Agreed. It's amazing to me how quick some are to forget the panthers of old. Panther teams of old would have no doubt found a way to lose to Jacksonville, Houston, and New Orleans (regardless of their situations). This team has shown some backbone in beating all three of those teams with the injuries they have faced and I guarantee that they aren't going to apologize for getting three wins against them.
Has it ever dawned on anybody that the reason we won't make a move like this is because we finally have a quarterback who can elevate the play of his receivers and doesn't need two pro bowl caliber receivers out wide? We also have a GM who is light years ahead of anything we've ever had in that position and our fan base. That GM has: -Fixed the o-line (which in doing so; protects the face of the franchise and allows him time to spread the ball around and make his receivers better) -Built a top flight defense which provides short fields for our offense and limits opposing teams scoring opportunities. -Drafted two big targets at receiver the last two years (one of who had a dominant rookie year and the other who is going through the normal progression of being a rookie receiver in the NFL). If you don't believe in the "normal progression" of a rookie receiver, take a look around at the rest of the receiver draft class from this year (sans Amari Cooper) and see how they are performing.
We need to get more out of our running game against Tampa. I honestly hope Stewart has his carries reduced a bit and Artis-Payne gets a few touches. I think Stewart works better getting some consistent spells from a back-up. We also have to tackle better. The tackling by the secondary and defensive ends against New Orleans was bad. There were a ton of plays where N.O. picked up an additional 5-7 yards after initial contact.
I'm aware. For the most part the NFL usually gives the Florida teams a 4:00 kick to beat the heat in September See Tampa (week one and last year when we opened with them) See Jacksonville this past week (hosting Miami at 4:00) See Miami this week (hosting Buffalo at 4:25)
I've been to Green Bay when they do their go pack go chant. I think this has some staying power. Great participation from the home crowd. I really hope it sticks. I'd love to take my little man to a game one day and tell him I was there when this started.
As difficult as it is for me to say, I thought Shula made some great calls. The bomb to philly after the Klein pick was awesome. Love the go for the throat mentality. Tge delayed screen to Olsen on third and distance in the fourth was also a great call and should have been a game winner if we could gain some yards on the ground and kick a fg.
I think people are writing off the Seahawks a little early. They played the Rams on the road (who always play them tough) and then went to Green Bay and gave them all they wanted until Aaron Rodgers won the game for them. Seattle essentially gets 7 to 8 wins every year just because of their home field advantage. I wouldn't write off the defending NFC champs just yet.
Watt is going to get his. The panthers just have to make sure he doesn't make the splash plays. Like a pick six or forced fumble in our own territory. If Watt ends the game with a couple tackles and a sack or two, the panthers should win the game.