Monty: In case you haven’t heard, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is the second coming.
The kid may very well be better than expected, but let’s get real. The Green Bay Packers are going to beat the hell out of him and the Panthers.
This was the worst team in the NFL last season. They’re playing the best.
The Packers may have trouble containing Newton as a runner, but they won’t have any trouble stopping the Panthers passing game. This game won’t be anywhere near as close as last week’s win over the Saints.
Packers 42, Panthers 13
Sarah: It would be really easy for the Green Bay Packers to overlook the Carolina Panthers this weekend.
The Panthers were the worst team in the NFL last season with a 2-14 record, and are 0-1 this season after a loss to Arizona. Green Bay, of course, won the Super Bowl in February and is riding high after dismantling the Saints on opening night.
So where’s the motivation? Enter Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis.
Davis, understandably, is pissed that Panthers fans were happy their pathetic team stayed in the game last week, losing to the Cards by only seven points. Irritated, he told reporters this past week he fully expected to win that game, and fully expects to come out on top against Green Bay.
“Man I’m tired of talking about Aaron Rodgers,” Davis said. “We’ll line up and we’re going to compete as hard as we can and we should come away with a victory.”
We should come away with a victory?
Quarterback Cam Newton is certainly no joke after racking up 422 yards passing in his NFL debut, but how pathetic is it that the Panthers still LOST that game despite such a performance? And against a team that went 5-11 last season.
Newton will face an actual defense this weekend, and I’m betting Dom Capers is going to throw the kitchen sink at this kid. Look for blitzing early and often and the secondary to smother the Panthers’ only real threat in wideout Steve Smith.
There’s really nothing standing in the way of the Packers’ offense, so this could get ugly real fast.
Packers 42, Panthers 21
Eric: The number one team vs. the number one pick.
The Green Bay Packers head south to take on the top pick in the 2011 draft, Cam Newton, and the Carolina Panthers. Newton is coming off a unexpected and impressive outing in week one against the Arizona Cardinals, tossing the pigskin for 422 yards and two TDs. Most of those yards — 178 to be exact — and both TDs were to wideout Steve Smith.
Meanwhile, the Panthers defense gave up 309 yards to Kevin Kolb and the Cards. So how will they handle the Packers explosive offense?
Not very well.
Aaron Rodgers can pick apart great defenses while taking his morning dump and reading the paper. What do you think will happen to Carolina’s D?
The Panthers made Kolb look like a Pro Bowler and that was with super stud receiver Larry Fitzgerald recording only three catches for 62 yards. The Packers have way too many weapons for Carolina. It might not even be funny come the fourth quarter, but hey, Matt Flynn can raise his stock for his free agency next year.
Rodgers will have over 325 yards and three TDs. No contest.
The thing that kind of bothers me is the Panthers running game. The tag team of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart didn’t do anything against Arizona, but the Packers defense tackled for crap against New Orleans. The Panthers will try to run the ball hard to wear out the D and keep Rodgers off the field.
It will still be ugly. Newton will have a moment or two where he’ll look good, but I think Clay, Raji and Woodson will make this Newton’s official “Welcome To The NFL” party. The Packers offense will be like a hot knife through butter and make it look like a game of Madden 2012.
Packers 38, Panthers 17