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#25 rayzor

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:22 PM

What we've seen on this board far exceeds anything close to "confidence."

It's just foolishness.

not much of a growl i'm hearing from you. more like a whimper of enthusiasm.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:23 PM

CBS Sports is predicting a blowout, 35 - 10.

http://www.cbssports...1-at-buccaneers


Peter King's predictions for Week 1:

Cam II. What can Cam Newton do for an encore? We'll find out in the stifling humidity of Tampa in a late start Sunday. I keep hearing offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinki has some interesting stuff up his sleeve for Year 2 of the Newton era in Charlotte, and maybe we'll see some of that on Sunday.

Panthers 30 - Bucs 13
Carolina Panthers (0-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)
The Bucs could be the surprise team of 2012 -- if Josh Freeman plays in 2012 the way Cam Newton played in 2011. He's capable of being the throwing man Newton was, if not the running one, but I'm going to have to see it first to believe it. I say Newton kicks off this season the way he did last year - with a powerful passing game against a re-tooling Tampa Bay defense.


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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:24 PM

I've always preferred much wisdom over much ego.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:26 PM

What we've seen on this board far exceeds anything close to "confidence."

It's just foolishness.


In order to be a successful, elite level athlete (or team for that matter)...it requires a mindset...

A mindset that says "I dont give a damn who we play...we are going to whoop their ass"

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:28 PM

I mean I've said before Tampa has improved with their FA additions and their very good draft....I've said a couple weeks ago don't sleep on Tampa....

But its game week/time now...time to get excited....time to talk trash...time to get big...time to spank dat a$$

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:30 PM

And fools.

The people posting that think the Panthers are going to score 50 points and the Bucs have 0% chance of winning are going to have a nervous breakdown if the Panthers lose or barely win.

If the Panthers lose Sunday, it might be a good idea to take the day off from the Huddle monday.

if they only win by a little bit or lose the game...i won't be shaken because i still have confidence in what this team can do and i know that it's only a matter of time before they unleash hell on the whole league. i don't know why this week isn't the one that sets it all off.

will i be pissed if we lose? definitely, but not more than you or anyone else. if we just squeak by...meh. it's a win. who cares? we're still on the upswing, right?

people are just too afraid to think big win because they are too afraid of falling short. not me. it goes with the territory. we've seen the worst and it came with jimmy clausen at QB. that culture of suck is long gone. that culture of apathy that fox had cultivated is long gone.

this is a team that has set the bar high and believes the sky is the limit. forget being reasonable or tempering my giddy. i'm 100% on board with them. if it doesn't start this week then it will start the week after that. or the week after that. or the week after that. i don't care. i'm a fan. call me homer and i'll wear that badge with honor.

i believe.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:31 PM

I hear what your saying though, I'm excited as well about FB being back.

Tampa has improved though and there are a lot of wild cards at play this weekend.

I wouldn't bet my own money on this game if that means anything to anyone.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:31 PM

if they only win by a little bit or lose the game...i won't be shaken because i still have confidence in what this team can do and i know that it's only a matter of time before they unleash hell on the whole league. i don't know why this week isn't the one that sets it all off.

will i be pissed if we lose? definitely, but not more than you or anyone else. if we just squeak by...meh. it's a win. who cares? we're still on the upswing, right?

people are just too afraid to think big win because they are too afraid of falling short. not me. it goes with the territory. we've seen the worst and it came with jimmy clausen at QB. that culture of suck is long gone. that culture of apathy that fox had cultivated is long gone. this is a team that has set the bar high and believes the sky is the limit. forget being reasonable or tempering my giddy. i'm 100% on board with them. if it doesn't start this week then it will start the week after that. or the week after that. or the week after that. i don't care. i'm a fan. call me homer and i'll wear that badge with honor.

i believe.


hey dude I've gone on record saying I think the Panthers go 10-6 and could win a playoff game this year.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:33 PM

hey dude I've gone on record saying I think the Panthers go 10-6 and could win a playoff game this year.

it's got to start somewhere and the bucs are one of the weakest teams on the schedule. we've got to go big.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:38 PM

I hear what your saying though, I'm excited as well about FB being back.

