Panthers can only play the teams on the schedule. The championship Patriots and 49ers teams don't have an asterisk next to their victories in the record books for having played a soft schedule either.
So far the D is bringing it every week unlike past Panther teams that had a tendency to play down to the competition. Rhule has these guys prepped and RTG regardless.
CMCs one of the leaders of the team and any time a leader goes down like that, it does deflate a team. That's why the 2nd half was so important.
It isn't that we are playing bad offenses and barely holding them. We are crushing them. Plus... The Saints were fresh off a 38 point performance and dismantling of the Packers. The Texans aren't good but have clearly made some plays and have offense weapons to put up points. And we crushed all 3 of them.
I think 1985 bears comparisons are far too soon, but this defense is great.
Stepping on the gas in the second half. 7-6 was a scary moment where it all felt like it was going the Texans way. We made halftime adjustments and had a great 2nd half.
The injuries. I get it injuries happen in the NFL, but it felt like a pile on tonight