Franchise QBs on their way out? The quarterback carousel begins early.

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

We are at the mid-season mark and already we have teams talking about moving on from their supposed franchise quarterbacks.

Let’s take a look at who may be leaving their quarterbacks behind.

Carolina Panthers placed Cam Newton on season-ending injured reserve this week, leaving many to question if we will ever see Newton in a Panthers uniform again., especially since they have quarterback Kyle Allen, an undrafted free agent who has played well for Carolina in relief of Newton. He has completed 60.7 % of his passes for 1,291 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions in six games.

The Panthers have gone 5-1 in the games in which Allen has started.

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NFC South: what surprises will they bring for Week 8?

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Week 7 was a bit quiet for the NFL’s NFC South Division. With Carolina and Tampa Bay enjoying the rest that comes with a Bye week, that left only the New Orleans and Atlanta seeing action.

In what seems to be a trend so far this season, the Saints won easily while the Falcons lost heavily.

With all four teams back in action for Week 8, and their quarterbacks being the most talked about subject on the mind of fans, let’s take a look at the upcoming matchups and see if there might be any surprises in store for the competition…

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NFC South: Week 2

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Things got shaken up in the NFC South this weekend. The Carolina Panthers are winless while the other three teams are tied up in the standings at 1-1.

The most startling news is the thumb injury to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Early reports indicate 6-8 weeks of recovery but if it really is “Gamekeepers Thumb,” he may be out all season.

Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Atlanta Falcons poised to take over the division? Let’s see what happened to them this week.

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NFC South: preseason week 2

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

In 2018, the NFC South produced one playoff team and three others who woefully under-performed vs expectations.

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints took a 13-3 record into the post-season and lost in what many fans still call an egregious error by the officials.

The Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers both finished with 7-9 records, which was definitely not what most pundits predicted when the season began.

And finally, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a dismal 5-11, are still struggling to live up to the promise that drafting quarterback Jameis Winston showed back in 2015.

Will this year see a shake-up in the rankings? Let’s see how they look so far…

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All or Nothing: The Carolina Panthers

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

“All or Nothing,” the Emmy award winning Amazon original series, returns on Friday, July 19th.

A competitor to the HBO series “Hard Knocks,” this program is entering it’s 4th season. It’s produced by NFL Films and will be available for streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

In case you missed them, the previous three seasons featured the Arizona Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys.

In 2018, they ventured into the college ranks with the Michigan Wolverines getting eight episodes as well as Manchester City of the English Premier League.

This year, they are back to the NFL and will feature the Carolina Panthers!

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Checking in on the quarterbacks in the NFC South

Sonja Greenfield, OTFB Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //  @Mom23RN

I’ve hit the NFC North and NFC East.  This week, I head down to the durrty south.

These quarterbacks are about as stable as they get, outside of Tampa Bay, and even that’s not that truly unstable.   Despite quarterback Jameis Winston‘s issues, he’s still in the mix.

So, lets look at Winston, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Cam Newton and ask the question, “What will 2019 look like for these quarterbacks?”

Since I’ve mentioned Winston, let’s start with Tampa Bay.

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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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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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