Wednesday, November 20, 2013
This is a little weird. The only NFL team the Panthers have never beaten in the regular season is their next opponent -- Miami.
The Dolphins and Panthers have only played each other four times, and in each case the Panthers have managed to mess it up. They've lost to Miami when Carolina was good (the 2005 playoff season) and when Carolina was bad (the 1-15 2001 season). They've lost to Miami when Dan Marino was the quarterback and Jay Fiedler was the quarterback (and he threw for more yards than Marino).
They lost a game once when Steve Smith had one of the best games of his career -- three touchdowns and 170 receving yards. They allowed the forgettable Oronde Gadsden to burn them for 102 receiving yards.
In other words, history says not to take these Dolphins (5-5) lightly. The Panthers (7-3) just got the two biggest victories of Ron Rivera's tenure in an eight-day span -- the winning touchdown was scored by former Dolphin Ted Ginn Jr. (above) against New England. But Carolina would give back some of that hard-earned ground if they lost.
The four-game series:
1998: Dolphins 13, Panthers 9.
2001: Dolphins 23, Panthers 6.
2005: Dolphins 27, Panthers 24.
2009: Dolphins 24, Panthers 17.
Posted by Scott Fowler at 11:20 AM