Panthers Look For Momentum


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Carolina isn’t going to the playoffs this year, but they could end the season on a high note if they can pull together a few more wins.  Take away two big losses to the Giants and Broncos and their other 6 losses have been by a TD or less.  The Panthers have been in a lot of games this year but haven’t been able to shut the door.  Their last 5 games feature only one team with a record above .500.  Win 3 or 4 of these and the season looks a little less loss.  If that makes any sense…

Well this Sunday’s game should be a good step in the right direction.  Kansas City has lost their last 8 games.  They are a team in an even worse situation than Carolina with only 1 win on the season.  Their starting QB Matt Cassell has only 6 TDs on the season.  In the games Brady Quinn has replaced him he has yet to reach the end zone.  Carolina’s secondary is nothing special, but no matter who is under center for the Chiefs the defense should fare well.  What they do have to worry about is the rushing attack.  Jamaal Charles is an elite back that has lead the Chiefs to the fourth best rushing attack in the league.  He is capable of some serious games with breakaway speed rivaled by nobody.

The Chiefs defense hasn’t been horrible, but are capable of some decent performances.  They gave up just 17 points to Denver, 16 to Pittsburgh, and only 9 to Baltimore.  They have also given up more than 25 points on 7 separate occasions.  Odds are that Cam Newton will put up some points on the Chiefs, but he certainly can’t just shake them off.  They have struggled more against the run so it may be a chance to get DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert some carries.  Jonathan Stewart is likely out with a high ankle sprain.   When it comes down to it, this is a game Carolina should win as long as they still have some motivation left.

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