Looking at the Panthers loss to the Lions

Cindy Davis, Carolina Panthers Reporter

By Cindy Davis // @XO_CindyDavis

Detroit Lions 20 – Carolina Panthers 19

The Carolina Panthers have lost their last two games in heartbreaking fashion. First came the embarrassing blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on primetime. If that wasn’t already devastating enough for fans, the Panthers followed that game with a loss to the Detroit Lions Sunday by one point, 20-19. This loss marked the Panthers 4th loss, all of which have come on the road.

One of the most frustrating things about the Lions game was the fact that the Panthers had 10 days to mull over their embarrassing loss to the Steelers, and they still showed up to Detroit with an underwhelming and lackluster performance. There were so many missed opportunities in this game that it seemed as if the Panthers found a way to lose rather than finding ways to win.

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Saints determined to make another Super Bowl run

Wanda Wiedman, Saints contributor

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63 

Since the beginning of the season, it has been all about quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs heading to the Super Bowl to challenge the Los Angeles Rams.  But silently and methodically the New Orleans Saints have been keeping pace with the two powerhouse teams.

No one seems to talk about how the Saints are 9-1, alongside the Chiefs and Rams. The love fest displayed for the young quarterback Mahomes has several media analysts salivating. While the Rams run game cannot be matched.

But in New Orleans stands a humble, veteran QB in Drew Brees. He has tasted the sweet elation of a Super Bowl win and can see it as it gets closer.

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An honest look at the Buccaneers at mid season

Dayna O’Gorman Senior Sports Editor

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were pretty excited after the first few games of the season. Even with starting quarterback Jameis Winston suspended, they were winning games and back up QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was putting up great numbers.

Then the tide turned and the team began a slide that fans were hoping wouldn’t come.

I spoke with Chris Fisher, former Bucs podcaster, who can always be counted on for unflinching analysis. He gave me his impression of this team, where it’s headed, and what we can expect from this week’s game against the New York Giants.

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LA Rams fall to New Orleans Saints

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @Lucyrk78

New Orleans Saints 45 – LA Rams 35

It was inevitable. We said last week that the odds of going 16-0 were almost impossible. However, what a great game this was!

While New Orleans was dominant early, the Rams put on an amazing comeback in the second half, tying the game with 21 unanswered points.

While the final result wasn’t what Rams fans were hoping for, we can be reassured in knowing that no deficit is too big for this team to overcome. It’s just one game and the Rams still have the best record in football, sitting tied with the Chiefs at 8-1.

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The cardiac cats strike again as the Panthers beat the Eagles

Carolina Panthers Reporter Cindy Davis

By Cindy Davis // @XO_CindyDavis

Carolina Panthers 21 – Philadelphia Eagles 17

 

The Panthers managed to defeat the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles in Philadelphia in an amazing 4th quarter comeback, 21-17.

After sitting through three grueling quarters of frustrating football, the game felt hopeless and like a sure loss. Then suddenly, in the 4th quarter, the Panthers took over and the team managed to find their rhythm. Down 17 points and with their backs against the wall, the Panthers found a way to win.

Before today, the Panthers have never come back from a 4th quarter 17 point deficit to win a game. With 10:41 left on the clock, quarterback Cam Newton tossed a trick pass to wide receiver Curtis Samuel who ran it into the end zone for the first Panther points of the game.

Following the touchdown, kicker Graham Gano missed the PAT further emphasizing that nothing in this game seemed to be going right for this team. Little did viewers know that this touchdown gave the cardiac cats the momentum shift they needed.
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The Carolina Panthers come up just short

Cindy Davis, Carolina Panthers Reporter

By Cindy Davis // @XO_CindyDavis

Redskins 23 – Panthers 17

The Cardiac cats struck again for the second week in a row on Sunday as the Panthers game came down to the wire. Unfortunately, this game did not have quite the happy ending that the Giants game had. 

With under 3 minutes left in the 4th quarter, the Panthers had a chance to defeat the Redskins and score a game-winning touchdown but they were out of sync and unable to convert.  

There were many frustrating scenarios in this game that led up to the nail-biting finish.

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New face on Carolina Panthers defense leaves lasting impression

Cindy Davis Carolina Panthers Reporter

By Cindy Davis // XO_CindyDavis

Panthers 31 – Bengals 21

The 2-1 Carolina Panthers defeated the now 2-1 Cincinnati Bengals Sunday 31-21. The Panthers recorded a great team win heading into their bye week, and redeemed themselves following a disappointing defensive performance that lead to a loss last week.

While quarterback Cam Newton and running back Christian McCaffrey both had impressive days on offense, there was one new name that especially stood out on defense.  That name is linebacker Efe Obada.

If you’re like me, you have never heard Efe Obada’s name until yesterday. That’s because yesterday was Obada’s first NFL start. Despite that, number 94 looked like a veteran and went on the field with the intention to make a name for himself.

Despite only playing in 29% of the team snaps, Obada recorded one sack for a loss of ten yards and caught one interception during the game. He also tackled  QB Andy Dalton as he was throwing, forcing what at first look appeared to be a fumble. The fumble was then reversed and called an incomplete pass, but Obada was left applying pressure and recording a QB hit. In the locker room, 94’s performance impressed his teammates and coach so much that he was awarded one of the game balls.

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Defensive woes surprise the Panthers

Cindy Davis Carolina Panthers Reporter

By Cindy Davis // @XO_CindyDavis

The Panthers lost a nail-biter to their division rival Atlanta Falcons Sunday in their typical cardiac cat fashion.

With the game on the line at 24-31 and 5 seconds on the clock, quarterback Cam Newton launched a 30-yard bomb into the end zone to his new, speedy wide receiver DJ Moore. Unfortunately, under pressure and in the face of two defenders, Moore was unable to reel the catch in for a chance at overtime.

The offense overall did what they were supposed to, by putting 24 points on the board.  However, the Panthers struggled for four quarters in an unexpected phase: Defense.

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Browns kick Gordon to the curb, but not much else

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Cleveland 18 – 21 New Orleans

For the second week in a row, the Cleveland Browns put up a great fight but came away empty, largely due to problems with the kicking game. After settling for a tie in week one vs the Pittsburgh Steelers, they tried to get that first win in two years down in New Orleans.

Placekicker Zane Gonzalez really struggled, missing two extra points and a field goal to the left, then missed a chance to tie things up with a field goal attempt that went way right.

The offense, while not spectacular, did enough to win but you can’t leave eight points off the board when you are facing a great opponent. Even the defense recovering fumbles by wide receivers Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. wasn’t enough to keep the Browns ahead on the scoreboard. They’ve won the turnover battle the last two weeks, but the offense has only come away with 10 points as a result.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor played an adequate game, and while fans were clamoring to give rookie Baker Mayfield a shot, Taylor managed an amazing deep pass to rookie wide receiver Antonio Callaway for a 47-yard touchdown that could give them the lead, if they had managed to get the extra point. All for naught…

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Chargers deflated by Saints in third preseason game

By Cindy Davis // XO_CindyDavis

New Orleans 36 – LA Chargers 7

The Chargers fell to the Saints in a disappointing 36-7 loss on Saturday, in the third week of the preseason. After scrimmaging and practicing together in the final week of training camp, the Saints dominated the Chargers for three quarters.

While this game was less than exciting for Chargers fans to watch, there were still some positive takeaways from this game.

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