Tag: Carolina Panthers

NFL Thursday Night Football; Who will extend their win streak, Carolina vs Pittsburgh

My favorite part about this game is that one, it is actually a solid Thursday night game, the last four weeks have been absolutely terrible. But the predictions and story lines leading into this game are always so awesome. Today on ESPN First Take (I believe) Stephen A Smith and the crew were talking about what team has the best chance to make it the Super Bowl? Like what a terrible story line jeez? That is what you come up with for this game? And these guys have been reporters for years now, we wonder why sports journalism is not the greatest. This story line sucks because neither of them are getting there and the reporters know it but they know people will watch that story line.

A REAL Storyline; Who will extend their streak? Christian McCaffrey vs James Conner?

This is going to be a great game, and a game that has a lot on the line. The Panthers are heading into Pittsburgh who are on a four-game win streak, and coming off a big win on the road vs Baltimore last week. As the Panthers are chasing the Saints tail playing every game like it is do or die, on a three-game win streak and have a big test in front of them.

Panthers vs Steelers in the air…

  • Cam Newton this season has thrown for 1,893 yards averaging 236.6 yards per game with 15 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He has a QB rating of 100.8 a completion percentage of 67.3 and is 177/268 through eight games this season.
  • Big Ben has throw for 2,560 yards, averaging 320 yards a game, 16 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, he has a QB rating of 93.9 and a completion percentage of 64.5. On the year Big Ben has attempted 344 passes completing 222.

Panthers wide receivers;

The Panthers do not rank up nearly as well as Pittsburgh with deep threats JuJu Smith Schuster and Antonio Brown it will be a mess covering the field with those two out there. Brown is a clear top receiver in the league, just him alone will keep the Panthers secondary’s hands full. Looking at the Panthers top receivers, they do not have the numbers like Brown and Smith-Schuster. Although the Panthers seem to spread the ball out more evenly, Smith-Schuster and Brown still out perform the Panthers top four receivers.

  • Devin Funchess who has 36 receptions for 445 yards and 3 touchdowns
  • D.J. Moore has 19 receptions for 297 yards
  • Greg Olsen has 18 receptions for 218 yards and 3 touchdowns
  • Torrey Smith has 16 receptions for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns (OUT)
  • Christian McCaffrey has 49 receptions for 378 yards and 2 touchdowns

Steelers wide receivers;

  • Antonio Brown 51 receptions 594 yards, 11.65 yards a catch and 9 touchdowns
  • JuJu Smith Schuster 53 receptions 672 yards, 12.68 yards a catch and 2 touchdowns
  • Vance McDonald 26 receptions, 346 yards, 13.31 yards a catch and 1 touchdown
  • Ryan Switzer 16 receptions, 88 yards, 5.5 yards a catch and 1 touchdown
  • Total: 146 receptions, 1,700 yards, 13 touchdowns

Panthers vs Steelers on the ground;

This may an area where Carolina has the edge, although James Conner and Christian McCaffrey are honestly very similar players, looking at McCaffrey’s numbers to Conner’s. Conner does edge out McCaffrey in total yards but McCaffrey has the edge in the receiving department and also compared to Conner’s 151 carries to McCaffrey’s 109, Conner has 702 yards vs McCaffrey’s 502, they both average around 4.6 yards a game but Conner blows McCaffrey out of the water with 9 rushing touchdown to his three. This will Conner’s first really big test going up against another prominent running back, has made a name for himself now, big stage. A Panthers rush offense that ranks 2nd, their offense in general does a job managing the clock. Either way this is a big game for Conner.

  • Christian McCaffrey 109 carries, 502 yards, 4.61 yards per carry, 3 rushing touchdowns
  • CJ Anderson 22 carries, 105 yards, 4.7 yards per carry
  • Steelers; James Conner 151 carries, 702 yards, 4.7 yards per carry, 9 rushing touchdowns
  • Stevan Ridley 10 carries, 30 yards, 3 yards a carry

Who comes out on top?

This may shock some but I think Carolina pulls one of their a** here and takes on in Pittsburgh, they seem to be gelling on offense lately, while their defense has not been all that great, they have the offensive fire power to keep up with the Steelers. Both these defenses are not great and it will be interesting to see this shootout tonight. I don’t know clearly the Steelers are the better team and at home, but Panthers I feel come in and make a statement here.

