SamMills51 Posted October 29, 2017 Share Posted October 29, 2017 (edited) So, looks like the Panthers are playing the Falcons next week. With that being said, time to bring some of the heat! So, State Of The Falcons. You guys are 1-3 against the AFC East. Sure, you just won "in a thunderstorm," but you guys realize that this is the jets we're talking about. The same Jets who had to go overtime against the Bortles-led Jaguars and nearly blew it against the winless Browns. I mean if the Falcons can't even beat the Josh-McCown led Jets, there's a lot more problems than just a "Superbowl Hangover." In the week prior, you guys got shut down by the 32nd ranked defense in the NFL. Yes, shut down. Just because you got 7 points during garbage time doesn't mean you didn't get shut down. I mean even Josh McCown got 300 yards against that sorry defense, and the former NFL MVP couldn't even sniff 240. Blah blah blah. Your offensive coordinator sucks. We know. I mean even the Panthers have had to put up with the NFL's worst OC in Mike Shula since 2013. I'm not going to deny their stupidity for letting that sorry sack of daddy's poo sit and get Cam killed. There's a reason why Panthers fans went as far as funding an aerial banner over Bank Of America with "Fire Shula" right on it for the Falcons match-up. Seriously. We raised $1,705 for that. https://www.gofundme.com/FireShula However, you do realize you guys dug this grave yourselves this year. I mean you guys hired a dude whose college schemes make Mike Shula look like Kyle Shanahan and Hue Jackson's love child. Plain, bland, and unable to garner a flow for the game. Like I mean Matt Ryan could probably call better plays than him. So now you're stuck with an OC with terrible play-calling alongside an under-performing defense with an overpaid corner in Trufant. Matt Ryan looks only like a shell of his former self, and no one else seems to want to do any better. Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers... Meanwhile, you have the Panthers on the other side, who just finished smacking the over-hyped Buccaneers to a big ol' L in their own stadium. Jameis Winston may as well have been a pancake after the beating he took from the Panthers, sacking him three times, intercepting him twice, and forcing a forced fumble from our very own Julius Peppers. Speaking of 37 year old Julius Peppers (refer to my signature to jog your memory), this guy has 7.5 sacks, 18 tackles, and 2 forced fumbles in eight games so far. He just passed Doleman on the all-time sacks list, finding himself #4 and on pace to even pass Kevin Greene this year. Age doesn't matter for this Panther great, and he's going to be facing your sorry excuse of a right tackle next week. Oh, and the other defensive end on the other side also finds himself with 5.5 sacks so far, 25 tackles, and 1 forced fumble in eight games so far. Dominating against the run and the pass. On pace for double digit sacks on the year. He's no slouch either. And we still have Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei dominating the middle, providing push and stopping the run. So that's still an issue for offenses. Oh, and speaking of the Panthers defense, they're pretty dominant. They're currently 2nd in the NFL in sacks. The Panthers have also held four - yes four - NFL teams to three offensive points or less. The 49ers, Bills, Bears, and Buccaneers all find themselves victim to the Panthers. Steve Wilks has done a fantastic job bringing an aggressive style to the defense, allowing the defensive line and linebackers to flourish. The only teams to not make the list? The Lions, Saints, Eagles, and Patriots. All had top 5 offenses by the time the Panthers faced them. Even then, the Panthers defense did its job for the most part. Oh, and the Panthers have yet to allow a single 100+ yard rusher or receiver on the season. No individual receiver/runner has eclipsed 100 yards so far. James Bradberry is shutting down his side of the field quite well, as expected, and the Panthers run defense is plugging holes quite well. Now, our offense may be the most bipolar in the NFL. Some weeks, our offense clicks and you get results as seen against the Lions and Patriots. Some weeks, our offense gets Shula'd. Some weeks, Cam finds himself running for his life every play from his o-line, while other weeks Funchess and Benjamin takes days off while not getting any separation. Sadly, Shula still thinks Funchess and Benjamin on deep plays is a good idea. I mean, we have a 4.31 receiver who's specialty in deep passes, but Shula thinks sending out our slowest receivers deep is amazing. The one time we actually had Curtis Samuel going deep, he was wide open. The only reason that play never flourished was due to Cam once again running for his life. For some reason, Ron Rivera thinks it's fun to kill Cam by putting in Amini Silatolu whenever Trai Turner goes for his weekly "1-3 snap break" due to some injury or something that never turns out to be serious. And what do you know, whenever Taylor Moton gets his garbage time snaps, he dominates. But getting Cam killed is #1 on the Panthers priority list, so Silatolu it is. So our offense is bipolar and dysfunctional, but our defense is amazing. Considering the Falcons couldn't even score against the Patriots defense until garbage time, I think the Panthers will most certainly dominate. Our offense will likely be average, but that should be enough to beat up the Failcons quite well. IF - and that's a big 'IF' - Shula gets motivated and starts incorporating deep passes to Samuel more alongside much better situational play-calling, it'll be a blowout. Then again, the Falcons do have Sarkisian as their OC, so it just may be a battle of "who wants to kill their MVP QB first." Otherwise... My Prediction Panthers 20 Falcons 10 Peppers gets himself 2.5 sacks on the day. Mario Addison contributes to 1. Cam Newton looks good despite poor play-calling, no run game, and main WRs who can't get separation once again. James Bradberry snags his first interception of the year guarding Julio Jones with Kuechly returning one for a pick six. Matt Ryan and the offense get nothing done with Luke Kuechly dissecting Sarkisian's play-calling. Falcons defense looks dominant as the Panthers offense fails to help Cam in anyway after all, but overall not enough. ------- So, this week I hope to get all of you guys thoughts on the match-up. Please understand the trash-talk is all in good fun from me, and I hope you guys bring it on as well. Would love to get to know the Falcons more once again while giving you my perspective on the 5-3 Panthers. Edited October 30, 2017 by SamMills51 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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