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.
The Panthers record is abysmal, they seemingly have more players on IR than actual healthy starters and the trade deadline is Thursday at 4 p.m. Carolina needs some cap relief to help the new general manager when he is named, but will they make the necessary deals to begin the rebuilding process?
It was hard to believe the Panthers team that took the field on Sunday was 1-5 because they gave the Chicago Bears and their quarterback Jay Cutler fits throughout. But the Monsters of the Midway prevailed on a last second field goal which handed Carolina their fifth straight loss dropping them even further into the cellar of the NFC South Division.
They say there are no moral victories when you have a losing record. but for the Panthers, getting a win against the Bears may not be as important as how they play. Chicago has the top rated defense and the 8th best offense – a lethal combination for anyone – so Carolina needs to keep it close and let the chips fall where they may.
Bit by the injury bug so far this season, Jonathan Stewart remains a big part of the Panthers present and future. Carolina needs him to be in the lineup if they have any hope of turning around their dismal 1-4 start.
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.
Running back Jonathan Stewart returns to the Panthers lineup but will the running back help DeAngelo Williams establish a running game good enough so quarterback Cam Newton can open up the playbook? Even if all things go well, the Atlanta Falcons are still a force to be reckoned with in the NFC South not to mention the National Football League.
This was not the way to make a first impression. Cam Newton and his Carolina Panthers let a banged up New York Giants team walk all over them on their own home turf in their first appearance on Thursday Night Football.
The New York Giants set a franchise mark of 510 net passing yards last Sunday against the Buccaneers, but they will be hard pressed to duplicate that number when they face the Panthers in Charlotte on Thursday Night Football. Carolina has a much improved defense and has an offense that can pile up yardage as well as points.