Cam Newton may have caught a break when he faces the Broncos this Sunday as starting cornerback Tracy Porter will miss his fourth straight game due to an illness. The Panthers may have to open up the playbook to keep pace with Denver QB Peyton Manning and Newton could take advantage of Porter’s absence.
The Panthers are a little thin on defense and that does not bode well for them getting their second win of the year against the Redskins. Washington is a little banged up themselves and a win would go a long way to makeing a second half run for a postseason berth.
The Panthers are dinged up on defense and that could make all the difference against the Seahawks on Sunday especially when having to face down the NFL’s leading rusher Marshawn Lynch who took most of the week off to rest. Seattle’s second ranked defense is relatively healthy and that could spell trouble for Carolina QB Cam Newton.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera gave a vote of confidence to his beleaguered safety Haruki Nakamura by saying he will remain a starter despite giving up the single biggest play in the loss to the Falcons last Sunday. The question is whether he will still be in the lineup against the Cowboys after the bye week.
Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers looked nothing like the team that was crushed on national television ten days earlier, and came within five seconds of their second win of the season. The Atlanta Falcons were not sharp but they were good enough to come away with a two-point victory courtesy of a 40-yard field goal by Matt Bryant.
The Saints need a win, so do the Panthers but Carolina is at home and showed they may have a defense this year. New Orleans has Drew Brees but a lot of distractions including a somewhat embarrassing loss to the Redskins at home in the season opener.