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Saturday, November 8, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Monday, November 3, 2014
I, Mel Mayock, am the lead Panthers Analyst for Draftek.com and their latest 2015 Mock Draft is out. You can see it all here: http://www.drafttek.com/2015-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round1.asp. But I'm taking this opportunity to show you a little more on the two guys I've selected to be a part of the 2015 Panthers. This Draft has us projected to Pick 10th overall in the 1st Round and 42nd in the 2nd Round. As I research those available, I focus on talent over need. Those that only focus on need will rarely find elite talent. However, need does come into play when two prospects are relatively close in talent. For example, if there is an elite talent at a position of need and an elite talent at one that is not, the position of need will get the nod.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Okay Panthers fans....it's Halloween Day and officially time to panic.
The Panthers laid an egg at home last night, losing to the road warrior I mean road kitten Saints, 28-10 on Thursday Night Football.
Offense was at a premium for both teams in the first half as the Saints took a 14-0 lead into halftime. One of the two TDs came on a long, hard-fought, 4-yard drive of two plays thanks to a Newton fumble at his own goal line after a sack by Junior Gilette.
The other was set up by a highly dubious pass interference call on Antoine Cason.
A third TD, the Saints' first of the second half, came on a 4th and goal QB sneak where Drew Brees tried the "jump-stretch" play that Cam has the size to do but Brees made it close. He still scored, having the ball break the plane of the goal line before he got body slammed back.
It was that kind of game.
The Panthers got two turnovers
Mark Ingram had 100 yards on 30 carries, so the defense made him earn it. Considering the manner in which the Saints scored their points, the Carolina defense actually played well overall. The problem is the offense couldn't do much to keep Brees & company off the field.
I do want to set ONE thing straight here and now: the problem is NOT Cam Newton. Cam is trying to do everything because he isn't getting much help aside from Kelvin Benjamin. And Kelvin dropped a TD pass last night.
NFL AM is showing a teaser right this moment "What's WRONG with Cam Newton?"
You wanna know what's "wrong with Cam?" FINE!
- His offensive line had not one but TWO rookie UFAs starting! STARTING! Not only that, the certainly seemed to make the weak side of the offensive line truly weak. I don't blame the kids in there playing and trying...but you can't expect a couple of inexperienced and undrafted rookies to play like the line they have in Dallas these days. The Cowboys spent multiple high picks on theirs and over multiple seasons to get where they got their O-line to now. Dave Gettleman appears bound by some unholy contract NOT to get offensive linemen in the top two rounds.
Cam's targets are still dropping passes. Cam might get excited and put too much mustard on some passes, sure, but it isn't like his receivers don't see him EVERY DAY or know what he can do. In fact, Cam's first half interception was due to a pass bouncing off Breston Bersin's hands. Cam had the worst QBR (12.1) he's ever had in a half, and it was plays like that which contributed to it.
Certainly, Cam hasn't been perfect. His timing was off last night and he wasn't completely accurate on a lot of throws but a good WR should be able to adjust to a catchable but less-than-perfect ball placement to haul it in.
Also, Cam pretty correctly feels that he needs to do all he can to help the team win. The running game went largely nowhere as DeAngelo Williams could only put up 20 yards on eight carries. Stewie had 46 on 8 carries for a nice average, but he got stuffed for little to no gain on half his attempts. Cam got the team on the board with a 10 yard diving-to-the-pylon scramble and run on 3rd and goal as the pass rush got after him almost as soon as he received the shotgun snap.
And Cam is the PROBLEM? Folks, open your eyes willya? He's the only one making things HAPPEN on offense! He got decent protection on perhaps a handful of drop-backs; the rest of the time he was running for his life. Last night, his passes were generally on target or "close enough" that the target should have made the catch but didn't.
If you look at any given game where the offensive line isn't protecting the QB well, you're going to see a sub-par game from the QB. Look at the Super Bowl last year.
