The Carolina Panthers have firm control of second place in the NFC South and they are looking to keep pace with the first-place New Orleans Saints. This weekend, the Panthers could knock the Atlanta Falcons even further into third place and they’re just healthy enough to do it.
As the time comes for the Thursday night game against the desperate Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Carolina Panthers are traveling with a rather healthy squad. There have hardly any players ruled out and things are going in the right direction for the team to climb above .500 for the first time in years.
The Carolina Panthers are looking good with two victories out in the past three games, and they’ve got a healthy enough team to contend with anyone in the NFL. The St. Louis Rams are on a two-game winning streak, but are about to step into the Panthers’ den.
Two year old son of the Minnesota running back in critical condition after beating while Vikings quarterback situation remains murky. Carolina in good shape looking to rebound from tough loss a week ago.
The Bills have five players out including some key backups while the Panthers look ready to play.
Seattle’s DE Chris Clemmons and CB Brandon Browner and Carolina’s DT Dwan Edwards and S Michael Mitchell could miss game
When a bad season is over it is said to have ended mercifully, but in the case of the Panthers there is a real sense that the best is yet to come despite a 7-9 record. Cam Newton may have come of age in a single 60 minutes of play while head coach Ron Rivera gave his boss, Jerry Richardson, something to think about when it comes to his job. Happy New Year, Panthers’ fans!
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.
It was a day not fit for man nor beast, and that was just the yellow flags that were raining down on their heads. A plethora of personal fouls ruined an otherwise boring game but in the end the Carolina Panthers did something no one thought possible a few short weeks ago and that was matching last year’s win total.
Defense has not been a trademark of the 2012 Raiders, having given up 402 points in 14 games, so it will be no surprise if they add to that inflated number this weekend. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Richard Seymour has somehow stayed on the active roster all season, despite missing the last six contests, and he will be out again when his team tries to slow down the recharged Panthers.