The Panthers are the freshest they will be for a long time after their bye week. They now face up to an eleven game schedule that will define the future direction of this franchise. No team wants to be winless at this point in an NFL season. The Panthers haven’t been perfect by any means, but there are positives to be taken from their performances.
This Sunday sees the San Francisco 49ers (1-5) visiting Bank of America Stadium, a team who similarly has had their fair share of critics recently. Like the Panthers, Mike Singletary’s team will not quit despite their poor start. Most so-called experts will pass over this game as an afterthought, a duel between two teams destined to have top ten draft picks and more questions than answers in the long term.
I beg to differ.
I expect a physical contest and a very close game. Here are the three ups and three downs for the Panthers coming off their bye week.