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October 23, 2011

That's one in a row, will it be two?

   That's one in a row for the Panthers.

   Almost before the sweat had dried on the Panthers' victory over Washington Sunday afternoon, attention was already shifting to the Minnesota Vikings' visit next Sunday, the middle game in a three-game homestand.

   The Vikings have just one win this season -- over Kansas City -- but they pushed Green Bay on Sunday and rookie quarterback Christian Ponder is showing he has a future. Still, it's hard not to look at the Vikings' visit as a game the Panthers should be expected to win.

   The Panthers needed something good to happen and it did against the Redskins, finally giving them a positive result after all the near missses. Their margin of error isn't very big but they showed they can make effective adjustments at halftime and take advantage of them in the second half as they did against the Redskins.

   Without looking at tape, the Panthers already know they'll be force-fed a steady diet of Adrian Peterson by the Vikings. Carolina was better against the run Sunday but Tim Hightower got hurt, robbing the Redskins' of their most dangerous runner.

   Sometimes after victories, the head coach will treat his team to Monday off, giving them a two-day with the mandatory day off Tuesday. Ron Rivera didn't do that with the Panthers but if they can beat Minnesota next Sunday, the bye week could be longer than previously planned.

-- Ron Green Jr.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 23, 2011 at 07:37 PM | Permalink


Joe, don't even say that! Every time you guys say the Panthers should win, apparently they read the paper and I guess they believe it. Then they find a way to lose! Tell the world they are going to lose and they find a way to win, it's a pride thing I guess. If you do that and the Panthers do OK for the rest of the season, throw them a parade when the season is over. Then make a donation in the panthers name to the NBA player relief fund, it's the only way those guys will make a dime this year as things appear now. Actually a better idea would be to donate money to the relief fund of all the people who are really hurt by the NBA players and owners. The vendors, eateries, ticket takers and the rest whom they are putting out of work because of this ridiculous labor war over whether a player makes 10 or 11 million dollars this year. Never mind the support people who can barely feed their families, they don't even get a vote.

Posted by: Airman | Oct 24, 2011 10:04:31 AM

Thats well said Airman. I agree with you along those lines about the lock-out. It's really saddening that they don't take those low income, and middle class people affected by this lock-out especially with the state of the economy. I know some people who have worked for pro teams their whole lives.

*But as for the Panthers. Good Win! We really needed a decent win to start building some confidence. I love this team more than ever, and Im excited about the future. They defense looked better this game and will get a huge test next week this week versus the best RB in the game. I believe we can contain him. I like our chances. Ponder is a good young QB, better than Beck, but Vikes defense isn't as strong as Skins, so likes Get IT Panther Nation! 3-5 is looking very feasible!

Posted by: T-Mac | Oct 24, 2011 10:48:01 AM

The key to beating the Vikings will be for the DEs to set the edge and not let Peterson get outside. Make him run inside and gang-tackle him. Once he's in space he's lethal.

Posted by: TP | Oct 24, 2011 12:49:25 PM

In this game, I think you HAVE to make Ponder beat you with his arm. Drop a safety in the box and stop Peterson from running wild. He will be the most dangerous weapon out there. Our run defense is too bad not to help it out against one of the league's best rushers. Play man-to-man in secondary and hope Ponder makes some mistakes.

Posted by: Steve | Oct 25, 2011 9:22:13 AM

put 8 in the box + run blitz like crazy. Gotta make the rookie beat you

Posted by: Guillermo | Oct 25, 2011 2:05:31 PM

LOL...Peterson will run all over this team, no matter if they have TWELVE in the box. The front seven is probably the worst in the NFL, and that's WITH Charles Johnson!

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 27, 2011 6:56:23 PM

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