It seems like it's been forever since I've written a "5 things I liked" blog after a Panther win. Those seven straight "5 things I didn't like" blog after Panther losses were getting a little old, so let's get started:
5 things I liked about Carolina's 19-12 win over Arizona Sunday:
1) Jonathan Stewart and the offensive line. "Stewie" went for 137 yards, pounding the ball again and again and starting the game with a flourish with a 35-yard run that set the tone.
2) It was a "guilt-free" win. Thanks to Cincinnati's 19-17 win over Cleveland, the Panthers (2-12) are still a game worse than every other competitor in the race for the No.1 draft pick. So enjoy this one, Panther fans -- there are really no negative repercussions to it.
3) Jordan Senn. The special-teams standout recovered not one but two attempted onside kicks Sunday -- this after giving an impassioned speech to the team Saturday night.
4) Jimmy Clausen. I've been critical of Clausen numerous times, and I still don't think he's the long-term answer for Carolina, but let's give credit where it is due. Clausen played error-free football Sunday, threw a TD pass to Jeff King (his first since Week 4) and had a QB rating of 107.6.
5) John Fox. What a nice note to go out on at home for the Panthers' head coach of the past nine years. Although he won't coach in this stadium again -- not for the Panthers, that is -- he won his final game here playing his kind of football and also guaranteed a record above .500 for his Panthers' career.