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The Carolina’s are under water along with their NFL team

Posted by Betonline Team on 10/18/2016 1:33:45 AM
The Carolina’s are under water along with their NFL team

Much of North and South Carolina are under water after the devastating attack of Hurricane Matthew, which ravaged much of the east coast of the United States. More than 2,000 residents were evacuated from the homes and 16 people were killed. Therefore, a recent Carolina Panthers nationally televised Monday night football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was to be an evening to forget and a chance of the area’s NFL team to shovel itself out of a tough spot a few months after advancing to the Super Bowl where the Panthers were smothered by the Denver Broncos defense.

However, the Panthers (1-4) continued their losing ways. Defensive mistakes, especially on the defensive line were costly as the Bucs reserve running back Jacquizz Rodgers ran for a career-high 101 yards. He only played because of injuries to Doug Martin and Charles Sims. And Rogers is no star. He was released last season by the Chicago.

Of the last 128 teams that began a season 1-4, only eight made the playoffs. The Panthers still believe but must stop giving up big numbers to opponents both big and small. A week earlier Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 532 yards with 300 of them going to receiver Julio Jones. It is the first time an NFL quarterback has passed for 500 yards and a receiver gotten 300 yards in the same game.

It’s been 23 years since the losing Super Bowl team returned the following season. The Panthers are on the verge of continuing that streak

Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin said the Panthers remain confident but also said: “But when you are losing, your head starts sagging and you start to get down in the dumps.”

Safety Kurt Coleman talked about keeping the faith.

“When you talk about the faith you have to be able to see the unseen to believe the things that other people may not believe,” he said. “I preach this to the DBs all the time. We have to believe even when other people doubt, because doubt creates fear, and fear obviously creates mistakes.”

Carolina ended the Tampa game with a litany of mistakes. The Bucs game-winning field goal came after a 15-yard face mask penalty and a host of defensive break downs that allowed Tampa to pound the ball down the field on the final drive. Injuries have played a big role, including a concussion that sidelined 2015 MVP Cam Newton.

There is much panic in the Carolinas. However, should there be? Slow starts seem to be a way of life here. Carolina finished 15-1 last season, but this is the Panthers third 1-4 start under head coach Ron Rivera. So he has experience in digging is team out of holes.

“We have got enough older guys on this team we are not going to have any problems staying together,” said All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly. “I do not think there’s going to be any issues with guys jumping ship, there’s a guy in every room that’s an older guy that’s going to keep things together.”

However former teammate and current Minnesota Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn disagrees. He said the Panthers get down when they fall behind. Recently Munnerlyn said he knew his team was in good shape when it took a 22-10 lead over the Panthers. “When we took the lead. I know those guys. I knew it was over,” Munnerlyn told the Sporting News. “I’ve been in that locker room before, so I knew. Those guys don’t really play well when they are down.”

The Panthers are not only down, but people are piling on now.


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