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I will get bashed for this but... any chance Carolina makes run for 6-6?

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I know this might not be the most likely thing but this Carolina team has shown an ability to play great football at times. "Should have, could have, would have" isn't an excuse for me but we barely lost to Tampa in the opening game against a team we weren't sure how to gameplan against and a team that gave New York fits the following week because of it. We had Atlanta beat if Newton had the ball not bounced behind the first down marker. Probably should have beat Seattle. No reason to lose to Dallas or Chicago.

But alas, we did lose. However, we just beat Washington and our upcoming schedule is as follows -

vs Denver
vs Tampa Bay
@ Philadelphia
@ Kansas City

The best team on that list, Denver, we get to play at home and I'm sure some of the players will be motivated playing against Fox. We get to play Tampa at home as well. Then our two road games are against Philly and KC. KC is just a flat out pathetic team - worse than even the 0-16 Detroit Lions. Philly are turnover machines.

I'm not saying we will. As a matter of fact, it'd surprise me. Just wonder how likely you guys think it is. In the case we did make the push to 6-6, the only quality team we'd have after that is Atlanta (at home).
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10-6 is possible if our guys stay hungry, determined, & focused. Rivera & Co. are learning & improving.
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Denver scares me a lot. We are going up against Peyton Manning and a good Denver DEF....

I think we will beat TB, KC and PHI (if Vick keeps playing like crap).

But I hope so.....

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I'd be happy with 3 out of those 4

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If we beat Denver I like our chances at going 6-6 but that will be a very tough task.

Say we beat Denver, I can see us holding Doug Martin in check and Chud learning from his mistakes week 1 against TB. They are banged up on the offensive line and our defensive line has been playing lights out.

Against Philly I believe Cam will be hungry and want another shot at playing under the big lights of MNF. If we can consistently pressure Vick he will turn the ball over and we must keep McCoy to an average stat line.

In Kansas City, stop the run and get to the QB and we win.

In each of this games it is absolutely crucial we pressure the QB and slow down their running games. Thankfully for us, that's exactly what our team has done in recent weeks.

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And so it begins...
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I don't think we can beat Denver and a very very very good Tampa team. We're not. They're better than us on paper and on the field. Though I can see us beating Philly, KC and Oakland.

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i think we can.

if the team keeps onplaying and being coached like they were today....absolutely.

i like our chances.

we've hung with everyone except for the giants and it looks like this team turned a corner today.

i've got my fingers crossed.

game against the broncos is going to be huge. i really hope we pull it off.
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10-6 is my goal.

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SUPERBOWL!!!!

But seriously, 6-6 is very achievable, and if this team wins 5 in a row to get there than 10-6 is within grasp too. Hardest team left on the schedule is probably next week. If we can go 3-6 then we can go 10-6 in my opinion.

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I'm afraid that beating Manning would require a high level game plan and in-game adjustments that might be tough for this staff. But there's a chance. The next 3 are very winnable.

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I think the key to beating Manning is threefold:

1. Keep him off the field with long TD drives
2. Move him off his spot, not very mobile
3. Don't tip your hand, don't let him see what your cvg is with enough time for him to adjust

Atl will be another tough game.

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rivera's got some experience shutting him down, doesn't he?
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[quote name='Mage' timestamp='1352090420' post='1981572']
I know this might not be the most likely thing but this Carolina team has shown an ability to play great football at times. "Should have, could have, would have" isn't an excuse for me but we barely lost to Tampa in the opening game against a team we weren't sure how to gameplan against and a team that gave New York fits the following week because of it. We had Atlanta beat if Newton had the ball not bounced behind the first down marker. Probably should have beat Seattle. No reason to lose to Dallas or Chicago.

But alas, we did lose. However, we just beat Washington and our upcoming schedule is as follows -

vs Denver
vs Tampa Bay
@ Philadelphia
@ Kansas City

The best team on that list, Denver, we get to play at home and I'm sure some of the players will be motivated playing against Fox. We get to play Tampa at home as well. Then our two road games are against Philly and KC. KC is just a flat out pathetic team - worse than even the 0-16 Detroit Lions. Philly are turnover machines.

