Not many people knew what to expect when the Chiefs hosted the Panthers on Sunday, because there was nothing to compare it to, but right from the opening drive there was a sense the home team was about to play their best game of the season. And they did, despite the horrific murder-suicide that took place a little more than 24-hours earlier.
Head coach Ron Rivera pretty much put the kibosh on running back Jonathan Stewart being available to play in Kansas City but with the ground game the way it has been all season, quarterback Cam Newton will more than likely lead the team in rushing once again. DeAngelo Williams wilkl be hard pressed to match him yard for yard.
The Panthers have had their fair share of injuries this season, so once again they have to reach into their bag of reserves and pluck out second-year tackle Sione Fua to take over for Ron Edwards, who is gone for the season with a dislocated elbow. Meanwhile, running back DeAngelo Williams is getting the reps while Jonathan Stewart nurses his second high ankle injury of the year.
Eleven. That is the number of Panthers on injured reserve–an average of one per game. Now, Ron Edwards is the latest to join the not-so-exclusive club. But through it all, head coach Ron Rivera has tried to hold his team together while doing his best to help his young quarterback get through the trials and tribulations of a sophomore campaign.
In any other season it might have been a good game but when the Panthers and Eagles square off Monday night the only people that might be interested in turning on their televisions are those in the Philadelphia and Charlotte markets. That’s provided they haven’t already lost interest in their home teams.
They Panthers had their foot on the neck of the Buccaneers but somehow they let them slip out from under it.Carolina may be gasping for air at 2-8 but they may now be turning their attention to grabbing the best possible position in the 2013 NFL Draft after another crushing defeat.
The Buccaneers come to town on a roll and want to head back to Tampa Bay with their first four-game win streak since 2008 even though they have dropped three of their last four at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers, on the other hand, simply need a victory if they hope to make some lemonade out of what has been a lemon of a season.
Special teams coordinator Brian Murphy is the latest member of the Panthers to be shown the door, so it is a pretty good bet there will be more to follow. So as long as everyone is being “evaluated,” isn’t it time to look at those who run the offense for the defensive-minded head coach, Ron Rivera?
It is safe to say that the mere mention of the word Manning around the water cooler these days might just get you uninvited to the Christmas Party after Peyton duplicated what his younger brother Eli did a number of weeks back, hang 36 points and a loss on the Panthers. Even with six prior losses, this might just be Carolina’s low point of 2012.
The Carolina Panthers flashed back to a year ago to do something had not done in 2012 and that was put together a complete game from start to finish. The Washington Redskins were flat and Ron Rivera’s team took advantage at every opportunity to pick up just their second win in eight tries.