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Panthers Predictably Win Big

By Brett Jensen
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(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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Some may say the Carolina Panthers are schizophrenic because of their up-and-down ways, and that there seems to be no rhyme or reason why they do or don’t do well. Actually, that’s what makes them very predictable.

The Panthers’ two wins have come against teams that are a combined 1-10, with the Giants being 0-6 and Minnesota 1-4. Not exactly cause for a ticker-tape parade. They are 0-3 versus teams that are a combined 10-8. That’s pretty predictable.

But here’s what makes them even more predictable: Carolina usually plays just well enough to lose to good teams late in the fourth quarter, and if they lose to a bad team, it’s usually late in the fourth quarter, too. When they win, they win big or with very little doubt. They don’t win close games.

Moreover, just when you think the season is over, they do just well enough to give false hope. And just when you start to allow yourself to believe Carolina could actually be on the verge of something positive, it loses like it did at Arizona.


And it’s because of those reasons that I think the Panthers will either win big against St. Louis, or lose late in the fourth quarter.

That’s what they do.

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