I'm not saying we will. As a matter of fact, it'd surprise me. Just wonder how likely you guys think it is. In the case we did make the push to 6-6, the only quality team we'd have after that is Atlanta (at home).
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Ive said it a million times. I have a feeling we are en route to a "magical" run. Like the 2002 Jets that started 2-5 and finished 9-7 to make the playoffs (the same year BTW of Herm Edwards famous "you play to win the game" rant.)

ill tell you this right now, if we beat the Broncos, look out because we will snowball real fast into a big streak. We played the Falcons and the Bears hard and dominated them most of the game and I dont think the Broncos are as good as the Bears or Falcons PLUS they just beat Bengals on the road and will be coming here. Its about time Manning has a bad game again and the Broncos lose, they are due for a loss.

Next Sunday is make or break. Beating the Broncos will be a game changer.
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I've grown to dislike trying to predict what we will do this season...precisely because my answer seems to always be the same.

We are capable of beating every team left on our schedule and if we don't beat ourselves / our coaches don't play for the other team we very well could.

That being said? I'm one week at a time - focused entirely on if we'll beat Denver at home next week.
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[quote name='Mage' timestamp='1352090420' post='1981572']

....But alas, we did lose. However, we just beat Washington and our upcoming schedule is as follows -

vs Denver
vs Tampa Bay
@ Philadelphia
@ Kansas City

The best team on that list, Denver, we get to play at home and I'm sure some of the players will be motivated playing against Fox. We get to play Tampa at home as well. Then our two road games are against Philly and KC. KC is just a flat out pathetic team - worse than even the 0-16 Detroit Lions. Philly are turnover machines.

I'm not saying we will. As a matter of fact, it'd surprise me. Just wonder how likely you guys think it is. In the case we did make the push to 6-6, the only quality team we'd have after that is Atlanta (at home).
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If the defense continues to play well, and the offense gives up few/no turnovers, I can see winning the two road games and possibly at home against Tampa.

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Lots of folks wanted us to bust RG III's ass this week...

I would MUCH rather bust Peyton Manning's ass NEXT week...

If you bust Peyton Manning's ass, the whole world will know about it...

And this defensive group is getting to the point where they just might be able to do it...

And if they DO do it...they got a shot...mistake free offense, get a turnover or two...and they got a shot...

Can you imagine how many sacks the Panthers would have had today if RG III had the mobility of Peyton Manning??? LOL . I say 10+

But Peyton Manning is not a rookie out of Baylor.

It will be intersting to see if Carolina chooses or is forced to bring more heat against Denver...

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10-6 is POSSIBLE, just not probable.

9-7 is most likely the best case scenario, and even then, with the way the NFC is shaping up, we MIGHT sneak in on a wild card with that. We'll have to see. 10-6 and a wild card would be AMAZING.

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My initial prediction for the season was 10-6. I would like to see that come about. but, do I think it will? Meh...

I am on board with the "one game at a time" idea though, and feel if the progression keeps up, Hell yeah, it's possible!
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Man nothing like winning to change the atmosphere and vibe of us fans. So much possibilities from here on out, until Sunday when we`ll be tested once again. The way we dominated the Bears, came through against the Falcons and one pass away from the Hawks, I gotta say I am proud of this 2012 Panthers team. One thing no one can say is they've given up this season (Giants game excluded).

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I don´t see any reason why we could not beat Denver. If our D plays as it did in the last games, we will beat them. 5 sacks on Manning comming Sunday!

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Bold Prediction: We wont go 10-6.

6-10 sounds a lot more reasonable. Not trying to get down on this team, but we lost every close game we play. Assuming the Falcons, Eagles, and Broncos will probably be close games, we'll likely lose 2 of those 3.

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I'm just afraid that Rivera and crew will do just enough to keep their jobs for next year, and I just don't think he's our HC of the future.

I'd love for us to go 10-6 or 9-7 and make the playoffs, but I kinda see us going like 8-8 and Rivera gets to try one more year, ugh

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