Who knows if this will last, but at this writing the Carolina Panthers' defense is playing a stunning game. I am watching it at Soldier Field and am amazed.
The Panthers lead 16-7 in the third quarter, and it's mostly because of defense. The Panthers have sacked Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler six times and forced him into three turnovers and he looks totally lost out there at the moment.
The Panthers have gotten a career-high three sacks from Greg Hardy, and their defensive secondary is playing so well Cutler can hardly find an open receiver. The Panthers' offense has been pretty decent as well, although it has had to settle for three short field goals and its only TD was on an alert recovery by wide receiver Louis Murphy on a Cam Newton fumble in the end zone.
Bottom line: Upset brewing. But whether the Panthers can hold Chicago off in the final quarter will be the true test. The way the Panther defense is playing, though, anything is possible on this Sunday in Chicago.
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