The Patriots’ QB, Tom Brady, is 13-4 on Monday Night Football. The last time the Patriots were on the Carolina Panthers’ home turf was eight years ago.
On February 1, 2004 the Panthers and Patriots played in Super Bowl XXXVIII. That was the game whose halftime show became controversial when Janet Jackson’s nipple became exposed during what was later called a “wardrobe malfunction”.
Jake Delhomme was the QB then. Now the Panthers have Cam Newton. The Panthers lost to the Patriots 32-29. Two years later the Panthers upset Tom Brady and the Patriots 27-17.
Coming off a road victory in San Francisco against the 49ers, the Panthers are set to host their biggest game in years.
The fans are buzzing about the game and have been encouraged to wear black as the Panthers return to their black jerseys for the first time since Week 2 when they went up against the Buffalo Bills.
The Panthers average 33:48 time of possession per game, highest in the NFL. Newton’s Completion Percentage has improved to 73.0; his First Down Percentage is up from last season to 40.3 and his Total Quarterback Rating has jumped to 83.4 percent.
Carolina has outscored its opponents 140-57 in its last five games pulling them to within one of the 7-2 Saints. The oddsmakers are saying the Patriots will be playing the role of underdog for Monday night’s game.
The kickoff is at 8:40 PM and will be aired on ESPN. I’m hoping for a good game with a victory against the powerful Patriots.
P.S.: If the Cats lose to the Pats, I fully expect to be ribbed by Proof and Odie, maybe even Stogie. I’m ready guys.