With the gifts the Saints' Drew Brees-led offense got last night, I'm surprised they only got 28 points. Both TDs in the first half were gifts, wrapped up in nice paper with a bow and they had to reach into their 4th down "trick or treat" bag for a third TD. Under those circumstances, the defense did as much as could be reasonably asked, I think.
I have been telling the fans (those that will listen) what's wrong with the team all year and the same things continue to be problem areas. Those are the offensive line and the defensive backfield.
Until those needs are addressed, don't expect the Panthers to play too much better than they did last night.
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Thursday, October 30, 2014
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
Saints -3 (49.5 O/U)
Two 10-4 juggernauts meet Sunday at Bank of America Stadium to decide the NFC South division champion. The Carolina Panthers host the New Orlean Saints in what looks to be a match between two titans. The high powered Saints’ offense will try to take their game outdoors and topple Carolina’s league leading defense. There is clearly a lot On the Line for both teams....This is like having an NFC South Championship game.
All Bets Are In:
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Wow, we should have won this game. We made so many crucial and self-inflicted errors. I LOVE Cam Newton, but he owes his team one here. His best play was him avoiding a safety. And his absolute worst, which was the difference in the game, was his zone-read fumble in the Red Zone. Points there, and we most likely win. The D did well today, but collapsed at the end.
There were some good things however: Norwell could Wally Pipp Amini at LG. He has a nasty streak and he is impressive. I also liked JSTEW, Thomas Davis, Kelvin Benjamin, and Josh Norman. And I really liked Rookie Tre Boston getting some action at Safety.
The worst of the day were Byron Bell and Nate Chandler and the absence of Greg Olsen. But when Cam falls short, so do we.
There were other crucial errors such as Bersin's fair-catching inside the 10 with non one near him, like committing pass-interference to extend drives, so on and so forth. But the bottom line is this team does not look like a team that has the belief that they are going to win. Last year we did, this year, not so much.
Now Panther Nation, root for the Packers and know that Thursday night's game is now a must win.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
Seattle -5.5 (45O/U)
The Carolina Panthers are a hard team to predict this season. You are not sure which team is going to show up from week to week. They have scored 20 points or less four times, and 20 points or more three times. Should you risk starting any Panthers players on your fantasy football team?
Friday, October 24, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
C3 Podcast: The crew breaks down the dumpster fire that was the Carolina Panthers game against the +Green Bay Packers. Sports Quotient's Anthony Nipert joins the Crew as a special guest to break down Carolina's match-up against the +Seattle Seahawks.
Three Things the Carolina Panthers Did Well
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sometimes you feel like you are in a bad dream about being in a car wreck. That is what today felt like. What makes things worse for me is this should not have happened. On that opening drive, we had them on a 3rd and 12. Then there was an off-sides penalty that the replay clearly shows that they jumped and not us. But we were penalized. Should have been 3rd and 17. Instead, 3rd and 7 and we then proceeded to shoot ourselves in the foot. We jumped off sides legitimately and made it 3rd and 2. Then Rodgers found Nelson for a 59 yard TD. Roman Harper wiffed and Nelson went the distance. Had it been 3rd and and 17 instead of 3rd and 2, this COULD have been a different game. Then in the 2nd half and we went for it on 4th and 1, I contend we clearly had that first down. Who knows what could have happened there. I'm not saying we would have won, but we should not have been blown out. Cam was off early, and to only have 5 yards in the Q1 is inexcusable. And was that Ref seriously putting his hands on Luke and then kicking him out for it? Was he paid in cheese or what?
Yes, our first first down of the game came because of a penalty and the defense still looks like it doesn't know which team is the "bad guys" - the guys in the OTHER uniforms or the guys in the SAME uniforms.
Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers
Green Bay -6.5 (49.5 O/U)
Saturday, October 18, 2014
There will be a reunion this Sunday when Julius Peppers and the Green Packers meet the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field. Julius Peppers or “The Freak of Nature” left the Carolina Panthers in the 2010 NFL season because he was being ignored about his contract.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Nobody would have thought that it would be the offense carrying a team with a struggling defense?
