If you're a fan of the Carolina Panthers, their comeback against the Cincinnati Bengals was probably pretty sweet. But was the tie at the end of overtime satisfying?
The Panthers continue to play way over their collective talent level. With so many question marks at wide receiver, along the offensive line and in the secondary before the year, the Panthers weren't expected to compete at this level. But here they are, going toe-to-toe with one of the AFC's best teams.
Credit Ron Rivera. Credit Cam Newton. Definitely credit assistant coaches Ricky Proehl (wide receivers) and Sean McDermott (defensive coordinator). With a Week 7 win over the Green Bay Packers, we could be talking about one of the NFC's best teams. If they can double that up with a win over Seattle in Week 9, the Panthers will be a Top 5 team.
To be honest I have even forgotten what that word means. This team needs to get better at getting at the opposing QB. The secondary isnt good enough to hold down a quality offense like the Bengals. Just imagine if AJ Green had played in this game, im sure most of us would be begging for a tie. CJ is looking like he will be in the same list of wasted money like Jstew and Dwilly at this point.....
The Carolina Panthers have been as up-and-down as any team in the NFL during the early part of the season. And now, with a win over the Chicago Bears, they climb back up the rankings.
Cam Newton may not be a popular MVP candidate, and who knows if the numbers will be there for him at season's end, but few players are as crucial to their team's success as he is. With a ragtag offensive line, a depleted running-back corps and receivers named Brenton Bersin and Philly Brown, the Panthers are winning. And that's a huge testament to Newton's maturation and development as a quarterback.
The schedule won't be easy for the reigning NFC South champions, but the way this division looks today, there is no team playing better through five weeks.