Cam Newton's Carolina Panthers took care of business against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football last week, but they are already thinking about a Week 13 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs have lost eight straight games and are in the midst of a 1-10 season, after which it is almost certain to get the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. However, the team has not given up, and many players are fighting for pride, as well as for a job next year.
With both teams set to make major changes at the end of the season, we will see two teams duke it out to keep their jobs.
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Sunday, December 2 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL.com
Betting Line: Carolina -1 (Vegas)
Carolina Injury Report (via Yahoo! as of Nov. 13, 2012)
|Steve Smith WR||Probable||Finger|
|Ron Edwards DT||Probable||Not injury-related|
|Antwan Applewhite DE||Out||Hamstring|
Kansas City Injury Report (via Yahoo! as of Nov. 13, 2012)
|Tony Moeaki TE||Probable||Shoulder, back|
|Ryan Lilja G||Questionable||Knee|
|Dwayne Bowe WR||Probable||Neck, back|
|Jon Baldwin WR||Probable||Head, neck|
|Jon Asamoah G||Questionable||Thumb|
|Branden Albert T||Doubtful||Back|
What's At Stake?
As I said before, both teams are going to undergo a serious transformation over the offseason, and now coaches, players and more are fighting for their jobs.
Both teams also want to ease the pain of their respective fanbases after putting on such pitiful performances.
Carolina QB Cam Newton
Newton is coming off a monster game against Philadelphia, tallying an incredible 37 points, courtesy of two passing and two rushing touchdowns.
Newton is hot right now, and will look to continue his success against a Chiefs teams that will likely struggle to contain his versatility.
Newton is the best player on this team by far, and he is just about the only player worth starting this week.
Predicted Stats: 27-of-41, 258 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 54 rushing yards (21 points)
Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles
Carolina's run defense is awful, allowing 126.2 rushing yards per game.
Charles is an elite running back, and if you have him you're starting him. Simple as that.
Predicted Stats: 18 carries, 92 yards, 1 TD (15 points)
What They Are Saying
All of a sudden it became a big deal that Charles asked for Peyton Manning's autograph after a loss to the Denver Broncos, and now that seems to be all anyone is talking about when it comes to the Chiefs.
Chiefs' Jamaal Charles asked for Peyton Manning's autograph after loss to Broncos: usatoday.com/story/gameon/2…
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 27, 2012
— NFL Football News (@NFL_Football) November 27, 2012
Key Matchup: Can Kansas City Contain Cam Newton?
Newton is a unique player in his versatility. He is as mobile a quarterback as any in the league, but he also brings with him a huge frame that is very difficult to tackle, and a great arm as well.
KC can barely handle second-rate quarterbacks when all they have to worry about is the pass, but now it must face a dynamic player who could run all over them on Sunday.
Carolina is coming off a big win, whereas the Chiefs haven't tasted victory in over two months. The Panthers have been playing much better than the Chiefs as of late, and with Newton likely to have a big game I expect the Panthers to escape in a close one.
Predicted Score: Carolina 20, Kansas City 17