Tampa has improved though and there are a lot of wild cards at play this weekend.

I wouldn't bet my own money on this game if that means anything to anyone.

the question is...has tampa's improvement matched carolina's improvement? has it caught them up with where the panthers were last year? i don't think either one of those is the case.

i also see the bucs as being at the beginning of a work in progress. i expect sloppy. i expect unprepared. better than last year for sure...but not anywhere they should be for the team they are going to be facing this week.

new coaching staff.
new system on both sides of the ball.
mediocre QB (being generous here)
FA acquisitions and draft picks that made a sucky team mediocre (kind of what schiano did at rutgers).

i expect they'll be better later in the season but i don't expect much the first week.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:45 PM

Well, hopefully you won't have to put up with as much BS this weekend as you did this week in Charlotte.
Go Heels! Go Panthers!

Hey bros. I'm posting this now because I am going to the heels game tomorrow in the dash and won't be able to get my huddle fix. I've been working at the DNC the past three days and have a well earned day off. Ready to talk about my favorite team in the world baby!!!!!

First, yes we needed another thread on this.

I am a die hard Panther fan just like many of you on here. I'm in my mid twenties and have grown up with the Panthers. I've noticed a lot people jumping on the Panthers bandwagon since the addition of a certain QB which bothers me, but there is nothing I can do about it so welcome aboard. These people are usually easy to spot when you engage them in Panther conversation. There are no fans like this in my circle.

I will still be a Panther fan after Cam Newton and my children will grow up Panther fans or will be sent on an unlucky hunting trip.

With that being said, it's fun to come out the gate clamoring about a 68-3 ass whooping of the hated Bucs. I would love to see that, and it's easy to think that way after the games LY. However, I still try to be objective and think realistically what I think is going to happen.

I'll get off the soapbox here and cut to the chase:

I compared the TB team this year since the 9 months we last played them. I don't have the exact number, but there are around 12 new starters for them TY. They made some awesome additions in FA. Losing Joseph for the season was a huge loss for them and WE need to blitz. I keep hearing about this fuging Jim Johnson blitz scheme from the ginger but have yet to see it. Attack that side of the line. Send Davis in there every now and then FFS.

It's early. The game is going to be sloppy from both clubs.

The officials are a wild card. I thought they did a damn good job on Wednesday night, but I've been reading online that the lowest rated officials are going to be assigned to the games with the least amount of expectations/least amount of expected ratings. The game is blacked out in Tampa Bay. Not a good sign for which officiating crew we're going to have. This MAY be a huge factor in our favor if the secondary can get away with a few more things.

I truly believe that the game is going to come down to which defense can stop the big play. I feel almost 100% better than I did about the DL compared to a week ago, and I got a great feeling about the Edwards move. If our defense improves he could be the reason for it.

Just read that Captain is starting. Gamble will lock down VJ. Look for a lot of weird zone coverage schemes and look for TB to exploit Captain by running those fuging slants. I think Captain has a football player's heart, but not his body. If we lose the game because of him I am going to officially be off the Captain apologist list.

Most importantly, we gotta get this season off to a good start. We will probably be underdogs in the next 2 games and a win here is huge. Man, when you get older the Summer's get shorter, but the good thing about that is the Panthers get here quicker!!!

FOOTBALL IS BACK, BABY!!!

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TL;DR: Panthers win a very, very close game. 24-21. Cue the huddle schizophrenics on Monday calling for DeAngelo to be released, McDermott fired, and the throw the ball to Barnidge threads.



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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:52 PM

im going to laugh my ass off at you all when its a close game in the 4th quarter.

i can smell your pissed drenched pants already