Behind Enemy Lines: Going Inside Reliant Stadium


Sunday I had the pleasure to attend the Panthers vs Texans games in Houston, TX at Reliant Stadium. Now I know it has been a few days, but I really wanted time to reflect on what I had experienced.

While there I learned a few things, things about the Panthers and things about the Texans and their fans. Of course I was in the middle of a constant onslaught of trash talk for wearing my Cam Newton jersey. My fraternity brother attempted to get out of the line of fire because he was wearing an old Delhomme jersey, who just so happens to play for the Texans now. Nevertheless the experience was amazing, even if I did open my first beer at a quarter till 9am. Overall we had fun, especially when I was able to walk out with my head held high as the Texans fans continued to talk trash because they are going to the playoffs. Check back after the break for my two cents on the game.

The Panthers Red Zone Defense Was Hiding

I was sitting in an End-Zone seat, and I saw first hand a defense that I had never seen. Jordan Senn may have had an outstanding game, but it was the D as a whole within the final 20 yards that won this game. They made Arian Foster and TJ Yates look like children when they were near my seats.

Jordan Who? Wait a second…how long has he been on our team?

Everyone keeps talking about Jordan Senn, the hero sent from above in the win against Houston. I can rant and rave about this guy all day, but recently Joe Soriano and I had a back and forth on Twitter, and here is an excerpt.

@SorianoJoe: @CatCraveSlate what’s your opinion on jordan senn?

@CatCraveSlate: @SorianoJoe @MrsNSenn57 give him time. He may be able to hold on to a starting role if he continues to improve.

Obviously I feel as though he can be a starter, and rightfully so. Thomas Davis has the distinct possibility of never playing football again. Therefore, we are looking for a #3 LB for next season. Dan Conner just doesn’t hit home with me for some reason.

I Love Rob Chudzinski
FUMBLEROOSKI!!!!

The Panthers Can Mantain a Lead

During the entire second half, I was screaming and hollering at the Houston fans to check the scoreboard every time they would talk some trash. But every time I said that, I had to check the scoreboard to make sure we hadn’t choked as usual. The Panthers were able to stay focused and played better in the second half, than in the first.

So now that we are into the next week, many would think that me posting this so late is pointless. I say NAY! We can learn a great deal about our Panthers from Sunday’s match-up in Houston. I don’t want to ruin Seth’s post for later in the week so I shall make it short.

1)The Panthers have had a defense the entire time, they just didn’t put the right pieces into the right slots. The Panthers were the kids trying to put a square peg into a round hole. Well, Jordan Senn is the round peg!

2)Cam Newton does not need to light it up in order to win. When people told me he needed 169 yards to beat the rookie record, I said no problem. I wasn’t worried about the win in Houston, I just wanted him to break the record. Now I say screw the record, throw for 149 yards every week and win!

3) We’re definitely not in Charlotte anymore. Ok so I ripped off the Wizard of Oz but hey it’s true. If most of the season wasn’t an indication that Ron Rivera was the most extreme polar opposite of John Fox, then Sunday was. The modified Fumblerooskie proved that Ron Rivera and his staff refuse to sit by and play a standard style of football that mimics 95% of the league.

Tags: Cam Newton Carolina Panthers Houston Texans Jordan Senn Ron Rivera