Why do so many people love to hate us?
A couple of comments on the comments:
I am a die-hard Panthers fan.
This is a blog, not an official article. It's not supposed to be a great piece of journalistic artistry. Having that said, I will agree that these individual stats do not mean much.
ESPN loves the Cowboys. Get used to it. Also, the Cowboys have never beaten the Panthers in the playoffs.
Don't crown the Panthers yet. They have 2 very tough road games ahead of them. Don't bury the Giants, either. Even though history shows that teams peaking late in the season do better in the playoffs (not exactly what the Giants are doing now), they are still the champs. Until they lose in the playoffs they will be the champs.
On that note, the winner of the Carolina - New York game will determine who the better team is (assuming there's not a ridiculous game ending controversy like the Baltimore - Pittsburgh game of this past week). Hold your judgment on that until after it's over.
As for which division is better the NFC East or South, who cares? Win the games on your schedule, and the rest will take care of itself.
One final note about the Smith v. Lucas controversy: the Panthers organization did a superb job of handling the whole thing. I'm not commenting on the integrity of either player. Instead, I'm saying that (without league mandate) the club suspended it's best player for the two first games of the season. Not a move many teams would be bold enough to make.
My rant is over....
someone made sense apparently