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  1. TB @ CAR: CAR (52 Points) DAL @ WAS: DAL IND @ TEN: TEN SEA @ PIT: PIT BUF @ NYG: BUF NE @ MIA: NE JAX @ HOU: HOU MIN @ GB: MIN LAC @ DET: LAC SF @ CIN: CIN AZ @ BAL: BAL KC @ OAK: KC NO @ LAR: LAR CHI @ DEN: CHI PHI @ ATL: PHI MNF: CLE @ NYJ: CLE (44 Points)
  2. This is an opportunity for the Panthers to get off to a good start of a great season and make an early statement in the NFC. That statement should include we pressure the QB from unexpected angles and directions, we are disciplined and will stop the run, and our play calling stresses converting on TDs in the red zone rather than settling for field goals. The Rams were 29th in league last season in giving up plays of 20 yards or more in greater than 10 % of dropbacks. We need to take advantage of their risk- taking.
  3. Anxious Weary Intrigued Nervous And that spells A WIN.
  4. This is probably a way to free up salary cap space now that will then be carried forward to next season.Unused space can be carried forward dollar for dollar. This spreads the additional space next year over the remaining years of the players' restructured contract. It may mean that they anticipate a need for greater space next season. It may be a sign that they foresee a contract extension in the offing for Cam next season.
  5. Here is an interesting statistic related to this game courtesy of the Athletic: There will be opportunities for big plays. The difference between winning and losing will be the ability of the Panthers to successfully seize those opportunities. I believe they will succeed.
  6. One possible explanation relates to the ability of teams to carry forward unused salary cap space from the prior year. This is optional. Teams must notify the league of the amount they wish to carry over from one year to the next by 14 days before the new league year. I do not know if the league publically releases this information.
  7. Good things happen to bad people, which is aggravating. Sometimes good things happen to good people and I feel happy. Sometimes bad things happen to good people and I am sad. Every once in a while overtly bad things happen to bad people and I get a sense of justice. I would love to see this self-absorbed egomaniacal buffoon lose his $30 million. Karma can be a b!tch.
  8. Generally speaking, Kirk Cousins notwithstanding, you do not like to have your QB go into the last year of their contract. That likely makes this a pivotal year for Cam since he has two years remaining on his deal. If he has a great year then there is a strong likelihood that a new deal north of $30 millions per year will be in his future. If he has a poor year and/or injury riddled year then his future as a Panther becomes very murky. Let's be honest if Cam has a poor year then it means the Panthers are having a poor year and major changes will be in the offing and at a least a partial rebuild will be in our future.
  9. I really enjoyed playing last season and miss UpstatePanther. I hope he comes back. As it happens I made picks on NFLPickwatch. My name is the same as here...FakePlasticTrees. I assume we would be measuring straight up picks rather than against the spread. Correct? I think you can set up a league using ESPN. I have made picks there as an individual but never in a league. They do the scoring for you.
  10. Anticipation, anxiety, hope, and expectation. I am beginning to believe a great start is around the corner. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001048403/article/cam-focused-on-football-not-injuries-ahead-of-opener Cam's progression this offseason was marked by small steps back to the field, from throwing off to the side to showing off his new throwing motion with footballs, from returning to padded practice to starting Carolina's preseason tilt. Now fully healthy, Newton feels like a new man and thankful to be with the Panthers for a ninth professional season. "I feel like a rookie again. I'm having fun, feeling good and the thrill is still there, man," Newton said. "I'm blessed, just knowing that, man, you just got to sometimes put things into perspective. Just two or three weeks, two or three days ago, grown men cried, you know what I'm saying? People getting unexpectedly cut, released, traded or whatever. I'm just lucky to be a part of a fan base and organization for the same nine years. A lot of people can't say the same." In addition to his lengthy rehab, Newton is chalking up his recovery from his shoulder and foot injuries to a change in diet.
  11. I think if the Panthers' line is a top ten OL then the sky is the limit.
  12. That is good stuff! I hope that joy carries forward past Sunday afternoon.
  13. I just got a 1-year subscription to the Athletic for $24. I will peruse it now. They are having a Labor Day sale.
  14. The Panthers have won 4 out of their last 5 week 1 games with the lone loss being the one point loss at Denver. It does feel as though there are more unknowns this season than past seasons. The Panthers starting offensive unit had very few plays together in the preseason. In truth, the starting defensive unit likewise had few preseason snaps together. It strikes me that a key will be to stop Gurley and make Goff throw. I also have a sense that it will be important for Cam to get off to a great start and you know Wade Phillips will have some surprises and I hope the same is true of Norv Turner. I choose to be optimistic.
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