5 Biggest Media Misconceptions About Carolina Panthers

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5 Biggest Media Misconceptions About Carolina Panthers
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Steve Smith (89) needs a veteran No. 2 receiver to line up across the field...or does he?

The Carolina Panthers are an NFL team on the rise, ready to challenge for NFC South supremacy and make a run for the playoffs in just the second year of the Cam Newton-Ron Rivera era, or at least that is what Panthers players like Steve Smith and the media would have you believe.

But the Panthers are a run-first team, right? And running teams are a thing of the past in today's high-flying NFL.

Plus, Carolina needs a reliable, big-play No. 2 receiver to play opposite Steve Smith and they do not yet have one on their roster.

And there is no way Cam Newton will stay healthy all season because he is a run-first quarterback.

To top it all off, the Panthers lack what every playoff-bound team needs in the NFL—a reliable home field advantage.

These are all prevailing thoughts among Panthers fans built upon media speculation, local and national sports talk radio, and articles and blogs on this site, the Charlotte Observer and CatScratchReader.com.

But much of what we believe to be facts are just opinions and misconceptions based upon what we have read, heard and discussed on golf courses, in tap houses and in barber shops across the Carolinas.

Have no worries, though, because the truth will set you free, and I am here to dispel the most predominant myths about the 2012 Carolina Panthers.

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