if he plays like he's been playing I wouldn't consider him elite. Our defense has been carrying the team so far.
Newton in a sense also carries the team and deserves MVP consideration. He provides a huge boost to the run game and then helps turn many sacks into crazy gains with a scramble, then he's one of the best short yard options in football. A certain MVP candidate.
I'm certainly a Newton supporter. But his flaws are so clear and while he's getting better it hasn't really been a "lightbulb" kind of moment.
Which one is it? Defense carrying us or Cam is... why people keep saying this?
Everybody is doing their jobs which is why we're on a win streak. No one is carrying or being carried by anybody
This is if our records end up identical. Unless we beat the Saints twice. Assuming we split 1-1
1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
Here's to sweeping the Falcons, that's a MUST WIN GAME. MUST WIN
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
This is where it gets interesting. Saints beat the Bills, Cardinals... teams we lost to. We beat the Patriots, a team Saints lost to. Jets - MUST WIN. Why? Cause the Saints lost to the Jets. Here's hoping the Saints lost to the Seahawks, cause we lost to the Seahawks. We need the Saints to lose to Seahawks. And/or the Rams. It would be amazing to lose to both. We got it if that happens and we split 1-1
4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
This right here if it comes down to this is the KILLER. These fugers are undefeated vs NFC so far. If they lose tonight and we SPLIT with them, that would be only 2 losses against the NFC unless they lose to the Rams which would make 3 NFC losses(Panthers, Hawks, Rams) to our 3 losses(Saints, Hawks, Cards)... but if they do see 3 ^^^^
So realistically speaking here... its looking like we have to defeat them twice. And that sucks cause UNLIKE the NBA, the NFL don't reward the team with the best record HFA. There's nothing wrong with a wildcard. Its extremely possible to bulldozer to the SB it happens a lot. Just like... it's also possible to defeat them twice
“Put it like this, if I’m in a dark alley and I’m gonna fight a couple guys, I don’t want Steve Smith with me. He’s nothing but a talker, he’s soft. Come to Mississippi with that. That’s what you do. You come to Mississippi and we’ll teach you a couple lessons out there. We’ll show you how to be tough. He’s not tough. He wants to fight everybody in front of everybody, when he knows everybody’s gonna break the fight up.”
Called Steve a bully and brought up Ken Lucas fight and more
Just wrote up a 5 paragraphed response, but it failed to post. So for the sake of time, I don't appreciate your breakdown of my logic, especially considering I've watched an ESPN program maybe half a dozen times in my entire life.
The disconnect between the best of the best and the fringe playoff teams (that does include us) is larger than people think it is. Sure anything can happen, such as the Giants/Patriots or the Seahawks/Saints, but most of the time, the more experienced and well-rounded team will win.
We are not as solid all around as the Saints, Seahawks, Broncos, etc. We don't have their experience. We don't know how Rivera's newly found identity will act in the playoffs. It could change and fail under pressure, it could become overly aggressive, etc etc. Same with Cam, same with the secondary, same with most of this squad.
Etc etc, whatever other brilliant points I made that are now lost in the abyss of cyber space, something else about "would you honestly tell me...", blah too lazy to reiterate what I wrote originally.
Again, wrote a long response and it failed to post. Long story short: Sure, it helps, but playoffs are one and done. We can afford to lose primetime games when we're sitting at 8-3. Rivera and Newton are untrusted in a "win or it's over" scenario. Rivera's newfound identity could change with the loaded pressure, we never know how it'll hold up in a playoff game situation. Blah blah blah, whatever else I said that I forgot.
Brady/Belichick, Brees/Payton, Peyton/Fox, Wilson/Carroll, etc etc are cool as ice in these situations. They're battle tested and know what they're doing. Our guys are all unpredictable and we have no idea whether they will change come playoffs or whether they'll stick to what they're been doing.
I really wish my first post went through cause these two responses are absolutely terrible, but you get the relative idea.
Yeah but Delhomme/Fox didn't have experience either. Straight to the SB their 1st year. Even Kaep/Harbaugh had no experience. I wouldn't worry about that too much. I think game-planning holds more than experience. Then some players rise to the occasions
Coach Ron Rivera said on Friday the only members of the secondary guaranteed a starting spot are safeties Quintin Mikell and Mike Mitchell.
That means Captain Munnerlyn, who is only guaranteed a role as the starting nickel back, is in danger of losing his left cornerback spot and Melvin White his right corner position.
Munnerlyn was beaten by Miami receiver Mike Wallace for a 53-yard touchdown pass and a 57-yarder that resulted in a field goal in the first half. He also was beaten deep later in the game, but Wallace was overthrown.
White struggled in the 24-20 victory against New England two weeks ago and was inconsistent against the Dolphins.
“Your job is to keep it [play] in front of you and you have to,'' Rivera said after the game. "And we’re going to address that and make sure that it gets corrected. We’re going to play the guy that will do the things we ask him to do and do them the right way.