Posted: 11/2/2012 11:34:28 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by wangichu:
teams going into their bye week have been awful this year. Panthers looked like they got it together last week, the bears are just in the class of the elite. Skins however, are one of the worst defenses in the league, especially vs. the pass. After cam put up 300 vs. the bears, I think he and smith put up 150 by themselves. panthers are a much better than you think team, while the skins offense has people drinking the kool aid despite a piss poor defense.
Booked this one early.
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Great commentary wangichu, but I respectfully disagree with you. In fact, you just made me like the skins a little more.
First, the Panthers did NOT look like "they got it together" last week. I loved them getting 8 because they had the extra week of preparation and I thought they were extremely desperate and would win to save Coach Rivera's job. Coach Rivera has now probably lost his job, but time will tell. I also really liked Carolina because I thought the Bears on the other hand, would overlook the matchup and come out flat given the Panthers were 1-5 at the time.
Second, the Bears practically handed them this game, turning the ball over 3 times (a pick and 2 fumbles). Good teams capitalize on turnovers. The Panthers went 1-4 in the red zone!! The Panthers young quarterback has lost all of his confidence and its being reflected in play. He made some throws last week that were nowhere near their intended receivers. Cam has regressed so much that I think the only way to solve this problem is to change the coaching staff.
Third, the way the Panthers lost that game was extremely deflating. I actually think that negative momentum will carry over into this week. Sort of the same way the Jets lost a close one at New England as a big dog, and then got absolutely rocked at home by Miami last week.
And my final point is I didn't realize the Skins were going into the bye week. That makes me even more confident that they will fear the wrath of Mike Shanahan if they lose 3 straight going into the bye. I love taking teams with respected/disciplinarian coaches going into the bye week and after the bye week. Prime examples of those types of coaches include Schiano, Bellichik, and Jim Harbaugh. The Patriots just destroyed the Rams going into their bye & 49ers played freaking awesome against Zona going into their bye. I think the Shanahans are a solid, no-nonsense coaching staff and definitely fall into that category.
Look for Shanahan to avenge last years loss to the Panthers with his new and revamped offense led RGIII and Alfred Morris. The leagues number 2 rush offense versus the 20th rush defense in the league....And they're only laying 3?? Take it now before the line moves.