 

 

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NFL WEEK 9 Takeaways; Saints hands Rams first loss, Brady edges Packers, Chargers and Panthers stay hot

What an exciting week nine for the NFL, we saw some of the best action we have seen all season in this week.

WEEK 9 NFL SCORES

PIT VS BAL: Pittsburgh won 23-16 to edge the Ravens and stay atop the AFC North

NYJ VS MIAMI: Miami wins 13-6 as Jets continue to struggle.

ATL VS WASH: Falcons win 38-14 in Washington as they cut the Redskins streak and move an inch  closer to the wild card.

CHI vs BUF: Chicago absolutely destroys Nathan Peterman and the Bills 41-9. Bears move to 5-3-0 tied for the NFC North lead.

KC VS CLE: Kansas City and Patrick Mahomes continue hot streak with 37-21 win over Cleveland, improve to 8-1 on the year.

DET VS MIN: Minnesota wins big on home field as they now move an inch closer to returning back to the playoffs. Vikings win 24-9 in Minnesota.

HOU VS DEN: Houston wins close one as they beat Demaryius Thomas old team 19-17 in Denver. Texans move to 6-3-0 and lock up AFC South.

Rams vs Saints Takeaways;

Did anyone not think this game was going to be a shootout? The Saints did what many thought was not going to happen but Drew Brees and the mega dome magic comes alive as the Saints win 45-35 over L.A. The Saints Drew Brees had himself a night, going 25/36 with 346 yards and 4 touchdowns along with Michael Thomas’s 12 receptions for 211 yards and one touchdown. We all knew this game there was going to be no defense to be played, the Saints offense is one of if not the best in the league and they knew the only way they were coming out on top was doing exactly what they did.

What does this win mean though for the Saints, well they know they are one of the best teams in the NFL and there should be nothing holding them back from getting to their end goal. The Super Bowl. Last season the Saints failed to win vs the Vikings in the second round on a freak play but after taking down the Rams and Vikings back to back weeks the only force left standing in the Saints way is the Eagles week 11. The Eagles won the NFC last season by beating Minnesota, which many believe if it were the Saints the Eagles would not have won the NFC.

This game is what I believe to be a preview of the NFC Championship game and winner will go onto and play for the Super Bowl. The Rams and Saints are not moving from where they are right now. Which means they get a bye, while the wild card weekend plays out whoever wins those two games goes onto play the Rams and Saints. Both the Rams and Saints win and play each other for an all or nothing game. Realistically speaking that is probably going to happen as it seems right now, but who knows…

Packers vs Patriots Takeaways;

New England Patriots week 9 recap
Tom Brady throws for one passing touchdown, 294 yards in Patriots 4th quarter win over Packers during week nine.

This was all tied up going into the 4th quarter, but the Patriots defense held the Packers offense to 0 points in the fourth and eventual 31-17 win for the Patriots. This games story line was all about Rodgers vs Brady (GOAT vs GOAT) winner is the best QB, whatever nonsense the NFL wanted to spin for this game.

The big picture is the Packers lose and now are 3-4-1, third in the NFC north and 1.5 games behind for the second wild card spot. The Packers now have Miami, Seattle, Minnesota, Arizona, Atlanta, Bears, Jets, Lions in their final eight weeks. They beat Chicago week one, tied Minnesota week two, lost to Detroit week five, so of the eight remaining they have played three of the teams. This worries me a little for Green Bay, although even if they do get in they are not going to do much anyways.

Anyways, Tom Brady went 22/35 with 294 yards and one touchdown vs Aaron Rodgers 24/43 259 yards and two touchdowns. The Patriots are now 7-2-0 essentially waiting for who is going to face them in the AFC championship game. This game to me was not a Rodgers vs Brady game it was a “can the Packers knock off a top team and get going in the right direction” game. Clearly not. But now the Patriots sit comfortably atop the AFC East with Tennessee, bye week 11, Jets, Vikings, Dolphins, Steelers, Bills, Jets. Basically the Patriots remaining seven games could honestly be 7 wins or a possible 5 wins and two losses. Making the Patriots finish 12-4 or 14-2, either way the Patriots will be in the AFC Championship. What a surprise!

