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.
It’s a huge night for the Panthers and their excited fans as we get set to try and jump our next “legitimate contenders”/relevancy hurdle by way of the visiting Tom Brady and his New England Patriots. The 6-3 Panthers are sitting firmly in 2nd place behind the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South while New England, at 7-2, is in first place in the more competitive AFC East division. The Panthers had an epic, hard-fought – and won – battle against Phineas‘ 49ers at Candlestick Park back on the 10th, and look to build on their 5 game win streak tonight. With that win, many sports analysts began talking about the Panthers in a serious light as being a top team to beat, a team that has more than a fighting chance to make it to the playoffs – and perhaps beyond. A win tonight against the storied Patriots would stoke that commentary all the more. And of course Panthers Coach Ron Rivera and company would certainly welcome it.
The Carolina Panthers (5-3) are visiting the SF 49ers (6-2) today for an afternoon game that both the national and local sports media have declared will be a true test for the Cats to see if they really are the “changed” team they’ve looked like the last several weeks. The 49ers are riding high on a 5 game winning streak, while the Panthers don’t look so bad themselves with their 4 game win streak. They key to the game for the Panthers will be what it’s always been: If they can win the points battle in the first half, to FINISH in the 2nd half on top.
It’s a chilly fall day here in Charlotte as NFC South division rivals the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers get set to go head to head in a 1 pm game that will see the Panthers (4-3) try to extend their 3 game winning streak to 4 while the Falcons (2-5) – who were considered Super Bowl contenders at the start of the season – try to get their team back on track.
The 4-3 Panthers have already played – and won – their game for this week this past Thursday against their NFC South Division rivals the Bucs, so in honor of Phineas, whose favorite team is the San Francisco 49ers (and my 2nd favorite team), I’m devoting today’s NFL football open thread to the 9ers vs Jags game.