The road was kind in the wild-card round. The next challenge might be more daunting for the Saints, 49ers and Chargers. Not to mention the Colts, the only team to win at home this weekend.
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.
Both the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers sit tied atop the NFC South at 10-4. One of them will emerge as the winner of the conference in two weeks. The question is, who will secure the division title?
Ryan’s tenure as coach of the Jets could be in its final weeks. Keep Rex or Fire Rex? Well, that depends on who you ask.
The Jets (6-8) will be eliminated from playoff contention if Baltimore wins at Detroit on Monday night. “This one would be Ripley’s if we pull it off,” head coach Rex Ryan said Sunday.
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.
Chris Ivory is establishing a reputation for being one of the most physical players in the NFL. From dragging players to powering through tackle attempts, Ivory is one tough guy to bring down.
Gang Green enters this game relatively healthy. Can the Jets find a way to beat one of the league’s best teams?
The Panthers’ second-ranked defense is just too tough and they are going to make life miserable for Geno Smith.
Antonio Cromartie has his sights set on playing Sunday. Now, it’s up to the doctors.
New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes might have provided the Carolina Panthers with some bulletin board material.
“I don’t know. We’ll see,” coach Rex Ryan said. “Obviously, we’d like to get him out here if he can play and can be effective.”