Chargers and Panthers stay hot! 

Sheesh the Panthers are on a roll with that 42-28 win over Tampa Bay and scoring 21 points in the second quarter the Panthers are now 6-2 second in the NFC South. Cam Newton had himself a quiet day though with 247 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns and 33 rushing yards. The Panthers offense came from Christian McCaffrey’s 17 rush attempts, 79 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Panthers have a big test vs Pittsburgh next week and finish off the season with two tough games with New Orleans and Atlanta. What can be the end goal for Carolina? It is looking like the first wild card spot but either way with the Saints in front of them the only chance for Carolina to get in is the wild card.

Seattle Seahawks vs LA Chargers week 9
David Moore drops the game winning touchdown pass as Chargers hold on for 25-17 win over Seattle.

Chargers win a freaky game vs Seattle. If it was not for a drop ball in the end zone from David Moore the Chargers would have lost. But they won and now improve to 6-2-0 on the year with a 1.5 game lead on Cincinnati for the first wild card spot. The Chargers are behind Kansas City by 1.5 games right now and the Chiefs remaining schedule looks like, Arizona, Rams, bye, Raiders, Ravens, Chargers, Seahawks, Raiders, which means come week 15 it can be a do or die game for the Chargers and Chiefs for the AFC West lead. The Chargers have Raiders, Broncos, Arizona, Steelers, Bengals, Chiefs, Ravens, Broncos. The Chargers have a much harder schedule with the Steelers, Bengals, Chiefs and Ravens all come in a row. It will be interesting to see how the Chargers finish up the year.

Ranking the QB’s from the 2017-18 NFL Season Part 2

#24. Brett Hundley

Hundley led the Packers to a 7-9 record after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, ending his season. Brett threw for 9 TD’s and 13 INT’s. Hundley looked like he was still in school with most of his throws. Hundley brought versatility to the Packers as he also ran for 270 yards. He was able to be average enough to compete with some teams. The UCLA product will continue to grow under Rodgers next season and the future to come.

#23. Tom Savage

Savage led the Texans to a 4-12 record in place of starting QB Deshaun Watson. He threw for 5 TD’s and 6 INT’s. Savage still proved he was the Texans best backup QB as he held the throne as best he could as Watson heals for next season. His average play will somehow impress the Texans staff and Savage will find a way to be retained as the Texans backup QB next year. Hopefully he is all recovered from that horrific concussion injury.

#22. Drew Stanton

Stanton led the Cardinals to a 8-8 record despite starting QB Carson Palmer going down to injury. Now that Palmer has retired, the Cardinals will be desperate to join in on finding a QB for the 2018-19 season. Stanton threw for 6 TD’s and 5 INT’s. Also proving his worth as a backup QB in his average play. The Cardinals should definitely include Stanton in the QB competition in 2018-19, we shall see what the Cards do. My wild take could be Lamar Jackson further in the draft.  Or Mason Rudolph.

#21. Jameis Winston

Jameis lead the Bucs to a 5-11 record throwing for 19 TD’s and 11 INT’s.

Jameis played hurt the entire season, finally returning to “full health” as the season went on. Jameis threw for 250+ yards 9 out of the 14 games he played this season. Safe to say he’ll bounce back next season with a healthier outlook and a better O-line.

Top 20

#20. Cam Newton

Cam lead the Panthers to an 11-5 record throwing for 22 TD’s and 13 INT’s.

Cam looked himself throwing 14 TD’s and 5 INT’s in the first half of the season. Throwing for 8 TD’s and 8 INT’s in the second half. The Panthers carried Can with their electric Defense. With an average offense, the Panthers were ready to win games in comeback situations. Even having to comeback against the Jets. Should be a better year next year for Cam.

#19. Andy Dalton

Dalton led the Bengals to a 7-9 record, throwing for 25 TD’s and 12 INT’s. Dalton rebounded towards the end of the year. Throwing 11 TD’s and 8 INT’s the first half of the season, and 14 TD’s and 4 INT’s in the second half. Dalton has proven to be a very inconsistent QB in his 7th year in the league, which is why I rank him here. His upside is something to be happy about towards the end of the season if your a Bengal fan.

Tomorrow’s #’s

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