The Race for No. 1 Pick Overall, Comes Down to Two

The Bye Week was nice for probably most of Panther Nation. I enjoyed it. I didn’t have to sit through another agonizingly frustrating loss on Sunday. I was able to relax and accomplish some things I had set out to accomplish over the weekend.

This is a new week for the Carolina Panthers. It’s the start of the team’s post-bye week season. From here on out, we’ll see if this team will sink or if it can at least keep its head above water. How many wins will occur between Weeks Seven and Seventeen? How many losses? Carolina is only one-of-two teams to remain without a win to this point.

The San Francisco 49ers were touted as the best team with a winless record…meaning of the three teams without a win, the 49ers were the best. Now San Fran is the second-worst of the teams with a single win — Carolina the worst in every offensive category.

Every week I’ve sat here and said, “this is my team, but this is so uncharacteristic of my team.” Am I the only one who is perhaps envious of Detroit’s one-win record or Oakland’s two wins? Heck, even the Browns have a win to their credit.

These are the things I pondered, even though the Panthers were off on Sunday, and probably the farthest thing from just about anyone’s mind.

It’s been a long season so far, and for Carolina it’s only been five weeks of action.

So here are a few questions I leave us to wonder:

  • Will Carolina win its first game at home or on the road? Which team/s will the win occur against?
  • Will Carolina show any signs of life on offense in its first week after the Bye?
  • Will John Fox lose his team’s confidence in his ability to coach?
  • Will the offensive coaching staff in Carolina ever look competent this season?
  • Which team remains without a win the longest: Buffalo or Carolina?

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  • Mark

    1st things 1st…. stop thinking so negative. Guys have rested up,their memories are short. We play a team Sunday that isn’t much to write home about. 1st win comes this week. I think the O will finally have a breakout game,how long can our offense possibly play like they have been playing? Confidence in the staff is still there,this team has never been known to throw in the towel,and won’t do it this year.

    My new prediction for our regular season record….. 10-6. Say what you want….anything is possible.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      I’m not really being negative, so much as stating what is mathematically true at this point, and what’s wrong with receiving the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft? I have pegged Carolina to beat the 49ers coming out of the Bye, so we’ll see what happens. With a win, perhaps the Panthers can use what worked and build off of it for the rest of the season. 10-6 seems a bold prediction. While possible, it still seems way over this team’s head.

      • refuse2lose

        Nothing wrong with getting the 1st pick? That means the prior season was craaap!! I was pumped for this season, because of the issues we are having as a country,all the negative talk. I was expecting big things from the Catz,and swore to myself that I would not get down if the team didn’t produce. I refuse to wave the white flag right now. This team has always been about fighting thru adversity…Carruth,Lane,Collins,Seifert to name a few. I won’t accept the thought that the team of 2010 will do something that has not been done. Call me crazy,loony or whatever. I’m going to enjoy this season regardless of the record.

        • Eric Quackenbush

          I’ll enjoy it too, but I’m not going to have delusions of grandeur that I held prior to the start of the season. Until I see something change on offense or in the form of coaching, I’ll watch the youngsters develop and not anticipate a post-season. So far, this season (defense aside) hasn’t shown me much other than crap.

  • John

    I think we have the talent to win the game. I just don’t know if we have the ability to utilize it correctly as currently coached. I hope Matt comes out hot, gets Smith involved early and the O line gets it together. I won’t be betting the paycheck on it though.