Friday, September 28, 2012

My Panthers-Falcons prediction and some pregame notes

Never again will the “regular” NFL officials be greeted with such glee as on this Sunday around the NFL. File it under the “Don’t Know What You Got Until It’s Gone” section of life.

How long until somebody complains to these wonderful men? Oh, I’d give it until at least about two minutes after the coin toss. When Steve Smith was asked whether he would complain about any flags once the regular refs returned, he replied: “Only when it’s a call against me.”

The Panthers have lost six of their past seven games to Atlanta, including the last four in a row. During that stretch, they’ve had all sorts of problems with powerful running back Michael Turner. But Turner is one of the few Falcons not performing at an extremely high level right now – he’s averaging a modest 3.7 yards per carry. If, say, Jonathan Stewart is more effective than Turner Sunday, that would increase the Panthers’ chances to win substantially.

The weirdest thing I ever saw in the Georgia Dome? It was in 1998, when the Falcons scored 21 points in 48 seconds against Carolina on their way to a 51-23 win. Think how hard that is to do – three touchdowns in less than a minute. At one point, Muhsin Muhammad fumbled the ball with no one around him. A Falcon passing by picked it up and scored.

When you look at the statistics of Matt Ryan vs. Cam Newton so far this year, two numbers really jump out. Ryan’s TD/interception ratio is 8/1. Newton’s is 2/5.

I got the Panthers’ outcome right for the first time this season last week when I picked the Giants to beat Carolina. Both my weekly predictions and the Panthers’ record sit at a lousy 1-2.

My prediction Sunday: Atlanta 30, Carolina 16.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hope the D can force some turnovers. If not, it will be a long day.

Anonymous said...

Cam would play better if you guys would support him. You guys are the worst editors and writers ever. How dare you blast him like after all he has bought to this wanna be city. What should someone expect living in the south!

Anonymous said...

And what exactly has he brought us?

Anonymous said...

Im not overly impressed by Atlanta. The Falcons are making a living off of turnovers. Denver almost came back after 3 interceptions. So if the Panthers dont give them any freebies, they might be able to steal this one. Hupe the coaches took the extra time to actually get ready for the game.

Anonymous said...

Do us a favor, and head north then!

Anonymous said...

Blast him? -- Maybe Scott should just lie about his stats?

Anonymous said...

He's brought us a phony Superman TD act as well as a "towel on the head look at me I'm whining because we're not winning" show. For Cam, it's all about ME and not about TEAM. It's going to be a very long game with Atlanta and this season is bringing up bad memories of George Seifert's final year.

Anonymous said...

It is what it is. Cam is probably still sulting and crying over the game against the Giants. Hope he doesn't use that damn towel this time when he starts his sulting. Sick of that towel and his body expressions. Grow up Cam and get ready to get your butt beat again.

Anonymous said...

Hope.

TheCatman HOF 2003 said...

Cam is the face of Charlotte right Now and the Charlotte Observer Disrespects him! I would not blame him if he stopped giving interviews to the paper, like Sterling Sharpe did in Green Bay. Cam does not need anything else Negative to Deal with! Especially when the paper then gives him props for a job well done. Let other cities talk smack, not this city! Reporting a loss is one thing; Ridiculing him is another! I see that & Reverse the criticism back at the reporter!

Peter M said...

@Anonymous 3:01PM

The editors and writers are not here to support the Panthers - they are here to report on the news. If you want Pro-Panthers positive news only, head to Panthers.com.

Scott is not always right, but I respect his point of view.

Cam is a very good quarterback, but also needs to make some changes to become great. Only time will tell.

Anonymous said...

Betting with my money: Falcons

Betting with your money: Panthers