Agreed 100 percent, but don't just ask little old me. Check out what legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka recently told Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who played for Ditka's famed 1985 Bears.
"We were talking about how a lot of people want to compare some of the things we're doing to what we did in '85. He said there are some similarities, and the strongest one, he feels, is that both teams are offensive line driven," Rivera said. "I reflected on that, and I thought, ‘You know, he's right.'
The running game was the constant when Carolina rallied from nowhere to qualify for the playoffs last season, and the group got going when
How big of an issue will it be to have two starting corners going down due to injury? – Matthew in Creedmoor, N.C.
Well it certainly isn't ideal, but the Panthers appear equipped to handle the losses, as my fellow writer Max Henson recently shared.
The Panthers are also prepared because they still have a standout corner in
If another cornerback were to go down, it would get more dicey, of course, but the Panthers also have confidence in recent practice squad call-up
Good hypothetical question. I'd prefer no such drama, but if it comes down to it this Sunday specifically, I'd vote for the defense on the field protecting the lead – but it has nothing to do with trusting the offense any less.
First off, in a game like Sunday's pitting such great defenses, scoring isn't easy. So, I'd rather have the points in hand than have to fight for them. Secondly (and maybe you'll say this is cheating), if the defense doesn't protect the lead, the game isn't necessarily over. Look back to Carolina's win in Seattle back in Week 6, when the offense came through in the clutch and gave the Panthers a 27-23 lead with 32 seconds left. Seattle's defense didn't close the deal, but at least the Seahawks still had a chance, albeit a slim one. Had the defense protected the lead there, then the game was completely over (well, Bengals fans might disagree).
Do you know what jersey color we will wear for the playoff? I'm very superstitious about what jersey to wear on game day. – Rob in Latham, N.Y.
The Panthers will go with their traditional white uniforms against the Seahawks. Not sure where your superstition lies, but here are some numbers: Carolina is 7-4 in the playoffs when wearing white and 0-2 when wearing black. When the Panthers have truly held the choice on which color to wear as the home team, they're 3-0 in white, 0-2 in black.
If the Panthers reach the Super Bowl, they're slated to wear white based on the alternating pattern the NFL uses to select uniforms for the big game.
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