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Predictions: Packers vs. Panthers

Cam Newton

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 roll.

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?

Fool, please.

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

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Buddymobile September 17, 2011

    Clam Newton is going to hit a brick wall this week. Green Bay’s defense will tighten up, and A-Rod will have over 300 yards.

    GB – 38
    CAR- 13

  2. nurseratchett September 17, 2011

    Your mouths to (insert your deity here)’s ears. Breese did a relatively effective, although losing effort, picking apart our secondary last week. Lots of missed tackles, coupled with a charged up Panthers team & fans, worries me a little.

    That’s what I do though. Hoping for a blow out. Last week almost killed me.

    GO PACK GO!!!

  3. BuddyXLV September 17, 2011

    It looks like the Pansie assed Panthers are wearing their white jerseys because it’s too hot in Charlotte to wear the darker color. Needless to say we looked good kicking ass in the Superbowl in Green, therefore we will look good kicking as in North Carolina in our “hotter” colors

  4. Randy R September 17, 2011

    Thomas Davis said he’s “sick of talking about A Rodgers, if he’s sick of it now, how’s he gonna get through Sun night and Monday?..I predict…Not well.

  5. Andy September 18, 2011

    I think our D is too strong for Cam despite the beating it took last week. Williams will cover Smith till the cows come home, and woodson will likley blitz from nickle situations and give Cam very little time to throw. The panthers run game will unlikley be an issue as Green bay usually get ahead which forces the other team to catch up. Cam will get big stats but again it won’t lead to a W, and really thats all that matters

  6. ay hombre September 18, 2011

    Williams isn’t playing.

  7. FrozenFanatic84 September 18, 2011

    I was at the game today and I was impressed with Newton…He kept the Panthers in the game…actually threw for like 11 more yards than he did against the Cards last week! So glad that the Packers were able to make the plays and score the points they had to to win today! GO PACK GO 2-0!!!

  8. Buddymobile September 18, 2011

    As much as our D allowed, they won the game. Our offense was lackluster compared to last week. Let’s hope we have a solid game overall against the Bears. Go Pack! So far so good.