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Times Panthers lived up to the optimism in week 1

Sep 04 2012 07:45 PM Fiz Carolina Panthers
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1996: They finished with the best record ever for an expansion team in 1995, and started off 1996 with a throttling of the Falcons in their new stadium opener. I know the score isn't that impressive, but they completely dominated every facet of the game. It was an ass whooping.

1997: After coming short of the Super Bowl the year before, they were older, and.......well, older, mostly. Kevin Greene had bailed on the team to go to San Fran so he could wrestle in WCW, and the team was a massive disappointment. In what would turn into a pattern, they lost to the Redskins.

2000: They finished 1998 with the 3-5 best offense in the league depending on what stats you use, and were a choke job against the Steelers from making the playoffs out of nowhere. Still, 2000 wasn't meant to be. They came out completely uninspired and lost to what turned out to be a pretty blah Redskins team.

2003: I guess some people were optimistic after 2002, even though I'm not sure they should have. The Panthers rode some late game dramatics to a win over pseudo rival Jacksonville.

2004: the Panthers had lost the Super Bowl the year before, and were presumptive favorites to get back to the game. However, they were thoroughly outplayed on primetime by the Green Bay Packers.

2005: After a furious charge to end the 2004 season, Panthers were again favorites to reclaim the NFC throne. And while their mash unit would eventually lose in the NFC Championship game to the Seahawks (after maybe the best football game I've ever seen the week before), they stumbled out of the gate, losing to a team that had spent training camp practicing in Lowe's parking lots with donated equipment. I don't give a poo about narratives, that game was inexcusable. That Saints*** team was wretched.

2006: The Panthers reloaded and were SI's pick to win it all. Then they started the season with a completely lackluster effort against the Atlanta Falcons. I have tons of words about the 2006 season because I don't feel it's ever really discussed but that'll be another day.

2007: I don't really know if there were any overly optimistic people heading into this season, but I'm sure some people still like to pretend it was a 12 win team if Jake hadn't gone down. So sure, let's include it. They went into the Edward Jones dome and took care of business against some preseason darlings in St Louis. Of course that team was a husk of itself and no one knew it yet. Still, good performance on the road. If you were really stoked about the 2007 team (you shouldn't have been) this would be living up to expectations.

2008: they were dogs heading into that first season and no one was giving them a second thought no one tell me there were high expectations. They were picked to finish 3rd in the south in most publications.

2009: The Panthers had just lost in the 2008 divisional game in hilarious fashion, but most people (on here especially) just attributed that to a random jake game, and that they would bounce back. The defensive corps was in place after all. They opened with the Eagles and-

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PRESENT DAY

The Panthers enter the 2012 season with high expectations. Sure, they're a complete sieve on one side of the ball, and instead of addressing the worst parts of their defense they took a luxury player in the first round, but the offense was great last year, and should be even better this year. Right? RIGHT?

Basically Tampa is a trap game as hell and not the kind this team has historically won.

On the other hand, the past is the past (only two players were on the super bowl team) and has no bearing on current performance.



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In the past....looked like the Panthers were not prepared for game 1. they sometimes looked lost.

As Zod said, did not happen last year. I do not expect it to happen this year either.
"Times panthers lived up to week 1 optimism"

Week 1 of the 2012 season enroute to the franchise's 1st Super Bowl win.

How bout dem apples

Eventually. Most people on here weren't following the team then.


Wasnt 06 the year we lost to the Vikings on the road cause of Gambles stupid back lateral

Wasnt 06 the year we lost to the Vikings on the road cause of Gambles stupid back lateral

god. that play.....I had forgotten about it till now.
tampa secondary scares the poo out of me. they're going to surprise people. i'm not even remotely comfortable going into this game.

If only someone had the gut to make a "remember Arizona " banner for training camp. Coulda saved the season :(

a banner like that..does NOT ...need to be made...


its best we forget.

tampa secondary scares the poo out of me. they're going to surprise people. i'm not even remotely comfortable going into this game.



Two words..Rhode Barber= Father Time @ free safety= Murphy and Smitty+TDs=Panther Win
Fear and regret. The first is of the future, the latter is of the past. You guys are going to get real tired trying to live two lives, one with what is actually going on and the other one concentrating on things you can't do anything about.

I say fuc k it! We winning the GODDAMN Super Bowl and until it doesn't happen I am whistling a happy tune out of my ass everyday until we are eliminated.

Then next year....wash, rinse, repeat, wash, rinse, repeat...I am fairly young...I can wait until it happens. Fuc k fear and regret.

