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August 31, 2010

Panthers a playoff team? SI says yes

The Carolina Panthers will go 10-6, reach the playoffs as a wild-card team, then beat the New York Giants to advance to the divisional round, according to Sports Illustrated's NFL preview edition, on newsstands Wednesday.

SI's Peter King writes that Matt Moore will be the key to success, along with defensive end Everette Brown as part of a three-man committee replacing Julius Peppers, whose Bears team is not projected to make the playoffs.

For what it's worth, SI picks the Pittsburgh Steelers will beat the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl.

King also says John Fox will be the NFL's coach of the year.

 

 

Posted by Observer Sports on August 31, 2010 at 11:18 AM | Permalink

Comments

Wishful thinking at its best, however I wouldn't mind this prediction one bit.

Posted by: Chris | Aug 31, 2010 11:34:14 AM

Wishful thinking at its best, however I wouldn't mind this prediction one bit.

Posted by: Chris | Aug 31, 2010 11:34:14 AM

Predictions from Sports Illustrated are similar to soccer legend Pele's predictions about any soccer game. The outcome is usually just the opposite. Remember 2006 when SI had us on their cover as a "sure-shot" Super Bowl contender?

Posted by: Vikram | Aug 31, 2010 11:35:44 AM

I can't believe he's picking the Giants to win the NFC East.

Posted by: Ben | Aug 31, 2010 11:35:49 AM

Can I have some of what SI is smoking?

Posted by: PantherDave | Aug 31, 2010 11:50:34 AM

Can I have some of what SI is smoking?

Posted by: PantherDave | Aug 31, 2010 11:50:34 AM

Their prediction is just as good as any of you so called fans.

Posted by: MrBernz | Aug 31, 2010 12:06:19 PM

This seems off on a few levels. First, the Panthers offense this preseason has barely shown it is an 8-8 team. (although it would be nice to have a surprise and make the playoffs).

Second, the Steelers will not have "Bathroom Ben" Roethlisberger for the first four games. With the Ravens, Jets, and Dolphins (maybe add in the Texans) all being markedly better than last year, does he really think the Steelers will make the playoffs let alone to the Super Bowl from potential 5 or 6 seeds in the AFC?

Posted by: Aaron | Aug 31, 2010 12:07:12 PM

Ben Rapelisberger

Posted by: zach | Aug 31, 2010 12:12:39 PM

???

I'm glad a national magazine is giving a little hope, but to see their predictions it doesn't make me feel much better. Giants? Come on, they're not doing anything.

And Pittsburg will be without their starting QB for a third of the season!

Posted by: Gamble20 | Aug 31, 2010 12:16:34 PM

I never have understood the NFL sportswriter love for John Fox. What exactly has he done since he first got here that makes people say he's good?

Posted by: Authority | Aug 31, 2010 12:17:01 PM

I never have understood the NFL sportswriter love for John Fox. What exactly has he done since he first got here that makes people say he's good?

Posted by: Authority | Aug 31, 2010 12:17:01 PM

It's not just sportswriters. Pretty sure the only people that think he isn't an excellent coach are some of the fans of this team, because they want to see more spark and excitement out of the team and that is not really Foxball. The league seems to be changing, but Fox's play style is pretty "old school." However, if Moore can pick up where he left off at teh end of last season, we could see a real change in the team and the way the team plays. Remember New England and Pittsburgh before they got their star quarterbacks? Yeah, they were still good teams, but they relied on the run much more. That has changed.

Not saying either side is right, but Fox is largely recognized as one of the top coaches in the NFC, if not the league. He is widely believed to be the hottest commodity going into next offseason, because it seems many believe he just won't stay with Carolina since he'll want too much money.

Posted by: Mav | Aug 31, 2010 12:23:06 PM

All this is about is selling magazines. The NYG & Steeler markets will eat up the mags just to read the NFL preview. They couldn't pick Jax & Panthers cause no one would buy.........

Posted by: RK | Aug 31, 2010 12:27:48 PM

Uh, yeah...this is the same SI crew which just put out an SI edition picking the Panthers to go 7-9. Based on that alone I wouldnt put any stock in what they say.

Posted by: manu4t | Aug 31, 2010 12:46:36 PM

The Panthers are one of the youngest teams in the NFL, they are THE youngest if you omit John Kasay

Getting rid of Fox now would be horrible. He has a heck of defense being built and the team is one decent #2 receiver plus some OL help away from being a good team for quite some time.

Optimism should be everywhere in Panther land if not necessarily this year, but for the future

Posted by: Readyforsomefootball | Aug 31, 2010 1:00:03 PM

My thoughts exactly Readyforsomefootball!

Posted by: Brown91 | Aug 31, 2010 1:08:29 PM

Fox is a great coach and it will be big mistake if panther fire him, even with a record 6-10. SI wrote prediction while smoking. Panther got talent but you need experience to make it playoff. It will be nice we make it 10-6. True test will come in week 3 and 4.

Posted by: ike | Aug 31, 2010 1:12:23 PM

IF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SAID IT, IT HAS TO BE TRUE!!!!

Posted by: zach | Aug 31, 2010 1:13:21 PM

Well, that's probably the kiss of death! Every time SI has picked us to win anything, that's exactly what we DON'T do, in fact, we usually do the exact opposite! I'd feel better if they'd picked us to finish last! John Fox's teams have always excelled when flying under the radar and poorly when trying to live up to published expectations.

Posted by: Airman | Aug 31, 2010 1:15:44 PM

Peter King has always had a severe man-crush on Fox. Interesting how he feels vs John Clayton.

I'm sticking with my draft-day prediction - 9-7, last team out of the playoffs. Except now I think it's because we will win a bunch of 10-9 games instead of 31-30 games.

Posted by: J | Aug 31, 2010 1:17:08 PM

I have been saying we will end up 10-6 for about a month now. If you impatient idiots will give this offense a little time to gel before you hop off the bandwagon you will be happy with this team. The D was the question mark coming into the year. It seems like we have a lot better D than anyone expected. The offense will be fine once the whole O is back and playing together. I think SI is the only national rag that is on to what the Panthers have going.

Posted by: Smiley | Aug 31, 2010 1:18:30 PM

Fox as coach of the year. King would have lost me at that point. Other than that, the defense so far has me a little more optimistic than I was. I think with Smith back, the offense is going to be a lot more effective, as opponents know they can't key in on stopping the run.

Posted by: Ron | Aug 31, 2010 1:35:30 PM

If you look at our schedule we could very easily win 10 games. We play the NFC west, TB twice, Browns, and Bears. That is 8 wins right there. I think we easily split with the overrated Falcons and the Saints as they are bound to slip a bit, which gives us 10 wins. Win another one out of AFC north and we are at 11 wins.

Posted by: Talbot | Aug 31, 2010 1:36:57 PM

Hard to put any stock in what we have seen in preseason for all the reasons that have been put on here ad nauseum. But we also dont need to get worked up over SI - they contradict themselves constantly.

The O didnt catch fire until late last season anyway, it might happen that way this year but we know that they can play and score.

We will just have to see and not overreact....

Posted by: manu4t | Aug 31, 2010 1:56:31 PM

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