question marks, even at positions that probably should be solid (like the secondary). I hope our coaches can create a game plan to take advantage of this. I'd like to think they can, but RR's track record doesn't give me a lot of confidence. Looks like it will be a case of the running game opening up the play action downfield passing game. if the O-line can hold their own, we should be able to move the ball. I'm guessing that the winner of this game will need to score a minimum of 21 points. It might take a defensive TD for us to get there. Watched most of the Pats-Jets game last night and WOW! NE offense was brutal. They had 9 straight incomplete passes and probably at least 5 obvious drops by WRs. It wasn't so much that the Jets D was causing problems, the passing game was just not clicking and the announcers were saying that the same poo was happening against Buffalo. Credit to their coaching staff for pulling out two close wins under the circumstances, but this NE offense is a shadow of its former self with Welker and others. My point is...if that offense can put up 23 on this Buffalo team on the road, i like our chances (based on potential of course, not on what we saw in week one). Even so...NE is never really serious about running the ball, but we are. Buffalo hasn't faced a power running game like ours. It was pretty good last week. Should be better this week. We just need that added dimension of the deep threat. Ginn could have a big game. Another thing is that RR seems to be a slightly better coach on the road in these conditions. I think that bodes well for us this week.
  12. A Guide to Preseason Game Viewing

    The first preseason game I think can be very telling. It sets the tone for the rest of the practice season and that can snowball into the regular season. The offense usually comes out looking to score on that first drive. I remember how the offense came out in 2011 and just lit up the Giants, Clausen and Cam looked solid. I was so excited because when Cam came in, it was just immediately clear that he would be the franchise QB for years to come. It became clear over the next couple of preseason and regular season games that this team would struggle to get Ws. But after that 1st preseason game I was so stoked. What I'm saying is that the preseason can be full of surprises and that first drive in game 1 sets the tone. I think players play harder in that game, honestly. Plus, as mentioned, you get to see the kick return game in action and that will be very telling because they are going to do the same thing in reg season. Game 1 is also a lot better if the opponent is a rival and we do kind of have a grudge thing going on with the Bears. We gutted them in that 2005 playoff game and they have had our number ever since. Plus, there's last year's heartbreaker which we lost after leading comfortably. Its a good match, because the Bears are a good team that will provide a good measure of our abilities.