Monday, October 18, 2010

4 Monday NFL thoughts

I have gotten to watch very little good NFL football this season, since I'm generally covering the Carolina Panthers on Sundays (ba-dump-dump).

With Sunday being the Panthers' bye week, however, I did get a good dose of Baltimore-New England and Philadelphia-Atlanta and a bit of Dallas-Minnesota (I know, Cowboys-Vikes is not exactly top-notch football either) and some other pretty cool highlights.

So, 4 quick NFL thoughts:

1) What a relief to see that NFL teams actually score regularly! With the Panthers averaging an NFL-low 10.4 points per game, it's cool to see a game where the losing team at least scores 20. Three NFL games Sunday, in fact, ended by a 23-20 score.

2) The Panthers are now one of only two winless teams in the NFL (joining Buffalo). The 49ers won Sunday, 17-9 over Oakland, which means the combined records of San Francisco and Carolina will be 1-10 entering Sunday's 1 p.m. game in Charlotte.

3) The hit that Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson got a concussion on in the Atlanta game was one of the most brutal I've ever seen.

4) Did you notice every NFC team now has at least 2 losses? Check the NFL standings here. If the Panthers had just won one or two games this season, they'd be in the thick of things, because it looks like no one is going to run away with the No.1 NFC playoff seed this season.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

NO COMMENT!

realist said...

And if the sun rose from the west...

Anonymous said...

It is not beyond reality the Panthers could end up 0-16 to tie the Lions 0-16 record in 2008. Carolina went 1-16 in 2001.
Tampa in its rookie season went 0-14 in 1977 with Spurrier at QB.

J said...

Well Scott, if all you want to see is scoring, come hop on the Auburn bandwagon! It might take the Panthers a month to score the 28 we scored in the 4th quarter Saturday, and at least 2 moths to equal the 65 we scored in the game. Cam Newton for Heismann, WAR EAGLE!!!

J said...

Anon 11:10 - First off, there has never been a 17-game season, so the Panthers have never gone 1-16. Secondly, it takes a very special bad team to lose all 16. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then. The 49ers, with the exception of 1 half yesterday, have been every bit as bad as we have. So has Cleveland, and Seattle and Arizona have been wildly inconsistent. We almost beat New Orleans on the road and we have them at home in a few weeks. All is not lost, although it's looking more and more like 2-14 or 3-13 is about the best we can do.

Anonymous said...

Realistically I think, S.F., Cleveland, and Tampa are the only win possibilities for the Panthers. The horrible offense and suspect defense just cannot compete. I'd like to be optimistic and think Clausen is going to improve, but with his o-line, its going to be tough. They should trade smith and Stewart or Williams, maybe even both and get some draft picks for the next coach.