These two teams faced off in week 4 in an exciting contest. Newton and the Panthers fell just short of topping Atlanta for their first loss of the year. Of course, we know how things have shaped up for both teams since that game. Atlanta has built off their early season success to sit at 11-1 in week 14. Carolina, well, has not. The Panthers hit maybe all time low for the season as they fell to the one win Chiefs. KC may have had a little drive to win this game after losing a teammate, but Carolina is clearly out of at this point. Their only motivation for this game may be to defeat a division rival, but that won’t change the landscape much for either team. at 3-9, the Panthers may have already packed it in, looking for that high draft pick.
I don’t believe Cam Newton has quit yet, which is what this whole game is going to focus on. With no running game to speak of recently except Newton, he has had to own games mostly with his arm. With still no bonafide number 2 receiver, Newton has relied on Steve Smith a lot again this year. They haven’t had the same magic this year as teams are now working on shutting down the veteran receiver. Jonathan Stewart looks to be out again, so that means DeAngelo Williams is once again the starter. Don’t expect a ton of carries though, as he hasn’t been a big part of this offense for some time now.
Carolina is now tied for the worst record in the NFC with Philadelphia. This team doesn’t have a whole lot going for them after a promising year last year. Some major changes could be made in the offseason, but for now there are still 4 more games to be played.