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  1. Not going to make a prediction, but the answer to the original question is: Yes. This Panthers team can beat Philly. Fact is the defense and offense played well enough for us to beat Wash. Turnovers were the difference. Plain and simple. I think play calling, clock management, focus, and energy need to improve. But...look how we played against Cincy after the ATL loss. This team can learn from this performance and improve. I don’t like our chances on the road. Clearly, this team has way more focus at home. Philly is well coached, but still trying to smooth out some rough areas. A great team with some rough edges...just like the Panthers. The team with better focus will win. Philly has the edge coming off a win, having a few extra days to prepare, and playing at home.
  2. Carolina 7 7 10 3 27 Washington 3 7 0 7 17 This game is decided in the 3rd quarter as the Panthers get good field position after a turnover and the offense capitalizes. Redskins show life in the 4th, but too little, too late.
  3. We got out-coached. A common situation under RR. Atlanta looked at what we do best on defense, stop the run up the middle, and game planned around it. The reason we looked so bad is because Coleman was able to break off 15 and 20 yard chunks getting to the edge running the ball in the first half. Opened up everything ATL wanted to do. The D was chasing and got tired. This is exactly how ATL and NO beat us last year. We are weaker right now with our T. Davis. They neutralized our pass rush and made our tacklers miss just enough. Our offense was too conservative in the first half and we fell behind early. We were never able to catch up. Falcons made us pay for our one turnover. We let them off the hook. They fumbled twice and we couldn't fall on it. We got out-coached and out-played. ATL executed their game plan and we were late to react. This game will be the blueprint for every other team in how to attack this defense. I do not like our chances unless our coaches show they can put together a game plan that is actually clever and make adjustments before going down by 14. We did exactly what they thought we would do and they dictated the entire game. We look like a 7 win team whose coach is out of fresh ideas.
  4. Both teams have critical injuries and significant starters out. Atlanta's run defense is crippled. Our O-line is on life support. If Amini plays, it will be a liability mainly if Cam has to throw the ball further that 8 yards. That will only happen if the run game doesn't work. The run game should be effective, but the offense will still probably be limited. I don't see us scoring more that 20-23 points. On the other side, Atlanta can move the ball well between the 20s, but Ryan can be rattled and their red zone offense is crap. With ATL, they could gain 300 yards and still only score 14-16 points. So, injuries cancel out. Panthers carry a 17-14 lead into the 4th, go up 20-14 and manage to hold there. Carolina 3 7 7 3 20 Atlanta 7 0 7 0 14
  5. The thing that has impressed me most has been the run game. The scheme, the blocking, and the execution have been on point. And...we are just getting started. Also, to see Cam complete passes after rolling out of the pocket...crazy! He converted two key third downs doing that last night. I don't think he's had more than 2 plays like that in his entire career. Turner uses th strengths of his players and designs a game plan around that. Shula tried to force players to fit into a scheme. Night and Day is exactly right!
  6. There are certainly things that Shula could do to 1) focus on blitz protection in practice, 2) game plan to actually take advantage of an over aggressive D, and 3) make in game adjustments to adapt to whatever the defense is doing. Looking ahead to the Minnesota game, one thing we know is that they like to get pressure with their front four in a 4-3 package. This should bode well for our o-line. They do have an all pro pass rusher in Jared Allen, so i expect that there will be some pressure generated from the Vikes D-line. Will it be enough to frustrate Cam? Again, if he can break contain and float out of the pocket, then get up field a few times early on, it will help to soften up that front 7. Against AZ he really didn't get anything going and became one dimensional. Shula didn't call a good game in the second half and it seemed like we were going downfield on every pass play. Very few screens and underneath routes. THat Cards D is very good, no doubt. Minnesota isn't bad either. They have given up a lot of points, but they also have a defense that forces turnovers and scores points. Hopefully from Cam's perspective, the Cards loss will be a learning experience and he will approach the next game with a greater awareness and some strategies for overcoming the blitz. Vikings coming off a bye could be lackluster or could raise up on us. Hopefully, RR and Shula will think about their jobs a lot this week and bring some intensity to this squad. If we get to 1-5 I'd say we have to cut RR loose. We could have done better than Shula...in fact that might be a big reason we have lost 3 out of 4 games. Cam hasn't been stellar and now the stats are starting to bear that out. He was due for a 3 INT game. That doesn't mean that he won't turn around and have another 3 TD game next week. Leadership is being tested right now and arriving home in week 7 at 2-3 would do wonders for this team.
