The Carolina Panthers (11-4) sit atop the NFC South are on the road for their final game of the regular season, and they will be playing division rivals the Falcons (4-11), where Atlanta – out of playoff contention – will seek to play spoiler against the Cats, who are aiming for a first round bye in the playoffs and a one home game with a win today. The Panthers will have to do it with a QB – Cam Newton – who has a sore ankle, and without injured stars WR Steve Smith, RB Jonathan Stewart, and DT Colin Cole. Would be nice to get the win today and a bye next week so all guys can rest up and get better in time for the playoffs, which this team will be doing for the first time since 2008.
Huge, huge, huge game for the Panthers today as they play the Saints here at home on a rainy but unseasonably warm Sunday afternoon. The Cats got smoked two weeks ago on Sunday Night Football in front of a national audience against the Saints in New Orleans, and not only do they want revenge for that but a victory today would also secure a playoff berth for the Panthers for the first time since 2008. A win today for the Saints would see them clinch the NFC South and a first-round bye:
A little late starting this as the game is just now in progress on CBS, but the Panthers and Jets both need a win today to stay in the playoff hunt. The embarrassing loss to the Saints last week was hopefully a wake up call to the Panthers that they are not invincible, and need to continue to improve at their game.
Getting set for a huge game tonight between NFC South division rivals the Saints and the Panthers. Both teams are at 9-3 and want to make the sole claim of having the best record in their division going into the home stretch of the regular season. The Saints suffered a painful Monday night loss to the Seahawks and would love nothing better than to move past that with a resounding win on their home turf over the Panthers, while the Panthers would love to add another game to their 8 game win streak, especially being on the road.
The Bucs (3-8) and the Panthers (8-3) are meeting up today here at home in their second match-up of the season. The Panthers won the first one and look to sweep while at the same time making it 8 wins in a row while the Bucs are looking to extend their win streak to 4 after having an extremely slow start to the season. This is one of those scary games where on the surface you’d think the Cats could win easily – but in reality the Bucs have gotten really good at playing spoiler this year and are hungry to continue turning their season around.
The Panthers (7-3) have traveled this weekend to Miami (5-5) for their next match-up and are riding high after their 24-20 Monday night win over the visiting New England Patriots. The Cats are on a 6 game win streak and hope to make it 7 today as they play a Dolphins team mired in a bullying scandal. Miami beat San Diego last week 20-16.