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#3038497 This might be the week the NFC South bounces back.

Posted by hepcat on 23 October 2014 - 11:40 AM

Last week, 3 out of the 4 teams in the NFC South faced tough road games against teams contending for playoff spots.  And all of them lost.


Falcons @ Ravens

Saints @ Lions

Panthers @ Packers

(Tampa on a bye)


This week, all 4 NFC South teams are at home.  


Lions @ Falcons

Packers @ Saints

Seahawks @ Panthers

Vikings @ Bucs


It's no secret the Falcons and Saints play much better at home in their domes.  I expect the Saints to give the Packers all they can handle and might squeak out a win.   The Falcons/Lions matchup has potential to be a shootout and might be close to over/under 80 points.  The Panthers get the Seahawks making their second consecutive cross-country trip and playing what amounts to a 10am game for them.  After losing at home to the Seahawks the past two seasons, I think this might be the year the Panthers finally beat them.  And Tampa gets a winnable game at home against the struggling Vikings who've lost three straight. 


The NFC South might be the worst division in the NFL right now, but I think this might be the week they show some life and bounce back.

#3038024 Cam is the only starting QB taken in the first round of the 2011 clasa

Posted by hepcat on 22 October 2014 - 10:23 PM

Cam, Kaepernick, and Dalton.  Three playoff QBs, one has been to the Superbowl.  How can you call that a bust in any sense.  Some years drafts yield 0 QBs.  

#3037039 My biggest worry about Gettleman

Posted by hepcat on 22 October 2014 - 11:51 AM

Mr Scot with all due respect this thread is premature.  The recent struggles are concerning but it's not like the team isn't competitive.  There are some genuine concerns about how Rivera is handling the team and in particular the defense, but right now but it's too soon.  After a season as positive as 2013, I wouldn't expect them to make any wholesale staff changes.  If it's not broke, don't fix it.  


The two things that hurt the Panthers the most were Jordan Gross retiring and Greg Hardy's legal troubles.  Hardy straight up took over 3 games last year (Giants, Saints, @ Falcons).  The Panthers don't win those games without Hardy.  And the team clearly wasn't expecting Jordan Gross to retire.  His loss has been felt the most throughout the team.  The team just isn't performing up to their talent level right now and are sorely lacking talent at key positions.  Some of that falls on Gettleman, but the salary cap issues are well known.  The problems fall on EVERYONE.  There is no one person to blame.

#3035311 Godfrey Released

Posted by hepcat on 21 October 2014 - 02:00 PM

Solid move. He was getting beat like a drum.

#3034627 When a student fails, do you blame the teacher?

Posted by hepcat on 21 October 2014 - 09:22 AM

It's top down man.  The salary cap is messed up, so there's no way to sign depth.  That's how your two starting OT's end up being guys who went undrafted...or used to be defensive linemen...


Problem I have is the defense is what is losing the Panthers games.  Rivera is a defensive head coach.  I know he can't be out there making tackles, but it's more than just that.  There's no pass rush, the secondary is regularly out of position, it's bad all around.

#3034594 Chances Riverboat Ron gets Canned ?

Posted by hepcat on 21 October 2014 - 09:09 AM

Really depends on what happens the rest of the year.  In a ridiculously down year in the NFC South the Panthers have a chance to make the playoffs at .500 or even with a losing record.  What really bothers me is Rivera is a defensive head coach, and it's the defense that is losing the Panthers games.  You can get away with having a mediocre offense if the defense is kicking ass, but you can't get away with having the worst defense in the NFL if you're Rivera. 

#3034187 Ron Rivera is still terrible at clock management

Posted by hepcat on 21 October 2014 - 12:20 AM

Anyone else remember when he called a timeout that allowed the other team to kick a field goal?  Good times.

#3032239 Who Will Lose By The Most Points Next Week In The NFC South?

Posted by hepcat on 19 October 2014 - 11:47 PM

In our "sucky" period last year, we never ever got blown out like we have these days. We lost that game by 5 points and the defense was playing outstanding. I think they will stomp our asses into the ground.


The 2013 Panthers were never even CLOSE to as "sucky" as the 2014 Panthers.  The 31st ranked defense in the NFL is evidence of that.  This might be the worst defense the Panthers have ever had.  I keep seeing the defense breaking records set during the 2001 season (which for those who don't remember, was a 1-15 season for the Panthers).

#3031071 The Panthers need our help guys. (x-post from reddit)

Posted by hepcat on 19 October 2014 - 05:40 PM


#3031002 Gone Girl

Posted by hepcat on 19 October 2014 - 05:22 PM

I had mixed feelings on it.  I loved the roller coaster ride of emotion the movie sent you on, but I thought it was too long and the ending was poor.  Seemed like she got off WAY too easy after what had happened to her.  And don't you think those security cams at the dudes house would show she pre-meditated his murder?  You can't fake that stuff.  

#3030853 On the Luke Kuechly Ejection

Posted by hepcat on 19 October 2014 - 04:48 PM

If that warrants an ejection, the officials should be thrown out of the game for touching the players.

#3030298 Keep believing that the panthers will keep pounding.

Posted by hepcat on 19 October 2014 - 03:25 PM

Might be the first team ever to win the division at 6-9-1.  

#3029703 Luke being ejected is BULLSHIP!

Posted by hepcat on 19 October 2014 - 02:29 PM

No argument here.  Burfict tries to rip off ankles but gets to play the whole game.

#3023465 Today's practice tweets

Posted by hepcat on 16 October 2014 - 10:48 AM


Kelvin Benjamin, Charles Johnson, Fozzy Whittaker and Darrin Reaves present at practice but not participating today



Gah I hope Benjamin can play Sunday. 

#3020836 Most critical 4 game stretch ever?!?!?

Posted by hepcat on 14 October 2014 - 01:20 PM

No the most critical 4 game stretch ever was the 2003-2004 playoffs.

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