2012 Carolina Panthers Super Bowl Champions regardless of what happens in week one.
talib has done a very, very good job against steve smith over the past couple of seasons. has he gotten a touchdown against them since the monday night game in 2008? (maybe one, i think in 2009, but that was against some dipshit nickel corner, and even i could see the mismatch from the stands, and even matt moore was able to make the TD throw on the quick slant.)

baron will be a top five safety in the league within a year or two.

rhonde sucks donkey balls and should've retired two years ago but he's still decent in coverage and there's enough good tacklers on that defense that he won't be stuck in run support by himself.


our best bet is to pound the ball and kick their asses with play-action to take advantage of barber's age and baron's inexperience.

She was great in American Haunting


American Horror Story? I agree...
I can't believe more people haven't been discussing the season-opening popcorn fart in 2005 since Fiz brought it up in the OP. We were a much better, more talented team than the Saints* (who were also one of the worst teams in the league that year) and we couldn't beat them. Then two weeks later we lose to a Dolphins team led by Gus Frerotte, scoring 27 points on our defense. Sandwiched in between those two blunder games was a win against the defending super bowl champion Patriots where we limit Brady and the offense to 10 points.

This was my reaction to the first quarter of the 2005 season
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That 2005 Pats game was one of the loudest games I have been to.

talib has done a very, very good job against steve smith over the past couple of seasons. has he gotten a touchdown against them since the monday night game in 2008? (maybe one, i think in 2009, but that was against some dipshit nickel corner, and even i could see the mismatch from the stands, and even matt moore was able to make the TD throw on the quick slant.)


that was 2010 on a 4th and short play. the bucs sold out against the run and yeah it was a quick slant that smith took to the house.

I can't believe more people haven't been discussing the season-opening popcorn fart in 2005 since Fiz brought it up in the OP. We were a much better, more talented team than the Saints** (who were also one of the worst teams in the league that year) and we couldn't beat them. Then two weeks later we lose to a Dolphins team led by Gus Frerotte, scoring 27 points on our defense. Sandwiched in between those two blunder games was a win against the defending super bowl champion Patriots where we limit Brady and the offense to 10 points.

This was my reaction to the first quarter of the 2005 season
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don't forget entering the fourth quarter up 19 against a poo green bay packers team on monday night football only to watch them score 16 unanswered points before we finally got a stop and won by 3.

tampa secondary scares the poo out of me. they're going to surprise people. i'm not even remotely comfortable going into this game.

It depends on how much Cams accuracy and discipline has improved. If Steve Smith is healthy we will have targets for Cam.I think the underneath routes will be there if we take what the defense gives

American Horror Story? I agree...


Yeah that.

New season looks great

That 2005 Pats game was one of the loudest games I have been to.


Forgotten fact: That game was actually played on the surface of the sun.

Forgotten fact: That game was actually played on the surface of the sun.


Yea it was hot as hell
Besides losing the SB '08 was the worst for me... I was sure we were going to make a deep run into the playoffs and maybe even win the SB. The stars seemed to be aligned for us, we had 9-7 Arizona at home on a rainy night.

That loss and the announcement from Peppers the follow Saturday were devastating, biggest swing from a high to a low that I've experienced outside of losing the SB.

don't forget entering the fourth quarter up 19 against a poo green bay packers team on monday night football only to watch them score 16 unanswered points before we finally got a stop and won by 3.


hoping the foxball days are gone for good.

hoping the foxball days are gone for good.


needed a last minute touchdown pass from chris weinke to beat the lions too.

what a strange season that was.
The Green Bay monday nighter in 2004 was one of the low points. I'll never forget smitty rolling around the ground with his leg broken. That season ended almost as soon as it began.
Things are different this year though. For one I think it starts with Rivera. Everyone got duped by John Fox because he made a run to the SB with us. The style of football he played just lacks consistency in the current era. "Looks like Jared Allen is really beating up on Jake today" Fox Solution: "Uhhh block better Jordan *chew* *chew*... that'll solve it".

All in all though, we've done pretty damn well for only being in the league since 1995. Add to the fact that we nabbed a legitimate star quarterback (something we, the texans or the jags have never really had) in the draft and theres no reason to think we won't get better. Cam may never be as good a passer as Brady or Brees but I think he can be just as good a quarterback and get to a point where 10+ win seasons are routine.
So 2008 but there was no optimism shown by the fact we were picked to go third in the South by most publications,

But 2012 there is widespread optimism shown by the fact we've been picked to go third in the South by most publications,.
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SZ James (banned)
Sep 05 2012 11:40 AM

So 2008 but there was no optimism shown by the fact we were picked to go third in the South by most publications,

But 2012 there is widespread optimism shown by the fact we've been picked to go third in the South by most publications,.


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