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.
Panthers Hope To Give Their Record A ‘Healthy’ Boost In Black And Blue Division Contest Against Bears
The Panthers have battled two foes this year, the opposition and the injured reserve list. Both have shared in the team’s 1-5 start and with the Bears up next, Carolina can only hope the Monsters of the Midway don’t knock any more players out of the lineup.
One team could get their season back on track but the Cowboys have some significant injuries to their offense and special teams. The Panthers are hurting too, but after week off they are focused and ready to go.
The Cowboys seemed to have found their running game against the defensive minded Ravens and against the Panthers this Sunday it could open new vistas in the passing game now that Tony Romo has found his favorite target. Dallas also has a solid defense and that could create problems for a Carolina team in desperate need of a victory.
The way things are going for the Carolina Panthers they might be hard pressed to equal last year’s 6-10 record. With the offense sputtering, a quarterback that hates to lose but continues to do so and a defense that is better but not elite, how close are they from thinking about next season?
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.