Word in the Panthers camp is that QB Cam Newton, and RB's DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart are ready for action and will play at least a half in the Panthers' next preseason game on Sunday, August 17 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.
I don't know about you, but this Panthers fan is ready to see that Triple Threat back on the field. While Carolina had spurts of brilliance in their narrow loss to Buffalo, "nothing could be finer" in Carolina than to have these three back in pads again.
Also- look for a deep throw sometime in the game on Sunday from Newton to rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin. While Benjamin only caught one pass against the Bills, it was a 29-yard circus touchdown catch in the end zone, and caused both fans and sports people to stand at attention. Also, keep an eye on Tavares King, claimed off waivers from Denver this year, who caught five passes and looked spectacular.
We're posting the Panthers Schedule today, so look it over for your favorite games and to make a prediction for the Panthers season. If you're lucky enough to correctly predict the Panthers regular season record, you will be eligible for a drawing to win a Cam Newton autographed Panthers ball cap. Look for the post entitled "Cam Contest." All of the "Official Rules" are there for you. Only the predictions entered as a blog comment on this post will be considered. Go & enter now !
Hank Williams, jr. used to get fans excited
by kicking off Monday Night Football TV broadcasts with this song.After over seven months of “vacation”, the NFL and the Carolina Panthers kick it off again for their 2014-15 seasons.
it’s about time, don’t you think ?
got about as close to the Super Bowl as they’ve been in a long time last year, winning eight straight and 11 out of 12
games on the way to the NFC South
division championship and a berth in the playoffs for the first time in
five years.The last time they made it
to the postseason, it was a fiasco (a lopsided loss at home to the Arizona
Cardinals in which QB Jake Delhomme
was personally responsible for six turnovers).Last year wasn’t much better, as the 49’ers played “payback” in beating
the Panthers [we had beaten them earlier in the year on our winning streak]. One again, it was a humiliating defeat on our home
Sometimes I have trouble remembering what
happened yesterday, but if memory serves me correctly, the Panthers’ best times included : the NFC Championship game (vs. the Packers) in just their 2nd
season (1996);a trip to the Super
Bowl in their 8th season (2003); and a Divisional Playoff game
in their 13th season (2008).But unfortunately for us, all of these pinnacles of success ended in season-ending
This year, our 20th Anniversary
season, the Carolina Panthers come
back more determined than ever to repeat in their own division, and move on in
the playoffs.Easier said than done, the
Panthers will have a tough road,
with a tough schedule (see blog “Panthers Schedule”).
The season-before-the-season started last
night, with the Panthers hosting the
Buffalo Bills in Charlotte’s
Bank of America stadium.
Don’t believe anyone who says “the preseason
doesn’t matter.”While it may be true
that the games are not taken as seriously as the regular season, our team does
not easily forget what happened the last time they met the Bills.Buffalo
drove the field and scored a touchdown in the last second of the game to win,
24-23.At the time, the loss left things
looking pretty dismal for our season at 1-3.No one really could have imagined then that we would go 8-0 in the middle of the season, finish
at 12-4 and get in the playoffs.
surprisingly, it was announced at game time that starting QB Cam Newton would not play in the Panthers’ first preseason game,
still recovering after having off-season surgery on his left ankle.Newton is
entering his fourth year as a pro, and he will only add to his growing
legacy.He is the only player in the NFL
to have passed for 10,000+ yards and run for 2,000+ yards in his first three
seasons.This year, he will no doubt
pass 100 TD’s rushing and passing.
a relatively quiet first quarter, in which a Bills field goal was the lone
score, the Panthers came alive on
the first play of the second stanza with backup QB Derek Anderson (#3) hitting rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin (#13)
in the end zone on a beautifully executed 29-yard touchdown pass.Strangely enough, with a new experimental PAT
(extra point) from the 15-yard-line, they missed the kick and the score was
doubled at 6-3.
The pendulum of momentum swung back with the
Bills, scoring ten points before halftime.After a fumble recovery, Buffalo
scored on a 1-yard run with four minutes to go in the half.Then, with seconds left on the clock. they
kicked a second field goal to go up by 13-6.The Panthers had spots of
brilliance, sandwiched by two offensive turnovers that led to Buffalo
QB Joe Webb
Late in the third quarter, CB Josh Norman saved a touchdown with an
interception in the end zone.But on the
next play, a costly holding penalty brought back aPanthers
52-yard pass play, and backed them up to their own 9-yard line.At this point, QB Joe Webb (#14), acquired in the spring from the Minnesota Vikings, and in a battle just to land a roster spot, looked
impressive in driving the team down the field, both throwing the ball downfield
to WR Tavares King (#12) and eluding
defensive pressure with his footwork.It
was capped off by a 6-yard touchdown run by RB
Darren Reaves (#36).A two-point
conversion failed, and the Panthers
still trailed by one, 13-12, with 11:32 left in the game.
Just as quickly as we inched back into the
game, the Bills took it back by executing a drive of their own, and suddenly it
was back to an eight-point lead, 20-12.With their backs against the wall with a fourth-and-10 at the two-minute
warning, the Panthers got a break
with a defensive holding call that resulted in an automatic first down.That’s all they needed, as a couple of plays
later, Webb hurled a line-drive to WR Brandon Williams (#86) for six.Down 20-18, and going for two and a tie, the Carolina roller coaster took another
nosedive as a pass bounced in front of the receiver.
TOO CLOSE FOR
Game Over.. right ?Not yet.The ensuing onsides kickoff was bobbled, and recovered by the Panthers.Made and missed opportunities were the story of this game, and this
continual pendulum swing meant the Panthers
had one more mistake to make.Webb’s pass bounced off of his intended
receiver, and was intercepted with only 0:53 on the clock.The Bills would then just run out the clock,
and the game ended too close for comfort, 20-18.
AND NEGATIVES (-)
·(+)It’s only the first preseason game ;
·(+)After losing our entire receiving corps (four
players) from last year, WR’s Benjamin
and King played extremely well ;
·(+)Although we may not really need a third QB
with Cam Newton and Derek Anderson already on the roster, JOE
WEBB made an impressive show.