The Carolina Panthers have had an extra week off to prepare for their first playoff game in years, but they haven’t taken the time off from preparing. They have been focusing on whichever team they may face and they are looking to be a team that is not only good, but one that is feared.
The Carolina Panthers have a first-round bye in the upcoming playoffs and they have an extra week to prepare for whatever team may end up facing them in Bank of America Stadium. Cam Newton recently said that they don’t care who their opponent is, but the key to winning is forgetting about egos and focusing on their opponent.
The Carolina Panthers had to win the last game of the season to get the NFC South title and a first-round bye so it’s not like it was a time they could rest their players. Steve Smith had to sit out with an injury, and there were not a lot of other options for Cam Newton to rely on, but there need to be.
The Carolina Panthers started off the season with a 1-3 start, and were tied with the Atlanta Falcons for second place. It wasn’t a second place that was even close to the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints, but the rest of the season proved to turn out completely different.
With all the stories of Seattle possibly suffering from a three hour time difference (kickoff was 10:00 a.m. according to their bodies), when the game was on the line, Seattle looked anything buy sluggish and they narrowly defeated the Carolina Panthers to start the season off on a good note.
The Seahawks open the regular season on the road for the tenth time in the last 14 seasons as they travel to Carolina this weekend for the first of five 10 a.m. kickoffs in 2013.
While the Seattle Seahawks can’t take their preseason record into the regular season, it’s comforting to know that a perfect 4-0 preseason including scoring 110 points (the second most in the league) and allowing just 36 (the least) for a league-leading 74 net points meant that all aspects of the ‘Hawks, not just the first team, were playing well throughout every game.
Having an elite signal-caller who can win you the game in crunch time is essential for any NFL franchise.
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton has the statistics of a superstar. Now he wants the wins to prove he belongs in the elite class of quarterbacks.
A dual-threat quarterback is something the Seattle Seahawks’ stellar defense has not seen yet. Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo are mobile QBs, but they run only out of necessity. Newton runs by design, as the Panthers utilize the read option he ran at Auburn.