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November 27, 2011

Victory at Indy was critical for Panthers

   Panthers offensive guard Geoff Hangartner was talking Sunday afternoon about how good it feels to win a game in the NFL, regardless of how pretty it may have been.

   Considering the Panthers' 27-19 victory over winless Indianapolis may have lacked a measure of artistry, it still had the desired effect for a team that has won just five of its last 27 games.

   "There's nothing like winning in this league," Hangartner said.

   It's the walk before you run theory. The Panthers are still learning to walk.

  Sometimes they can sprint. They just can't sustain it.

   There are moments, such as DeAngelo Williams' 25-yard touchdown run, or Cam Newton whistling a 24-yard fourth-quarter reception to Jeremy Shockey or both end-zone interceptions by Chris Gamble and Sharrod Martin when the Panthers are brilliant.

   There are other moments, though, when the defense can't get off the field or the offense can't sustain a drive or a somebody gets called for an illegal block on the rare long punt return. It's the nature of who the Panthers are at this moment.

   There's no question the Panthers needed the win at Indianapolis in the worst way. Losing to a winless Colts team would have doused much of the enthusiasm fans have for the stretch run in the first year of the Ron Rivera regime. It wasn't as easy as it might have been but the Panthers got it done in the stadium Peyton Manning built.

    It snapped a 12-game road losing streak and points the Panthers toward a visit to Tampa Bay next Sunday for a game they should have a reasonable chance of winning. Before turning their attention to the Bucs, though, the Panthers have reason to enjoy the one they got in Indianapolis.

-- Ron Green Jr. 

Posted by Observer Sports on November 27, 2011 at 07:03 PM | Permalink


Brutal team right now, hard to watch.

Posted by: pslowner dude | Nov 27, 2011 7:21:48 PM

We slip, we slide, but we're workin' on it.........

Posted by: nasty704 | Nov 27, 2011 7:34:33 PM

Good plan on offense, finally used Williams and Stewart in order to attain balance and help Newton. They should use the same basic plan next week against a defense in Tampa that's actually worst than ours from a statistical standpoint, although that's a hard to believe.

Posted by: Kenny | Nov 27, 2011 8:51:24 PM

The panthers are a young football team. They have a franchise qb in newton and will only get better. All Panther fans should be estatic that cam newton is on this team. He is good now but imagine how good he will be in 2 or 3 years.

Posted by: jlowder | Nov 27, 2011 11:02:57 PM

Jlowder is right on with his comments. Cam Newton is learning how to play in the NFL and at the same time is playing beyond his years. He is further along in his passing and running abilities than most other qbs. Having a full training camp and off season to continue to develop will help him out. It's exciting to watch him play and I look forward to seeing him continue to develop in the years to come.

Posted by: JCPanthersfan | Nov 28, 2011 12:32:17 AM

Newton has proven me and a world of others that he can play at this level. Sadly, i doubted him also. but through ppreseason he hadnt showed good nor really bad either, then he came out amazingly in reg season. i love that he is our qb and hope to spend many of years watchin him take carolina to the top

Posted by: newtonslaw101 | Nov 28, 2011 1:49:37 AM

I was watching the hour long show before last nights game, when out of nowhere the announcer repeated my words from last week exactly. OOOOOOOLEEEEEE! They're calling out Sherrod Martin on national TV. Instead of "he hate me" on his jersy, he needs to have "please don't hurt me"! As for his interception, lets face it, it was a low impact risk that almost all high school defensive backs can make. This dude aint gonna tackle anybody. Here kitty kitty!

Posted by: stork302 | Nov 28, 2011 8:16:36 AM

0-11 Caldwell & Painter gave Rivera a free Xmas gift with 2 certain TDs picked off luckily at the end. Painter was better than Newton who can only scamper now for yards but will get caught and have his neck broken sooner than later. He has gotten kid gloves treatment so far and been lucky.

Newton is proving below mediocre at best as the real scam pretender surfaces as was expected after the BS hype wears off. The next 5 blowouts will prove the drop out was a con fake playing the system.


Posted by: saved by the picks | Nov 28, 2011 9:20:29 AM

I guess we can enjoy the LAST win of the year ,and once again a Cam T.O. kept the Colts in the game with Curtis Painter as the QB. The team is just not well coached ,and Fox has won more with Tebow with a horrible offense...Rivera is just NOT what i thought he would be.

