The New Orleans Saints came into Sunday’s game against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers knowing they didn’t have a chance at victory. The Saints are terrible on the road, but it’s more the fact that the Panthers were upset that they laid a stinker against them two weeks ago. Talent will only get you so far in the NFL, but the hunger and determination will bring victories. The Panthers decided after the first Saints game that they were not losing to them again.
I have said all season that everyone should give the Panthers their proper respect, and maybe now they will start to get it (but I doubt it). The NFC is still seen as a two-team race between the San Fransisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. Everyone keeps jumping over the Panthers like they are a flash with little or no substance.
The Panthers have the league’s second-best defense and quite possibly the NFL Defensive Player of the year in Luke Kuechly. They have a young mobile quarterback with a cannon of an arm, and a group of speedy and dependable receivers in Steve Smith, Ted Ginn Jr., Brandon LaFell and Greg Olsen. The running game is a four-headed monster with Newton, DeAngelo Williams, Mike Tolbert and Jonathan Stewart.
This is still a team that started out 1-3 and are 11-4, and most importantly 7-1 at home. Please feel fee to point out any team that wants to come to Bank Of America Staduim in the playoffs and face this hot team. If defense wins championship, then why are the Panthers not getting their proper respect for what they have done all season?
I warned everyone early on to recognize what was happening with this team but not too many listened. Better finalize your travel plans now for the Super Bowl, which will feature the Denver Broncos and the Panthers.