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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Carolina Panthers lost a little momentum when they were defeated by the Atlanta Falcons last week but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. The Panthers are still a very dangerous football team especially with Cam Newton at the helm. The 28 year old quarterback has game changing capabilities and if Newton saved his best football for the postseason, Carolina could wind up being a force in the NFC. The team to beat in this conference is clearly the Vikings but the Panthers have already beat Minnesota once this season. Obviously the Panthers have to be thinking about the Saints before then and that’s going to be gauntlet in itself. New Orleans is one of the most dynamic teams in the league and they have two elite running backs. Luke Kuechly and Julius Peppers will do their best to shut them down but you have to expect the Saints offense will put at least 20 points. Therefore it’s going to be up to Cam Newton to start this game off hot and play up to his standards. Really that means Newton has to get Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey going immediately. The Panthers can’t wait around to the 2nd or 3rd quarter to pick it up. It’s very unlikely you can come from behind and beat the Saints because they are just so explosive offensively. Instead Ron Rivera’s team has to take it to New Orleans and force them to play catch up. By keeping Drew Brees and the Saints on their heels maybe Carolina can cause the veteran quarterback to make a few ill-advised throws. There’s no pressure in the NFL like trying to mount a comeback especially with the season on the line. If Newton comes out in a rhythm this is a situation Brees could find himself in and what a sweet upset it would if the Panthers knocked off their division rival? It all starts with Newton executing for all four quarters.
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