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.
The fading Jets are now 6-8 after their 30-20 loss to the Panthers. Their playoff hopes are on life support.
The Jets coach said this week he’s talked at length to his brother Rob, defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, about stopping Cam Newton and the Panthers.
Gang Green enters this game relatively healthy. Can the Jets find a way to beat one of the league’s best teams?
Jets coach Rex Ryan knows his team needs a win on Sunday to remain legitimate contenders in the AFC playoff picture. But that won’t be easy against 9-4 Carolina.
The last time the Jets won consecutive games was just a shade over a year ago. If they want to keep their playoff hopes alive they will almost certainly have to do it again, for starters.
Gang Green is set to face one of the best teams in the NFC. Can the New York Jets find a way to upset the Panthers and stay in the hunt for a postseason berth?
The Giants’ offense is a mess, and coach Tom Coughlin knows time is running out to find answers and salvage the season.
After Sunday’s shutout loss to the previously winless Carolina Panthers, no one can argue that Big Blue hasn’t earned its position at the bottom of the NFC East standings. After all, the G-men allowed the Panthers to set a team record with seven sacks of Eli Manning. Panthers quarterback tossed three touchdown passes as Carolina thoroughly embarrassed New York 38-0.
The defensive line played a huge role in the Giants’ run to a Super Bowl title two years ago. It slipped a little last season as New York missed the playoffs and it’s been almost non-existent in the 0-2 start this year.
The Carolina Panthers have been a victim of early season bad luck, while the New York Football Giants have been a victim of their own poor play. Can the Giants defense slow down the Panthers Cam Newton and Steve Smith, in order to get their first win of the young season?
Georgia’s Aaron Murray beat out Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as first-team all-SEC preseason choice.
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.