5 Reasons Why the Carolina Panthers Won’t Win the NFC South in 2014

Why the Panthers Won't Win the NFC South

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The Carolina Panthers are looking to defend their title as division champions in 2014. However, instead of taking a step forward to better their team during the offseason, Ron Rivera and company took a few steps back. It’s going to be tough for them to compete at the level they did last year. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five reasons why the Black and Blue won’t win the NFC South.

5. Vulnerable Secondary

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5. Vulnerable Secondary

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The departure of Captain Munnerlyn may come back and haunt the Panthers’ secondary. Antoine Cason and Thomas DeCoud were nice additions, but with Charles Godfrey making the switch to corner and former Saints safety Roman Harper set to start at strong safety, the secondary will be a bit vulnerable to big plays.

4. Cam Newton Has No Targets

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4. Cam Newton Has No Targets

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Steve Smith, Brandon Lafell and Ted Ginn Jr. are all goners, so now the only person Cam Newton is familiar with is TE Greg Olsen. Drafting Kelvin Benjamin was a no-brainer, but still, with him, Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant, Newton has no proven wideouts.

3. Receivers Have No Experience With Each Other

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3. Receivers Have No Experience With Each Other

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All of the new receivers who recently joined the team have no experience with each other. They basically get one month to build and form a chemistry, which is incredibly tough to accomplish. Newton’s targets may struggle bonding with one another early on in the season.

2. The Schedule is Not Easy

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2. The Schedule is Not Easy

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The rankings may not say it, but the Panthers don’t have the easiest of schedules this season, especially on the road. Playing at Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Philadelphia and New Orleans will certainly be a test. Not to mention, the defending Super Bowl champions will be traveling back to Carolina this year.

1. The New Orleans Saints

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1. The New Orleans Saints

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Instead of taking a step forward, the Panthers took a step back. The New Orleans Saints…quite the opposite. Sean Payton and company are looking at one of the best rosters they’ve had in years, so it’s going to be tough for any team to top the Black and Gold in the NFC South.


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