In their most recent games, both the Cardinals and Panthers faced winless teams. The Cardinals barely edged out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Panthers dealt the New York Giants their worst loss under the Tom Coughlin era (from a points perspective, at least).
A win is a win is a win, though, and you have to give credit to the Cardinals for winning a couple close games this season (and in truth, the Panthers could learn a thing or two from them in that regard). They beat the Detroit Lions, who look decent this year, albeit by four points.
The converse of this, of course, is that they barely won their two games. They gave the St. Louis Rams their only win of the season, and nearly did the same for the flailing Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, their three-game tour of the NFC South continues as the Panthers look to win their second game of the season.
Harvest Time - Big Boss Brewing
In 2006, a Raleigh building that had already housed its share of breweries in the past got another one in Big Boss Brewing Company. The brewery is one of a handful of NC breweries that can be found throughout the state. Their Bad Penny Brown Ale, Hell's Belle and Angry Angel Kölsch are popular
Like most pumpkin beers, Harvest Time is brewed with both real pumpkin and a blend of spices. The brewery doesn't specify which spices, but it seems the usual suspects -- cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar -- are in play here. Add to those flavors notes of vanilla and clove, and you have one of NC's most solid and widely available pumpkin beers.
Pumpkin beers are often a love-it-or-hate-it style. I enjoy them, but only "in season." They started landing on stores shelves as early as July, but for me it has to be fall before I crack one open. Bonus points if it actually feels like fall, too.
How it relates to the game
In game three, the Panthers planted a seed to save the season. Then the bye came, and we can only hope that seed has continued to grow and that the Panthers can again harvest a win this Sunday. Halloween's yet a month away, and yet I personally am looking forward to cracking open a pumpkin beer and watching Monsters, Inc. get after Carson Palmer.
I think the defense will again be key. The Arizona Cardinals do not have an explosive offense on the ground or air, but they do have weapons. I expect their offensive woes will be further exposed thanks to Carolina's front seven, and Palmer has shown a propensity for turning the ball over (he has six interceptions so far this season, with four coming in their last two games).
Price Point / Availability
You can find Harvest Time at most NC bottles shops and grocery stores. It usually retails at $8.99-9.99 for a six-pack. For those readers outside of NC, I encourage you to grab the pumpkin beer of your choice. And if you have a favorite, sound off in the comments below!
Looking to drink craft beer at the game? Here's a list of craft beers in Bank of America Stadium.