Carolina Panthers Season so far:
The Carolina Panthers sit second in the NFC south division with a (6-5) record. Carolina has had its ups and downs throughout this season. It all starts with the coaching. The the quarterback play hasn’t been consistent and neither has the defense. The Panthers have to play quite a few tough opponents such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints (twice) and the Seattle Seahawks.
Cam’s stats on the year haven’t been stellar unlike other top QB’s like Patrick Mahomes of Kansas City or Drew Brees of New Orleans. Newton’s stat line this year so far, 22 touchdowns 7 interceptions, 2,699 passing yards, with a rating of 103.7. Through eleven weeks of the season I like those stats, as a fan, I’d be happy with that. Respectable, but we are talking about Cam Newton here. In recent weeks “actual play” has been questionable. Not converting a two point conversion to win the game against the Detroit Lions, comes to mind. Not all of this is Cam’s fault but he can’t be making late mistakes that cost the team a win.
Last week head coach Ron Rivera was critical to the media after the loss to the Lions. I totally understand and agree, you play to win week in and week out. However, in true Monday Morning Quarterback, fashion kick the extra point! Down by one point on the road against a mediocre team just kick it and see where it goes from there. Hey I am not saying coach Rivera is a bad coach, he is good coach that has been good for the past 7+ seasons. We all remember the 2011 Super Bowl appearance but this is the NFL, what have you done for me lately?
Rest of the Season outlook:
Carolina plays the Saints twice in their final five games. Additionally they have to play the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons. In order to make the playoffs, my prediction is that they would have to win three out of the five games that remain, if not all of them. Christian Mccaffrey should keep playing at his current level to boost the offense and look to move past its struggles as of late.