Friday, December 13, 2013

Picking Panthers to rebound vs Jets and other pregame notes



If the Carolina Panthers beat the New York Jets on Sunday at 4:05 p.m., life returns to normal. The 31-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints fades into the distance. Another Saints game looms, but this time at home. The Panthers would be 10-4 and sitting pretty in the NFC playoff race, dancing much like Steve Smith is in the above picture.

But this is a game the Panthers can't afford to lose. And shouldn't lose. Although the Jets have won some big games this season, the fact remains they are 1-5 on the road and have a rookie quarterback in Geno Smith who is tied for the NFL lead with 20 interceptions. If you can't beat a team like that at home, you probably don't deserve a playoff berth.

-- If you are watching the game on television Sunday, remember that it will be found on CBS (WBTV in Charlotte) and not on the usual Fox outlets. The longtime NFL rule holds that when there is an inter-conference game like this one, the visiting team holds sway in terms of who televises it. CBS does AFC games and Fox does NFC games, so that's why the visiting Jets have placed this game on CBS with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf as the announcers.

-- Over-under on how many Rex Ryan shots we get during the telecast? I put the number at 25.

-- I have heard from a number of people who have had difficulty finding my new Panther book -- "100 Things Panthers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" -- because of temporary sellouts. Amazon.com, for instance, for much of this week had the book labeled as not being available for "1 to 3 months" due to back-orders.

-- So this should help. First of all, BN.com has the book available immediately online. Secondly, I will be signing books at Park Road Books in Charlotte Saturday, Dec.14th, from 2-3 p.m. and also at The Observer building (600 South Tryon Street) during a newspaper event that also will include author signings from Kathleen Purvis and Ken Garfield from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec.19th. Come on by.

There are now signed copies of the Panther book available at Blis Uptown, a gift shop in Charlotte, in Founders Hall as well as at Barnes and Noble in Birkdale Village. And if you live in the Gastonia area, I will be signing books and speaking on Saturday, Dec.21st, at 2 p.m. at the main Gastonia library (1555 Garrison Blvd).

-- A number of folks have emailed me after my note last week about me wanting to hear from fans who have received a football directly from Cam Newton after a touchdown for a story coming up. However, I would still like to hear from others, too. Email me directly at sfowler@charlotteobserver.com if you are one of those people or know somebody who is.

-- Prediction stuff: I overestimated the Panthers last week and picked them to upset New Orleans on the road -- an unwise choice. That dropped my seasonal record to 9-4 -- the same as Carolina, although I have not picked the Panthers to win every week. My pick this week: Carolina 23, New York Jets 13.

6 comments:

Frazer said...

Just sayin'--Park Road Books has finally managed to get plenty of copies of your excellent book in stock. Thanks for doing a signing with us!

Anonymous said...

If the Panthers play like they can and should, they should absolutely win this and may win by more than two touchdowns. The Jets do have a good defsnse and may keep it close for at least a half. They tend to play up/down to their competition. But too many matchups are in the Panthers favor, plus they are at home and are surely pissed about their peformance last week. In the NFL, never bet against a good team at home after they've been embarrased the week before. Go Panthers!

Anonymous said...

Park Road Books is awesome - see ya there

Anonymous said...

GO NJ JETS ... THIS IS AN EASY WIN

WHY DO THEY CALL THEM NY JETS WHERE THEY ARE SOUTH OF THE BORDER?

AND SUPER BOWL XLVIII WILL BE PLAYED IN NEW JERSEY NOT NEW YORK FOR THE OTHER IDIOT COLUMNIST

METLIFE STADIUM AND WE HOPE IT SNOWS 10 FEET

Torg said...

Hey, congrats on the sales of your book! I appreciate the good work you do.

Elec Powell said...

Is there some unwritten rule that trolls must write everything in all caps? Thinking this is an easy win justifies your lack of football knowledge, but at least you're good with geography. So, when the Jets lose today, don't get down on your prediction, hang your hat on the fact that you know where the stadium is located.