After the way our Panthers showed up for the Nasty Birds, we definitely have a team capable of beating Oakland, San Diego, and New Orleans to close out the season.
However, we followed a big win against New Orleans with a humiliation on national television against the Giants and giving away two wins late against Atlanta and Seattle. After a nice game against the Redskins we embarrassed ourselves at home with Denver and Tampa. After looking adequate enough to beat Philadelphia, we lost to KC. Now we looked the best we have all season against the ‘one and done in the playoffs’ team Atlanta.
It is pretty clear that we will win if we play our final three games like we played this past Sunday. This is what I want to see. Sure, 7-9 would put us at 14th or 15th in the draft order. However, it would also mean that the guys on the field have learned how to win. We would have learned how to play a complete game. We will have learned how to sustain quality football for more than a few quarters.
Did you watch the post-game remarks of Smitty and Cam? They were not jacked up about this win. They were relieved that they had finally put together the game they knew that they had in them. They acted as if this was nothing special. They were angry that the questions were, "How stoked are you that you won"? This is what all of us here a CSR feel. Yeah! Finally! Where has this been all year? This is what we expect from Cam, from Smitty, from DWill.
But can we keep doing it? We have not won two in a row yet this year. This game, on the other coast, against a team we should beat, is a good test. The Panthers we have been all year would lose. We might have a lead to start the 4th quarter but we would definitely lose. The Panthers we believe that we really are should build a lead. We should withstand their rally, and we should win comfortably. This is the Panthers we saw this past Sunday
Will the real Panthers please stand up?