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September 18, 2012

Cam: Prime-time game no different from any other

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton knows Thursday's game will be the only one on national television that night.

Compound that with the defending Super Bowl champions visiting Bank of America Stadium and it's easily the highest-profile game the Panthers have on their early schedule. No matter, in the eyes of Newton, Week Three is no different than any other.

"You don’t just get up for some games and only get up for most games," Newton said. "Every week is a must-win that we have to have and we have to set for ourselves. You do not do things just because you feel as if you could lose this week. How does that sound?

"I think we come in each week knowing that we have opportunity to better ourselves as team so we get guys staying afterwards doing the same thing that they have been doing. Each and every week going forward is a must-win."

Members of the Panthers coaching staff--including head coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski--have said they soaked in the New Orleans win Sunday for a few hours before turning their attention to the Giants tape. 

"That’s the good thing that you want to hear and that you must hear," Newton said. "You want to be prepared to go into battle come game time."

Same with you, Cam?

"Absolutely," he said.

Injury report: LB Thomas Davs, T Byron Bell, S Colin Jones, G Mike Pollak and RB Jonathan Stewart did not participate in Wednesday's practice, which was held indoors at the Charlotte Convention Center ballroom due to the threat of lightning. 

"It's a short week, it's tough," Rivera said. "Typically you have a pretty good feel once you get to Thursday, but we won't have that feel until tomorrow. So we'll have to make some game-time decisions."

LB Jon Beason, C Ryan Kalil, WR Kealoha Pilares and WR Steve Smith were limited in practice. 

--Jonathan Jones


Posted by Observer Sports on September 18, 2012 at 03:14 PM | Permalink


That is amazing that you know who participated in Wednesday's practice. Since it's Tuesday and all...

Posted by: Hire me as editor | Sep 18, 2012 3:58:12 PM

Week one was a must win. We lost to Tampa. DO NOT let something like that happen again!

Posted by: john holmes | Sep 18, 2012 4:03:59 PM


Posted by: nasty704 | Sep 18, 2012 4:16:22 PM

the same tampa team that almost beat the giants....it's not the tampa bay we saw last year.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 18, 2012 4:23:32 PM

I'm hoping for a slug-fest on Thursday night, just like the Saints game was. Wow! I was impressed how we stayed in the game despite minor flaws. Those similar minor flaws tripped up the Saints, which is unusual. If the Panthers can eliminate turnovers against the Giants, especially if we fall behind and are forced to be more aggressive, we should beat them by 10 points. I'm predicting CAR 32 NYG 24.

And for cripe-sakes, Joe Adams, the key strategy of a kick-off return is to establish an advantage by accelerating in the opposite direction of the coverage team to actually create missed tackles. When you continually cower at the 10 yard line, slowing down or stopping, turning your back on the direction of travel, you WILL be stopped very quickly. It's not rocket science. It's merely physics "....a body in motion will remain in motion until acted upon by an equal and opposite force...". In other words, make the opposing team provide that opposite force instead of offering it up yourself. Be a man and do your job.

Peace out....

Posted by: dangburnit | Sep 18, 2012 6:41:52 PM

Oh look, an Alabama fan hating on Cam. Grow up.

Posted by: chris | Sep 18, 2012 7:47:35 PM

Go Panthers!!! As fans, we need to show more support and faith at games. That means buy tickets, and don't allow opposing fans to dominate our stadium. When our defense is on the field be LOUD, not just on third downs (be loud every damn down), and for the love of god shut up when our offense is on the field. Don't leave the game early if our team is down, because they might make a comeback and could use our help by making noise. You paid for the ticket, might as well enjoy the entire game. As fans, lets do our part to support the team 100%. GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!

Posted by: PanthersFan | Sep 18, 2012 10:42:40 PM

Dear Alabama boy-don't you have some dead trees to tear jerk over?

Getting back to real football...how is it that the Panthers don't have a practice dome/bubble for when inclement weather strikes? How is practicing in a ballroom supposed to help?

Posted by: Man Up | Sep 19, 2012 2:06:53 AM

It was Auburn, not Alabama,that lost the Toomer's Oaks.

Posted by: AJC | Sep 19, 2012 6:24:06 AM

@null and void, are you reallly that faking dumb..lol..go back to home school dude

Posted by: pantherworld | Sep 19, 2012 8:26:37 AM

all you dumb hick cam haters out there get over it, cam is the best and always will be the best qp the panthers will ever have, so get on his coat tails and have a wonderful ride, because when his contract is up he will be gone anyway and i dont blame him i'd want to leave this sorry ass hick as redneck city to, who cnat stand to have a black qb here, charlotte will always be behide the times.

Posted by: kenny | Sep 19, 2012 8:27:47 AM

Null and Void: You must be a Saints fan. Why don't you cite a source or are you just talking out of you a**

Posted by: Joe | Sep 19, 2012 8:32:50 AM

Dear Bama fans,

Please troll somewhere else

thank you,

everyone else in the world

Posted by: Non Alabama fan | Sep 19, 2012 10:27:37 AM

We have some sick betting tips here with two articles one of which telling you how to bet the Panthers and the other telling you how to bet the Giants here! http://nfllatestnews.com/football-gambling-fans-thursday-night-special/

Posted by: ed | Sep 19, 2012 11:37:45 AM

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