We could easily have been 7-1 at this point (the Arizona game was just a debacle all the way around. I think we have a lot of areas for improvement but so do a lot of teams. I think we make the playoffs this year btw. If we beat San Fran that chance goes up quite a bit. A lot riding on this game.
Season of Dreams or Season of Illusions?
Posted 09 November 2013 - 12:36 AM
My gut tells me that it will be a close game either way. The team that makes a critical play in the game, whether it is in the first 8 minutes of the game, will win. I'm predicting something like 17-24. Hopefully, it's my Panthers.
Posted 09 November 2013 - 12:46 AM
We have the best defense in the league, and cam and this offense is capable of a lot of things.
We'll see how good this team is.
If you ask me, we can beat any team in the league.
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Posted 09 November 2013 - 01:04 AM
There are some things that concern me.
-If you go back and look at all of our scoring drives. An alarming number of them would have stalled out had it not been for penalties. I wonder if a more disciplined team won't give us those free first downs.
-We have seen teams run on us. Not consistently but at times they blocked the right people and gashed us for nice runs.
-Can our secondary hold up against the Tom Brady and Drew Brees type guys? Our pass rush hasn't looked that good to be honest. They prey on the week and dejected but we haven't seen many sacks at key moments. Our blitzes have looked good I'll give us that.
-Our right side of the line is still very poor. What happens when we play gifted pass rushers?
Posted 09 November 2013 - 01:09 AM
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Posted 09 November 2013 - 01:43 AM
There are some things that concern me.
-If you go back and look at all of our scoring drives. An alarming number of them would have stalled out had it not been for penalties. I wonder if a more disciplined team won't give us those free first downs. we also had a win taken out of our hands because of a BS call this year (Luke's OPI
in buffalo) so it goes hand in hand, plus while we've been no doubt getting some decent breaks to extend drives but we've but it doesn't take away from cam and this offense's great play..., from what I recall we still would've won those games without the penalties as well.
-We have seen teams run on us. Not consistently but at times they blocked the right people and gashed us for nice runs. So? We're not gonna get stuffs and stops on every single play. Just look at Seattle's D, they also got gashed by the great Mike James. We don't have to be the 2000 Ravens D to be a good D
-Can our secondary hold up against the Tom Brady and Drew Brees type guys? Our pass rush hasn't looked that good to be honest. They prey on the week and dejected but we haven't seen many sacks at key moments. Our blitzes have looked good I'll give us that. agreed
-Our right side of the line is still very poor. What happens when we play gifted pass rushers? agreed as well
Posted 09 November 2013 - 03:06 AM
Are the Panthers really as good as their 5-3 record would indicate?
Or will this weekend's contest against the first quality team we've faced in a month or so bring us back down to earth, back to reality?
What's your gut feeling going into Sunday's game?
NINER win, no doubt. Not a blowout. Not a last-minute win. We have gone deep into the playoffs the last two years, while your team has struggled to be consistent. Of course, last year has nothing to do with this year and games are played for a reason, so come Sunday we will see whose D is most dominant and whose O moves the chains and scores. With the upcoming loss I'd say you are still a good team.
Posted 09 November 2013 - 05:54 AM
Hopefully the Panthers are the team of RIGHT NOW. That's all they need to be every week going in.
I have seen playoff teams develop and I like what I see with the balance of veteran leadership and young starters who can contribute.
I love this matchup with SF. Win or lose, it will tell us a lot about where this team is going.
If we win, it is for real on in the NFC and we have to start looking like a threat to NO. Also, I think a big win on the road would allow us to keep the momentum going into our MNF tilt vs NE. It could lead to huge things.
If we lose, it will be a set back in the standings but it may not be a huge let down for the players. In fact, it might give them the focus and grit needed to face the Pats. It should be a raucous crowd on MNF either way.
We are a good team and now are finally beginning to collect the wins to show it. Cam is most definitely the real deal and RR has clearly grown a lot as a coach.
I personally,18 years a fan, am loving this ride. Win or lose tomorrow, the ride won't be over. So just enjoy it. SF is a good team and it will likely be a close, exciting game.
Posted 09 November 2013 - 06:02 AM
Posted 09 November 2013 - 06:47 AM
I don't get the optimism with the issues we have on the o line right now
how is it different than the way it's been the rest of the year. we've had scrubs on the right side the while time and we've been getting the job done. chris scott isn't much better than what will be replacing him.
optimism is there because in spite of a weak right side, we've been winning and we have been one of the most efficient and effective offenses in the league and our defense is elite and our special teams are no longer a handicap and our coaching staff is making the right calls.
right side of the OL might be a weakness, but it's not enough to lose us games because all the other parts on the team are doing really well.
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Posted 09 November 2013 - 07:25 AM
we find out the next couple weeks who we are.
we win both games, and we are legit.
we win just one and there's still a lot of reason for optimism.
we lose both and meh......we just aren't a big boy team yet.
i think we are playing as good as or better than any team in the league right now so there's a very real chance that we could win both. if that happens i think we go the rest of the season with maybe only one or two more losses.
i expect that we lose one of the next couple, but we could still manage to eek out a very good record that can get us into the plalyoffs. after the pats we have the saints twice (i think we at least split with them) the bucs and jets at home (both very winnable games) and the falcons in atl and i think we can sweep them this year.
if we can manage to get into the playoffs and have some momentum going, i don't think we are a one and done team. the only thing that really scares me in the playoffs is playing in seattle or maybe in new orleans, but even then just the fact that we made it to the playoffs after the last few years is huge and a great foundation to build on.
Posted 09 November 2013 - 08:21 AM
The NFL schedule makers were not kind to Carolina. Carolina plays both after their bye weeks.
Against the better/best teams, the margin for winning is slim.
When the plays are there, they have to be made.
Those teams know too, the Panthers have a 4th string guard and they will know that Barner, Barner of all people, is going to be one of the gunners on special teams (to me, that is a concern) and they know that Luke can over pursue and they know Newton has issues with a pocket collapsing in the middle and throws high when nervous or underpressure.
The saying, 'big time players make big time plays in big games' is true.
Cam Newton, you are the Panthers big time player, I believe you are Superman, come on down. Take over the game. Win it for your team.
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