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Is The Season Opener A "Must Win" For You?


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#31 Cary Kollins

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:37 AM

When was the last home opener we won?

 

 

Actually last year vs the Saints.  Granted it was week two, but still was the home opener?  Was that the question?



#32 RoaringRiot

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:37 AM

Comparing week one to a must win game was not meant to be taken in the literal sense (that the season is over). C'mon, you guys know that, right?

I've been saying it since the schedule came out....the importance of weeks one's game cannot be understated. It's so easy to say "there are 15 more games so it doesn't matter". But when your team typically has a losing season, especially after starting with a loss you MUST beat Seattle at home to start the season. Yes, MUST.

#33 RoaringRiot

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:40 AM

Actually last year vs the Saints. Granted it was week two, but still was the home opener? Was that the question?


Do you really think this is what he meant?

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:42 AM

Actually last year vs the Saints.  Granted it was week two, but still was the home opener?  Was that the question?

 

no, the last time we won the first game of the season at home.



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:44 AM

So, our history of underperforming under Rivera, and even Fox before him, in season openers will have no bearing on the players' thinking if we lose this one?

Our history of not bouncing back from early/tough losses has no carryover to the present?

Yes, this is a new year, and technically a new team, but considering our recent history and the fact that our seasons have essentially been lost after the first game and subsequently the first 5 games, I'd say that would qualify the season opener as a must win.

Again, just my opinion, but I think the weight of recent seasons does indeed weigh on our players... Especially guys like Cam, Smitty, CJ, etc., but moreso on Cam.


I'm not saying it isn't important.

I'm just saying that there is no such thing as a week 1 "must win"

Especially against a team as good as the Hawks

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:44 AM

Looking back at that 2003 season...we were 11-4 in games decided by a touchdown or less (including playoffs).  11-4.

 

 

 



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:45 AM

It never is for me.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:45 AM

Do you really think this is what he meant?

 

 

Not at first, but that was technically a home opener. 



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:45 AM

We aren't opening against the Bucs again. We are opening against one of if not the toughest defenses in the league. No shame in losing to a better team. It's a must win for the Seahawks. It's Super Bowl or bust for them. We aren't there yet. Beating them is a good step but it doesn't equal playoffs.

 

when there's no shame to losing to an opponent because they're supposed to be good, and it's more embarrassing for them to lose to you...

 

...this screams not a good team.



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:46 AM

I thought that was in San Diego?

 

Oops, sorry...  I completely disregarded the "home" part.

 

Our last win in a home season opener was, coincidentally, 2003 against Jacksonville.



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:46 AM

And if our players are so mentally fragile that they can't handle a week 1 loss we have the wrong players on this team.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:47 AM

And if our players are so mentally fragile that they can't handle a week 1 loss we have the wrong players on this team.

 

maybe it's time to purge the roster.



#43 il Malocchio

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:56 AM

Won the 2008 opener against the Bears... Week 2, was there....



#44 Cary Kollins

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:56 AM

I don't think the players are as mentally fragile as our fanbase.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:58 AM

Panthers haven't won a season opener since 2008.  I totally believe it's a must win game.  Beating the Seahawks, who not only beat the Panthers at home last year, are a talented team and would go a long way for building confidence.  If they get crushed, it could set the tone for a long season.  




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