With the memory of last year fresh in our minds, Carolina Panther fans are jumping off of the bandwagon in droves, after the team has played poorly in it’s last two preseason games. Who can blame them? The franchise has not seen any success since late 2009 when Matt Moore led the team to a 4-1 record over the last 5 games of the season, and who can say that was actually good football?
Now before we go back to bashing the Panthers and only supporting our original hometown team where we moved here from (and mine is the Chicago Bears as I was born on the south side), lets calm down as I offer some home. This team has improved and will continue to improve.
We have to remember this is preseason football. The games are only for practice and are meaningless. There are fans and members of the media that will argue these games represent how teams will play during the regular season.
Fine, if you want to argue that point, let’s argue that point.
Last preseason Carolina was 1-3. They only averaged 8.25 points per game, scored 0 offensive touchdowns, and threw 3 interceptions. As much as we would like to forget it, the 2010 Panthers ended 2-14.
This preseason Carolina is 1-2. They are averaging 14.33 points per game, have scored 4 offensive touchdowns, and have only thrown 1 interception.
If this year’s version of the Panthers can improve their regular season points per game 6.08, it would move them from dead last in overall scoring to 26th (based off of last year’s final stats). That would put them above St. Louis, a team that almost won their division, with a (*ahem*) rookie quarterback.
I know these are only a few stats, and others can show the Panthers are not playing as well, but we can not lose hope. This team has a new quarterback in Cam Newton, a new coaching staff, and hopefully 73,000+ fans at Bank of America Stadium supporting them every week.