While watching the Patriots struggle mightily in the first half against the Broncos, I began to wonder if the Panthers had anything to do with it. Was a loss to us so reverberating that it carried over to the next game? Since I only average 4 good ideas a year (this was number 4, so I hope it’s worth it), I decided to conjure my first Fanpost on the subject of the lasting damage inflicted upon each team we’ve beaten this season.
So, is it just the Patriots that can’t get right after meeting up with Monsters Inc., or is it every opponent we’ve beaten? Believe it or not every team we put away, except the Patriots, has gone on to lose the following week. NY Giants? I know, duh, they were literally in the middle of a 0-6 start to the season. But, after putting up 31 points against Dallas and 23 against Denver, they only managed 7 points in their week 4 loss to KC after first leaving Charlotte with no points and no hope. Minnesota came in with a win over Pittsburgh and a bye week before we threw up 35 to their 10. The following week they lost to the Giants, only managing to score 7. Actually, Thomas Davis touched Minnesota’s soul such that they would not see victory for three more weeks. The Rams came into the game on a two game win streak and left at the beginning of a three game losing streak. I do believe the Kraken was unleashed that same game, notching a sack and a whole lot of pressure.
Tampa Bay was another team with a losing streak already in progress when the Panthers came to town. Of course, we gleefully piled on and the Bucs went on to lose the following week to Seattle in OT. Atlanta has not won since leaving Charlotte as losers in week 9. The 49ers had a 5 game win streak and a lot of confidence working before falling to the Panthers 10-9. They lost the next week to the people located at approximate latitude 29.9667° N, longitude 90.0500° W before picking themselves back up the following week. Which brings us to New England, who were a shadow of their former selves for the first half against Denver. I mean, they were horrible. They rallied to win in the end, but doesn’t that just make you more proud of the Panthers victory last week? I mean, if we can rattle He Who Shall Not Be Named to the point of almost losing consecutive games, then we are definitely on to something. We’ll see this week how the trend holds up when the how the Dolphins head to New York to face the Jets.