Carolina Panthers Assured Not to Go 0-16, En-Route to First 'W'

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 24: David Gettis of the Carolina Panthers catches a touchdown late in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Win! A word we haven’t been all-too familiar with the last eight weeks in Carolina. It’s something we’ve wanted, and something that the fanbase has been in dire need of, but the W’s have slipped away from Carolina on many occasions as the offense has struggled mightily. The Bye Week was good for Carolina, and apparently just what was needed in an effort to perhaps salvage a floundering season.

Stepping up for the Panthers were wide receivers David Gettis and Brandon LaFell. Gettis hasn’t been as much of a surprise for the most part, as he’s shown the most upside of the rookie draft picks in Carolina at the position, and he has steadily improved with every passing week. LaFell on the other hand had six catches for 91 yards. A major jump from what he’s contributed so far this season, and Carolina even had Steve Smith sharing some of the workload at the position.

Overall, it was a hard fought win on all sides of the ball. Next week Carolina pays a visit to the St Louis Rams. After that game, the schedule increases in degrees of difficulty. In the meantime, one game at a time will suffice for fans and players alike. Let the 24-hour rule of celebration commence now.

There remains 10 games to the season. I would love to see Carolina put together a respectable remainder of the season. I’m still not expecting playoff implications as a result of Carolina’s play. However, playoff implications could come into play with some wins by the panthers and some losses by other teams that were thought to be a lock going into the season. At this point, Carolina’s stepped in the right direction with a win.

One game at a time, Panthers!

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