History tells us that the Panthers rarely win more than 10 or 11 in the regular season if things go our way (read stay healthy)and are just as likely to go 7-9 if they don't (last year for example). I can see 8 or 9 wins being a safe bet. That way you are going to be one or at most 2 games away from where we will finish.
The folks going with 12 or 13 wins are the ones on the fringe.
What do I want?
I want us to be in the conversation for the playoffs come week 17. I want us to be playing a meaningful game at the last regular season game. It doesn't matter how many wins we have as long as we end up making the playoffs. If we don't make the playoffs, it doesn't matter how many we won either. I want to make the playoffs and want to win how ever many that takes.
I want destiny to be in our hands to shape our immediate future come week 17. A chance to move on by beating the Saints** as badly as they beat us last year. In their stadium in front of their fans. A Panther offensive juggernaut running rampant in the bayou. And a take no prisoner's defense reeking havoc on the Saints** who are out of the race having suffered too many early season losses.
Not asking too much, right ??
That's ridiculous. We'll have a playoff spot locked by week 15.