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
It's games like yesterday's Panthers-Bengals game that make me happy I don't have any siblings, especially not a sister.
The thought of having one AND kissing her isn't something that (thankfully) enters my mind much - only on occasions like this.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
My knee-jerk reaction to the tie in Cincinnati is one of hope and pride. Here's why: I picked us to actually lose this game today as I did not feel optimistic about playing a ticked-off and talented Bengal team. Yes, they did not have AJ Green but they are still very talented and to me Giovanni Bernard is the most important player on that offense. When he has a big game, they are real tough to beat. He had a big game and set us back on our heels. So I felt like I was playing with house-money in this one. But when we went down the field in that opening drive and looked dominant doing so, my internal optimist came out. But I still knew that we would have to play a pretty flawless game to win this one. Which we did not do.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Sunday, the Carolina Panthers will attempt it when they venture to Cincinnati to take on the 3-1 Bengals. Cincinnati, who are 7 point favorites and have won 11 straight home games, are looking to wipe the egg of their face from the Patriots prime-time beating this past Sunday.
This is going to be a tough match-up for the Panthers. Cincinnati is good. Prior to Sunday, the Bengals defense allowed only 11 points per game. Cam Newton will need to be quick and decisive against this stifling defense because the Bengals defensive front is guaranteed to get pressure. Geno Atkins will get push up the middle on the youngins and Nate Chandler, given his performance so far, will be easy work for Carlos Dunlop.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
The Carolina Panthers are now on a one game winning streak after defeating the Chicago Bears this past Sunday! The Cardiac Cats had all of us shaking our heads in the first half, and on the edge of our seats in the second half. They were like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. According to Webster’s Dictionary, a winning streak is, “a streak of wins.” I might be getting too far ahead of myself, but the future is looking bright!
After this statement win, what three things did the Carolina Panthers do well?
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
Yesterday after the game was over and the Carolina Panthers defeated Ron Rivera's old stomping grounds, the Chicago Bears, I had posted to social media something along the lines of "That was about as ugly a win as I've seen, but they all count the same in the end."
Sunday, October 5, 2014
The Panthers were on the ropes for most of first half, but landed a solid counter-punch to end the round. The Panthers, cornerman Ron Rivera, will need to inspire some steely composure, toughness, and some fight before they tap gloves to start the second half.
According to Profootballreference.com
Too many times, announcers especially like to prop up the game they're calling by saying it's a "must-win game." The problem is, there ARE no "must-win games" in week TWO.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Justin Hardy hasn't really dominated any one game this season--until today. He's been important, but he hasn't been the only weapon on the ECU Pirates' high-powered offense. Hardy took over today, however, reminding that he's the Pirates' main weapon. Reigning in 8 catches for 120 and 3 TDs, he also continued his march toward breaking the FBS all-time reception record held by Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles (346). He's just 46 receptions away.
Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers
Panthers -2.5 (45.5 O/U)
Friday, October 3, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Three things the Carolina Panthers did well.
After reading the heading of this section, I am sure that you are confused and full of laughter. The Carolina Panthers played one of the worst games I have ever seen against the Baltimore Ravens this past Sunday. The Panthers lost 38-10 and Steve Smith Sr. got his revenge. Steve Smith Sr. was let go from the Panthers because of his age, but he played like he was fresh out of college. Smith finished the day with 7 receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns. The Carolina Panthers scored 10 points so they had to do something good to get into the end zone right?
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
We've seen the Carolina Panthers get off to a good 0-2 start, but ole Riverboat Ron had patented slow starts long ago, and let's face it. This time last year, we were 1-3, so things aren't quite so bad as they may seem in some ways.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
9/28/2014 Carolina Panthers vs. Baltimore Ravens box score at Pro-Football-Reference.com