The Panthers will still be a little shy at DE but otherwise they look pretty healthy for Sunday's Welcome Back Foxy game against the Broncos. DE Antwan Applewhite will mostly likely miss his 3rd straight game due to a sore hammy and Thomas Keiser is questionable with tennis elbow.
As we've been trumpeting for a couple weeks now WR David Gettis might finally get on the field:
"I'll have butterflies, but it won't be because I'm feeling nervous about my injuries or anything like that," Gettis said. "Honestly, I have butterflies before every game." That nervousness, however, is a feeling Gettis is welcoming back with open arms. "It's a blessing to be back after a lot of hard work, not just from me but from the training staff and from my family praying for me. It's been a long time – a year and a half," he said. "This is what I love to do, what I've dreamed of doing since I was little. To have it taken away hurt, having to sit there and watch the team go on without you.
One guy hoping to take advantage of the DE injuries is the guy just called up from the PS last week:
"The bigger transition has been getting used to the speed of the game," said Chandler, who had a tackle and a quarterback hurry in last Sunday's victory over the Washington Redskins. "I feel like it's going well. I have things to work on, but each game things are getting better."
Chandler brings the versatility to play anywhere across the front line.
Moving on to other panther paw prints we have pundits weighing in on the Panthers getting help from Ernie Accorsi on the GM replacement search:
"I have a very high regard for Mr. Richardson and look forward to providing any help that I can to him and the organization in their search for a new general manager," Accorsi said.
Same subject, yet Pat Y thinks owner Jerry Richardson will be heavily involved in the HC hire:
Panthers get wise in G.M. search - NFC South Blog - ESPN
There are a lot of decisions to be made on the front-office side as well as the coaching staff and it remains to be seen if Richardson wants to try an untested rising star or go with someone with experience as a general manager. But it’s likely Acorsi will look at candidates from both categories, narrow down a list and then present it to Richardson, who ultimately will have to make one of the biggest decisions he’s ever made as an NFL owner. Then, he may have to make another one if he doesn’t believe Rivera is the long-term answer.
The Broncos match-up means the top 2 picks from the 2010 draft will line-up across from each other:
Week 10 battles to watch: Newton vs. Miller should be fun - CBSSports.com
Panthers QB Cam Newton vs. Broncos OLB Von Miller: This matches the top overall pick from last year's draft (Newton) vs. the second pick (Miller). Newton has tailed off some this season, but Miller continues to play at a high level. Miller will have to get pressure off the edge to help contain Newton, who did play well last week at Washington.
Both players were nice fits for their respective teams. 2nd overall pick LB Vonn Miller holds no animosity towards the Panthers:
Broncos vs. Panthers: Cam Newton comes first, Von Miller second - The Denver Post
"Of course I wanted to be No. 1, but Cam Newton, he's Superman Cam," Miller said as he sat at his Broncos' locker Thursday. "He fit their need way more than I fit their need. I don't have any animosity towards the Carolina Panthers. He was No. 1 and I was No. 2, but I want to go out there and win just like they want to go out there and win."
Rivera laments the decision to not go defense with the pick:
"If certain things had come up and allowed us to, then we would most certainly look at Von and say 'Wow, this kid's a special football player. He's got some great ability.' " Rivera said. "He deserved to be picked where he was by Denver. The young man is a heck of a football player."
Newton throws some gratuitousness towards Manning:
Peyton Manning's place: Atop list of NFL’s comeback QBs | CharlotteObserver.com
Newton is looking forward to facing Manning on Sunday when the Panthers (2-6) host Denver. "To say I'm a big fan of Peyton Manning's is an understatement. He's transcending to a god of the game. He's obviously a hall of fame quarterback," Newton said. "What he has done for this game and the records he has set is just extraordinary. It's going to be exciting to watch. I'm saying this in the best way possible: I'm not wishing him any luck for this game."
A 'God of the Game'? That might be a little over the top!
Now if you want to talk about a 'God' on the field then...;) who else? Just ask Champ:
Broncos' Champ Bailey, Panthers' Steve Smith set for long-awaited duel - CBSSports.com
"He plays bigger than he is, so he's really no different [than Green], because when the ball's up, he goes up like he's 6-4," Bailey said. "He runs the ball like he's 220. He's no different. The guy, he's been amazing for the last 10, 12 years, whatever it's been. He's a special talent, and he hasn't fallen off at all. "Man, you just cannot sleep on him. I don't care how small he is; he will make you look bad."
Yes he will make you look bad. Actually I think Smityy likes to call it 'kicking Yo Ass!'
If you feel like the Panthers might pull this one out then it would be a good bet as the Panthers are getting points:
Going to the dogs for Week 10 NFL picks | Edmonton Journal
"You’re taking Cam Newton and Carolina over Peyton Manning? No wonder you’re having a bad year," said my son, convulsed in laughter. Yup. And I can’t wait to see what he thinks about some of the other dogs I’m taking this week.
DENVER AT CAROLINA LINE: Denver -5
Peyton Manning’s teams are rarely out of any game. The all-time leader in comebacks, Manning has brought his team back 48 times in either the fourth quarter or overtime. In the fourth quarter this year Manning and Co. have outscored their opposition 103-23. The Broncos, who are playing their second straight road game – a role in which they are just 3-6 – will miss RG Chris Kuper who is out with a severely sprained ankle.
The Panthers aren’t that bad. They have had the lead in the fourth quarter in all of their previous five games including, of course, their win over Washington – on the road – last week. Two weeks ago, against Chicago – a game they lost on the last play – Carolina had 416 yards of offense compared with just 210 for the Bears. Carolina’s pass defense has also been pretty good. Though it’s usually folly to go against Manning, I smell an upset. Denver is just 2-10 against teams with a .250 or less winning percentage and 3-10 as favorites off consecutive ATS and SU wins when meeting .500 or less winning percentage squads. Taking Carolina and the points.
Actually the line has now narrowed to -4 as late money is start to believe in the Panther upset.
That's where my money is! Well, all I ever bet is a beer but you get the point!