The world did not come to an end as the Mayans had predicted, so that is good news for the Panthers as they get to play a downtrodden Raiders team on Sunday to close out their home schedule. After a brutal start to the season, Carolina is one win away from matching their record from a year ago and have a chance to better it with one game remaining on the docket.
On the heels of facing off against his former team, wide receiver Louis Murphy is excited to be playing the Oakland Raiders during the Carolina Panthers last home game here in Charlotte, NC.
The way they have been playing of late the Panthers were probably looking forward to taking on the reeling Chargers. That is, until the Friday injury report put them behind the eight-ball with eight starters on it, three definitely out and possibly two more ready to join them.
In a season chocked full of rookie sensations, one is rapidly climbing the Defensive Rookie of the Year ladder. Linebacker Luke Kuechly leads the league in tackles, just like he led the nation at Boston College, and despite the Panthers losing record, he could get serious consideration for the top first year player award. Carolina is also knee deep in players on injured reserve.
In a season filled with injuries, the Panthers are very used to saying, “Next man up.” This week is no different as they have to replace their number one back and number two receiver as they host the 11-1 Falcons who are in a lot better shape, physically.
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 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?
Mac Attack Former Oakland Raider and newly acquired Carolina Panther wide receiver Louis Murphy joins the Mac Attack for the first time. He talks about his 4.25 40 speed, his injuries and his troubles in Oakland. He says he is very excited to be joining Cam Newton and an explosive offense.
Yesterday seemed like a normal Monday. The slow, dragging morning, the stark pain of waking up and returning to work, and the long drawn-out afternoon until it’s finally time to go home and unwind. Well, yesterday the Carolina Panthers added a little extra incentive to get home faster and read up on all the news. The Panthers, who have never been a team to make too many off-season trades and acquisitions, made not one but two trades yesterday.