Not necessarily. They got their starting DE and starting CB back this week. There will always be some kind of lingering doubt if we could have pulled off a win with against their defense if it wasn't missing key pieces plus half their coaching staff missing. I don't think that's a fair way to look at it because it's the NFL, but it is what it is.
If we lose to the Cowboys, will anyone question their win with us missing our best offensive weapon and arguably our best DB? Doubt it.
I for one appreciate the team being called the Carolina Panthers, I have always lived in either North or South Carolina but never near Charlotte. I grew up in the mountains of WNC and have spent time in Upstate SC and now live near Charleston. I enjoy having my home team be the Panthers even though I’ve lived in both states. I agree the two states one team slogan is a little corny but I do appreciate the sentiment.