Posted by: TWIGGY | Nov 28, 2011 10:38:09 AM

Agree with saved by the picks & Twiggy ,this team is just the offensive and Defensive opposite of last year's team ,and it seems the NFL defense's are figuring out Cam 3-13 he we come...Real disapointed in Rivera as well...Penalty's and special teams are the same AWFUL they were last year and the Defense is WORSE...Just undisceplined period which is on the coach + Hurney and Rivera better draft better this year or were gonna be in trouble.

Posted by: Nick Satan | Nov 28, 2011 10:45:08 AM

A WIN ,but painful it was...Thought the Cats would be better than this...The coaching bothers me the most...All the dumb penalty's and a defense Charlotte Independence could light up...And shut up to the player's like Shockey trash talking at 3-8 ,and Cam no more superman BS your record and turnovers are NOT super.

Posted by: Soulja Boi | Nov 28, 2011 10:50:50 AM

People who are calling for Rivera to get fired need to calm down, step away from the bong, and be realistic. An NFL coach needs a minimum of three years to get his system in place and get the players he wants to run the system. You can't just step into a situation where a team was 2-14 and make them champions. Granted, there have been mistakes. Now is the time to make them, when we aren't going to the playoffs anyway. Let Newton develop and grow within the system that Rivera is putting in, and let the defense get healthy and retooled before you go off the deep end. Things are going to get better.

Posted by: JeffC | Nov 28, 2011 11:56:37 AM

Its Bucs week again!The Panthers biggest rival! remember what they did to us last year should be motivation enough! we need to return the favor and get out of the NFC South basement

Posted by: GwaneDM | Nov 28, 2011 12:03:23 PM

rivera will either be successful as a coach or he won't be. he's in his first year as a head coach and taking over a young 2-14 team w/ huge offensive makeover and a rookie QB, therefore one year is not a large enough body of work to reach any sort of longterm opinion on him. yall need to just chill and be fans if you are fans

Posted by: Jason Alston | Nov 28, 2011 1:55:19 PM

John Fox went 7-9 his first year with the Panthers, and he took the panthers to the Superbowl the next year and so will Rivera.
We are on our way. Stay healthy Cam.

Posted by: GLO | Nov 28, 2011 2:56:50 PM

can't believe any fan can be so critical of our Rookie of The Year, now the defense on the otherhand..well?

Posted by: mp | Nov 28, 2011 3:57:57 PM

You clowns are crazy!!!Delhomne was a sorry excuse for a QB. Newton is the closest thing to a star QB the Panthers have ever had. He will lead the Cats to many winning seaons. To say Jake is better tahn Cam is retarted!!!

Posted by: White Choclate | Nov 28, 2011 8:24:39 PM

Cam has led one of the top offenses all season yes he has 14 interceptions but he also is top 5 in passing yards and has 12 passing tds and 10 rushing tds if we had any where near the defense we had last yr we would b 8 - 3 hands down

Posted by: Freddy | Nov 29, 2011 1:58:29 AM

Unfortunetly the injury bug hit us early....
Cant wait till next season a few fa pick ups a solid draft and players returning from ir we will b very good next season

Posted by: Freddy | Nov 29, 2011 2:02:09 AM

Unfortunetly the injury bug hit us early....
Cant wait till next season a few fa pick ups a solid draft and players returning from ir we will b very good next season

Posted by: Freddy | Nov 29, 2011 2:02:09 AM

You baphoons bashing Cam are a joke. We've scored 62 points the last 2 weeks and he didn't have a turnover against the Colts. Sure he had a few against Detroit, but hey Peyton threw 28 picks as a rook. Get a life and stop bashing Cam because he whipped your sorry SEC team last year.

Posted by: Fast Eddie | Nov 29, 2011 11:52:57 AM

There are stupid people wherever you go and Panthers nation is no exception. Anyone who thinks the team is worse this year than last obviously knows nothing about football. As far as I can tell the REAL experts on football are all now willingly eating their preseason words regarding Newton. I think most of you remaining detractors must have more unworthy reasons for hating him so much regardless of the success he has had and the fact that he breaks or ties an NFL record just about every week. Some people just can't stand to see themselves proved wrong and lash out in childish and ridiculous ways. Shame on you and shame on the rest of us for continuing to pay them the slightest bit of attention. I for one am done.

Posted by: Dan Melocik | Nov 30, 2011 1:10:45 PM

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