  7. The one thing that makes me think that this won't be like the Seattle game is that Palmer is not mobile and the Cards O-line is beaten up and they have a player making his first NFL start going up against Hardy. The only way they put up 27 points is if they get a ST or Def score (which I guess isn't out of the question). The chances of us getting e Def TD are just as high, if not higher. Probably...probably...13 points isn't going to be enough to beat us even if its a low scoring affair. Also, they don't really have a running game and we do. That bodes well for a team on the road. They are already one dimensional and we have just the D-line to attack the drop back passer. All of this seems to point to the Panthers having the advantage. The only thing that really worries me is that we have a knack for losing close games, so it is important that we get out to a 2+ score lead. Bury them early and make Palmer take those 5 and 7 step drops (of course Fitz will still probably get his 7 or 8 catches). I will stop just short of predicting a score or a winner, but on paper at least it looks like we have several key advantages and should...should...win. We also have historically played well in AZ.
  8. interesting to know about the issues that the Bills are having. It looks like they are a team that has a great many question marks, even at positions that probably should be solid (like the secondary). I hope our coaches can create a game plan to take advantage of this. I'd like to think they can, but RR's track record doesn't give me a lot of confidence. Looks like it will be a case of the running game opening up the play action downfield passing game. if the O-line can hold their own, we should be able to move the ball. I'm guessing that the winner of this game will need to score a minimum of 21 points. It might take a defensive TD for us to get there. Watched most of the Pats-Jets game last night and WOW! NE offense was brutal. They had 9 straight incomplete passes and probably at least 5 obvious drops by WRs. It wasn't so much that the Jets D was causing problems, the passing game was just not clicking and the announcers were saying that the same poo was happening against Buffalo. Credit to their coaching staff for pulling out two close wins under the circumstances, but this NE offense is a shadow of its former self with Welker and others. My point is...if that offense can put up 23 on this Buffalo team on the road, i like our chances (based on potential of course, not on what we saw in week one). Even so...NE is never really serious about running the ball, but we are. Buffalo hasn't faced a power running game like ours. It was pretty good last week. Should be better this week. We just need that added dimension of the deep threat. Ginn could have a big game. Another thing is that RR seems to be a slightly better coach on the road in these conditions. I think that bodes well for us this week.
  9. The first preseason game I think can be very telling. It sets the tone for the rest of the practice season and that can snowball into the regular season. The offense usually comes out looking to score on that first drive. I remember how the offense came out in 2011 and just lit up the Giants, Clausen and Cam looked solid. I was so excited because when Cam came in, it was just immediately clear that he would be the franchise QB for years to come. It became clear over the next couple of preseason and regular season games that this team would struggle to get Ws. But after that 1st preseason game I was so stoked. What I'm saying is that the preseason can be full of surprises and that first drive in game 1 sets the tone. I think players play harder in that game, honestly. Plus, as mentioned, you get to see the kick return game in action and that will be very telling because they are going to do the same thing in reg season. Game 1 is also a lot better if the opponent is a rival and we do kind of have a grudge thing going on with the Bears. We gutted them in that 2005 playoff game and they have had our number ever since. Plus, there's last year's heartbreaker which we lost after leading comfortably. Its a good match, because the Bears are a good team that will provide a good measure of our abilities.