If there isn't a little extra juice in the Panthers this week, there may never be.
At 1-6, Carolina is past back-to-the-wall time. But coming off a game in which it played well enough to beat a then 5-1 Chicago team, that desperation should also have a little confidence mixed in. Desperation and a dash of confidence can be a dangerous mix for an NFL team.
And what about the slumping Cam Newton? You better believe he knows who the quarterback will be on the other sidelines Sunday. Robert Griffin III has stolen every bit of thunder he had last season, but he can take some of it back in RG3's backyard.
Maybe that factor will make Newton press more, or maybe it spawns his best performance of 2012. We'll see. But for the umpteenth time this season, I'll be stupidly rolling with the Panthers in an upset this week.