i'm not buying it.
i mean it could be one, but i don't think it's one that the panthers will fall into.
1) underestimated miami and, as smith was saying, they started believing their own press clippings and took it easy the first half. tye were getting beat down in a big way, but their eyes were opened up at halftime and the players and coaches made adjustments to get things back on track. i think that left a big imprint on their brains to not walk into any game thinking that they can come into any game and just walk out with a win with very little fight. i've got to think that what hardy said yesterday on espn30 holds true for the rest of the team (and yes, i posted in another thread but whatever)
ESPN 730 @ESPN730 14h
Hardy on message for team getting ready for Tampa - "Destroy...no more coming out like Miami..need to get into dogfight 1st play"
2) the bucs have won three in a row and just beat the lions (who should have and would have had the lead in the NFCN if they hadn't overlooked the bucs and gotten beat), before that they beat the dolphins and the falcons, and before that almost beat the seahawks in seattle. the bucs have had a serious turnaround in the last month and i don't think you can look at that team and think "cakewalk". it's still a division rivalry and that team is evidently fighting and winning now. they can't be overlooked. the panthers can't afford to not walk into that game and think "this is going to be a brawl".
i'm not worried about the panthers perception walking on their field on sunday or any field for that matter. i see resolve. i mean you may see more getting to be on the field with them and all, but i see a team that dozed off for a moment and started getting beat up, but woke right back up, made adjustments, and pulled it together. i see a team that is now looking at every team on their schedule as someone to take seriously and who is trying to stand in their way to be the best in the league. if they take their foot off the gas, they lose...it's that simple. i think they understand that.