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So we lost week one, what does that mean long term?


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#1 SmootsDaddy89

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:28 PM

In short, nothing. Obviously anything could happen and I still want to be positive about this season. But I think for those of us who are also pragmatic and realistic about our history and how opening day usually dictates how the rest of our season will go, some analysis is required so that maybe the people calling us negative nancys understand where we're coming from. I'll start off with the broader picture, then scale it down to a team perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. The idea that an opening day loss doesn't mean anything is complete and utter horseshit.

 

Throughout the week, you'll hear dumb people say dumb things on network tv about how better than 30% of all playoff teams lost on opening day. While this is wonderful statistic if you enjoy clinging to false hope much like pantherclaw clinging to the ass end of a caribou on those lonely Alaskan nights, it's completely meaningless without context. I'll show you what I mean. Below are playoff teams from the past three seasons who lost on opening day.

 

2012:

Colts

Bengals (Lost to fellow playoff team Baltimore)

Seahawks

Packers (Lost to fellow playoff team San Francisco)
 

2011

Giants

Falcons

Saints (Lost to fellow playoff team Green Bay)

Steelers (Lost to fellow playoff team Baltimore)

Broncos

 

2010

Jets (Lost to fellow playoff team Baltimore)

Colts

Eagles (Lost to fellow playoff team Green Bay)

Falcons (Lost to fellow playoff team Pittsburgh)

 

 

There are two things you should take away from this.

 

1. Most teams who lose opening day and still make the playoffs have or had at the time consistent success. New York, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, and New Orleans are all Super bowl winners in the past five years. Others like Falcons have been perennial playoff teams since 2008.

 

2. 4-6 playoff teams will end up playing one another on opening weekend. Someone has to lose. If you take those out of consideration, you have 2 teams in 2012, 3 in 2011, and 1 in 2010 who lost to a non-playoff team and still made the playoffs. Not nearly as rosy of a picture is it? While Seattle could be a playoff team again this year, right now they're just a team who came to our house and beat us. However, it's more promising than losing to Arizona or Tampa Bay on opening day. Progress!

 

 

 

2. What we do on opening day is a good indicator of what we do that season.

This is mostly going to be a numbers thing. Carolina has had four playoff seasons in our history: 1996, 2003, 2005, 2008. Of those, only one (or 25%) occured during a season in which we lost our opener. This is the lone season out of 12 where we've lost opening day and still made the playoffs. A whopping 8%. Conversely, when we win opening day, we've went to the playoffs 3 times out of six. I don't know about you, but 50% is a lot more appealing than 8.

 

 

 

 

3. We've proven we have to start off fast to get in.

Every playoff season we've had (with the exception of 2005, although we did start off 6-2 there) has been the result of a fast start. In 1996 we won our first three games. In 2003 we won our first five games. 2008 we won our first two games. The only season where we've started off fast and failed to make the playoffs was in 2003 where we went 3-0 and didn't qualify. That was basically Shayne Graham's fault though, fuging ginger.

 

 

The reality of the situation is this: We're a young team with no consistency and just now maybe starting to form an identity. Losing your first game can be devastating if you're not having consistent success from season to season. This is why when we start off losing, we continue to lose, and only win when we come out of the gate on fire, which we certainly didn't do yesterday.

 

 

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#2 rayzor

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:34 PM

we wanted to pick up where we left off but all we managed to do is prove that we are a team that can't start fast.

 

until proven otherwise, we are that team that manages to keep losing until we are eliminated early from playoff contention.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:34 PM

i see this season shaping up a lot like last year. crushing opening-day loss (though i contend we looked far better as a whole this year than we did last year against a much worse team) followed by a victory the next week where we seem to have fixed a ton of our flaws from the previous week (i think we murder the bills.) then week three against a very good team, the NY giants both this year and last year, where we'll see if we're the week one team or the week two team.

 

IMHO these next two games set the tone for the rest of the season.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:37 PM

i see this season shaping up a lot like last year. crushing opening-day loss (though i contend we looked far better as a whole this year than we did last year against a much worse team) followed by a victory the next week where we seem to have fixed a ton of our flaws from the previous week (i think we murder the bills.) then week three against a very good team, the NY giants both this year and last year, where we'll see if we're the week one team or the week two team.

 

IMHO these next two games set the tone for the rest of the season.

 

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#5 SmootsDaddy89

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:38 PM

Sorry for not including pretty pictures like Fiz does in advance guys.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:40 PM

Correlation =/= Causation



#7 ecualumni06

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:43 PM

i see this season shaping up a lot like last year. crushing opening-day loss (though i contend we looked far better as a whole this year than we did last year against a much worse team) followed by a victory the next week where we seem to have fixed a ton of our flaws from the previous week (i think we murder the bills.) then week three against a very good team, the NY giants both this year and last year, where we'll see if we're the week one team or the week two team.

IMHO these next two games set the tone for the rest of the season.


Totally agree with this

#8 SmootsDaddy89

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:43 PM

k added a gif



#9 ncmonzta

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:50 PM

Like the great John fox would say... Ill wait to see where we are at the end of 1st quarter of the season. This game was heart breaking and its easy to understand why everyone's going ape poo, but I've decided to wait and see. Yesterday I drank whiskey while watching the game and at the end I told my wife I didn't care about the game or the rest of the season. I know this coming Sunday ill be right back in front of the tv believing again. I do it every Sunday every season and I'm not about quit now.

Like smokey would say " when they lose ill be quiet, but Monday ill be talking again"

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:53 PM

We're taking the NFCS this year, and it will be decisive. We are a tier 2 team, but we are on the verge. Some shoring up on the o-line and we are imposing our will at the line of scrimmage. Once that's done we will stretch the field and then rack up ungodly stats on both sides of the ball. What we lack in clutch receiving threats will have to be accounted for in a brutal rushing attack. In the meantime, our front seven will get the requisite time to rest to effectively and consistently put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

This is the road to success this year. Deal with it

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 01:00 PM

We're taking the NFCS this year, and it will be decisive. We are a tier 2 team, but we are on the verge. Some shoring up on the o-line and we are imposing our will at the line of scrimmage. Once that's done we will stretch the field and then rack up ungodly stats on both sides of the ball. What we lack in clutch receiving threats will have to be accounted for in a brutal rushing attack. In the meantime, our front seven will get the requisite time to rest to effectively and consistently put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

This is the road to success this year. Deal with it


So how exactly are we going to shore up our o-line?

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 01:00 PM

Anyone saw Cowboys-Giants? Granted it is only week 1, but Giants look like sh1t. Buffalo scares me more right now the way they played the Pats. I would not look past the bills



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 01:02 PM

We don't like pressure.The pressure of a playoff run is way to stressfull for us.We like the games that don't mean crap.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 01:08 PM

So how exactly are we going to shore up our o-line?


Game time and practice for Scott and Amini. Wharton getting in shape. Perhaps getting a veteran option after tonight's games wrap up.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 01:11 PM

It means we're the same old Panthers.

 

I am, however, greatly looking forward to our 3-5 game win streak to close the season out on a happy note.




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