First Panther Victory of 2011 Doesn't Move the Needle

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 25: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

It has been a strange season indeed Panther fans. Every Panther fan I talked to last week didn't feel panic at 0-2, wasn't souring on this team and in fact felt the same sense of relief knowing that we had made a wise decision with the #1 overall. Sure nobody expected Cam Newton to continue his torrid passing pace but we felt relief knowing that he could pass for 400 yards if needed. So certainly after getting the first win of 2011 and improving the record to 1-2 we would feel even better right?

Well....not so much.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not down on the team or Cam Newton for that matter. How could I be after a win? I'm still feeling good about this team and the direction they are moving. But that was one ugly victory that didn't exactly instill a lot of confidence. Which leads me to another revelation.

This team and Cam Newton in particular, at least so far, seem to embody the classic 'Cardiac Cat' persona. We have had three exciting games and I already get the feeling that when the game is on the line this team has a chance. So though I don't feel any better about this team after a really ugly victory I can't wait for the next nail bitter. So if you are hoping for one of those 2nd quarter blow outs where we coast through the 2nd half...it's not happening. At least not any time soon with the Bears, Saints and Falcons up next.

So strap yourself in tight Panther fans because we have 13 more nail biters games to go, all in classic Cardiac Cat fashion I am sure.

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