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Pat Yas has the Panthers finishing 7-9

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I'd like to add that if heaven forbid Steve Smith gets hurt, we won't win 5 games.

Cam gets hurt....I'll say 2.

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Reviews are more important than previews. Can't say that 7-9 is not unreasonable. But I also think we can do much better.

It is time for the ball to bounce our way a couple of times for once.

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Still remember when Yasinskas told a guy in chat that Dave Gettleman had never done any college scouting :rolleyes:

 

(glad ESPN has assigned individual reporters to teams now rather than having divisional bloggers)

 

He may be right, but going with the default '7-9' just seems like a lazy prediction to me.

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if this defense comes as advertised even a mediocre offensive outing for the season should put us at 9-7, and i think we'll be better than mediocre

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We have Luke kuechly. Therefore we will go 16-0

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Pat yasinskas is dumb too.. He hates the panthers for whatever reason

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Sea: We catch them sleeping and with some players out

@Buf W No QB at all

NYG W Not sold on G-Men questions abound

@Ari W Not a good football team right now

@Min W AP is tough and it will be a good game but we win the close ones this year

STL L Fisher knows how muddy up a game and seems to frustrate us every time.

@TB L Idunno it just seems like if we lose a game it'll be this one.

ATL W Fired up to play these guys at home.  That o-line is as bad as ours.

@SF L Their O-line is nowhere near as bad as ours

NE W Cam goes Ham on Monday Night

@MIA L Short week off an emotional victory.  Trap Game.

TB W Rebound and take revenge on the Bucs

@NO L New Orleans out guns us at the last.

NYJ W Oh we gon win dis one.

NO W Revenge at home.  Brees picks dirt clumps out of his mask all game.

@ATL L Division on the line, pressure creeps up and is too much on the road.  Drop a game but clinch wild card.

 

 

10-6 seem realistic.  I know starting 5-0 seems crazy but its set up that way.

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7-9......10-6

 

anywhere in between. 

 

i can see any of it happening.

 

they should have a winning season, but thats been the case for most if the history of the panthers. they shoukd have been. good but....(insert excuse, stupid comment about trying to build rome or statements like it is what it is).

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BTW "wiseguys" hate Atlanta:

 

Last May, when season win totals were released and the Falcons number of victories was put at 10, I wrote a very polite take down of Atlanta. I believed the team's 8-0 start to 2012, propelled by a 4-0 start with wins over the Chiefs, Broncos, Chargers and Panthers, was a fraud. I wrote, "The Chiefs were, well, the worst team in football. The Broncos nearly came back to win after three first-half Peyton Manning interceptions. The Chargers were doing their annual September of self-discovery (which happened to last all season). And the Panthers game was won as much because Cam Newton fumbled trying to ice it on a short-yardage scramble as it was by a Matty Ice bomb. Break all this down according to the process, and not just the results, and you get a pretty good look at an inconsistent group whose status was elevated by public perception. In the second half of the season, the Falcons lost a game to each of their division rivals and finished 5-3."

 
In that same column, my handicapping buddy, The SportsBoss, pointed out that last year, "Atlanta played the third-easiest schedule, was plus-13 in turnover differential and, using the Pythagorean theorem of wins based on points, they won two more than they should have last year. I expect a regression on the turnovers and I have them as playing the eighth-toughest schedule. If their sked improves that much and their TO margin regresses just a bit and they play the same way they did last year, they are probably a .500 team."
 
When I was in Vegas this past weekend, no one I spoke to had changed their tune about the Falcons. Put simply, one wiseguy said to me, "I don't see them winning nine games."

 

 

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If Pat is right and the Panthers go 7-9, then Rivera is toast and we will have a new coach next year. 

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