For the fourth time in the last five seasons, the Panthers will close out the season against the division rival Saints, and the only thing on the line for either club is to finish on a positive note. Carolina desperately wants to surpass last year’s win total while New Orleans, disappointed that they will miss the postseason for the first time since 2008, is looking to go 8-8.
In a season filled with injuries, the Panthers are very used to saying, “Next man up.” This week is no different as they have to replace their number one back and number two receiver as they host the 11-1 Falcons who are in a lot better shape, physically.
If the Panthers were to entertain a theme song for this season it might as well be David Bowie’s 1972 hit single “Changes,” because there have been so many of them on the roster. And on the subject of changes, Cam Newton has also made some, all for the better.