5 Reasons to Be Optimistic About the Carolina Panthers in 2012

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5 Reasons to Be Optimistic About the Carolina Panthers in 2012
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Good times lie ahead.

Optimism. Until your team plays a game, it can be the most beautiful thing in the world.

The Carolina Panthers closed out the 2011 season by winning four of their final six contests. They enter 2012 as one of the league's chick picks to go dark-horse candidate on us all.

What reasons do we have to look at the Panthers with such exquisite optimism?

There are plenty, more than can be contained in a few simple slides.

We're going to cover the major ones, including a few that have you subscribing to the Panthers Team Stream here at Bleacher Report to begin with.

Glass half-full types. Click ahead to find out why it's going to be a special year for the Carolina Panthers.

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