The 5-0 Carolina Panthers hit the big stage tonight. They face the 3-3 Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football on NBC.
I have consistently criticized QB Cam Newton in every blog post I’ve ever written about the Panthers. Either I’m tired of doing that or he’s actually beginning to mature. You know my beef against him: arrogant, privileged, spoiled and conceited. He’s still all those things but he’s starting to realize that there are eleven men on the field with him and the game is not the “Cam Newton Show”.
The Panthers are riding high after beating their nemesis Seattle last Sunday. I even bragged to a blogger buddy of mine that they had softened up the Seahawks for their game against them last Thursday. Unfortunately, the 49ers couldn’t get out of their own way and wound up losing 20-3.
Ninth all-time sack leader Jared Allen returns to the field after sitting out last week’s game with a pinched nerve. A.J. Klein and Teddy Williams will also see action since being cleared in the concussion protocol.
Panthers’ fans are amped up. This is the team’s best start ever since their only Super Bowl appearance in 2003. Can they go 6-0?
The Eagles will be “spying” on Newton big time trying to keep him boxed in reducing his chances of getting loose to heave the ball downfield to his favorite receiver Greg Olsen. The Eagles’ defense has 16 takeaways this season, second-most in the league, and they will be gunning for Newton.
The game’s going to be a tough one, but with the game starting at 8:30 PM ET, the tailgating before the game will go on longer and the crowd will be inclined to be loud. Then there’s home field advantage. I think the Panthers win by a touchdown. Dare I say maybe more?
And since no football post would be complete without some pom-poms, here’s a photo of a true Southern beauty and Top Cat cheerleader, Madalyn.