Carolina Panthers Early Bye Week: Helpful or Hurtful?

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The Carolina Panthers are one of two teams to have their first bye week. The Green Bay Packers are the only other team to have Week 4 off.

The Panthers had a rocky start to the 2013 NFL season. In Week 1, they played against the powerful Seattle Seahawks. The Panthers surprisingly held their own defensively and played a very tough game. Unfortunately, they gave up a touchdown late in the fourth quarter and could not regain the lead.

In Week 2, they played an unpredictable Buffalo Bills team. It was a great game to watch, but a heart breaker for Panthers’ fans. The Bills drove the field and scored the game winning touchdown with only seconds left on the clock.

Week three was a completely different game. The Panthers played the New York Giants at home in Bank of America Stadium. With both teams having a record of 0-2, they were looking to make a statement and keep their hopes alive. The Panthers destroyed the Giants by beating them 38-0, adding a franchise record for biggest win margin.

After this massive victory, the Panthers entered their bye week with lots to consider. However, could this bye week potentially hurt their momentum?

The purpose of a bye week is to give a team a chance to catch their breath, evaluate their performance, and prepare for the remainder of the season. Having an early bye week isn’t too helpful because there isn’t much to evaluate.

It does give the Panthers a long time to prepare for their next opponent, but a bye week should be utilized for more than just preparation. With a lot more weeks left in the season, it is very difficult for the Panthers to plan ahead and prepare for other factors such as injuries.

A bye week is supposed to allow players to heal their injuries and get some rest. Granted, the Panthers’ secondary has taken a few bumps and bruises already, but I still feel the bye week is too early. Not to mention, the Panthers had a lot of momentum after Week 3′s blowout victory. It will be difficult to carry the same intensity through the bye week and into Week 5.

At best, the Panthers can utilize their time to plan for the struggling Arizona Cardinals and get their second win of the season.

Patrick Newton is a Carolina Panthers writer for Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SirNewton17, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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