What’s up Panther Nation? The biggest game of the season is tomorrow and I know everyone is excited. Enjoy yourselves tomorrow, it is going to be an amazing game. To the fans lucky enough to have tickets, make sure you are loud when the team is on defense. A couple false start penalties for a team that doesn’t get penalized too much would be great. The Panthers will need all the support they can get. Now onto the stories from the week:
A big story from the week involved an injury to a key player on the Panthers offense. Steve Smith dislocated his finger in Wednesday’s practice trying to catch a pass from Cam that Steve described as a “missile, the hardest pass you could possibly throw in America.” This injury might keep some players down, but there is no way Steve Smith would miss this game. It would take a collision with a freight train to keep Steve from competing in one of the biggest Panthers games in recent memory. You have to love his competitive spirit and he will have to play a large role in the offense tomorrow if they are to have success and drive down the field. As Steve says, “big players make big plays in big games.” Amen to that Smitty
This is Gross
Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross has been working on a weekly podcast titled “This is Gross” all season. Jordan interviews members of the Panthers organization, using his own questions, as well as some submitted by fans using twitter. Jordan has done a wonderful job and these weekly segments are a great way for fans to get an inside look into the personalities of their favorite players. This week Gross switched it up, devoting the entire segment to answering loads of questions from Panthers fans. My favorite question? “Who would win in a fight between the Kraken and Steve Smith?” That could be a pay-per-view event in the making. If you like to laugh these interviews are perfect for you.
Sean Payton has stated this week that rookie left tackle Terron Armstead will get his first start of the season. Armstead has yet to play a snap in the regular season and his first ones will come against one of the best defensive end duos in the league. Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson are excited to test the rookie and see if he has what it takes to protect Drew Brees. On the surface it would seem Armstead has no chance, but credit has to be given to his potential. At the NFL combine, Armstead impressed scouts with his speed. The 6 foot 5, 306 pound lineman ran the 40 yard dash in 4.71 seconds. He has the build and the speed to be a competent left tackle in this league, but performing in the combine and performing in a game are two different things. Expect Ron Rivera to mix things up on the line to confuse and attack the rookie. Armstead should be tossing and turning tonight as the Kraken haunts his dreams.
Cat Crave Game Prediction
Expect the Saints offense and defense to struggle on the road as they have all season (3-4). Cam Newton has been money in Bank of America Stadium and should continue that trend on the way to a victory and the Panthers first playoff berth since 2008. Panthers win 31-24.
Panthers fans, let us know how you think the game will go and leave your score prediction in the comments section. We really do read and appreciate your feedback. Go Panthers!!! Keep Pounding!!!!