When you look at the Panthers' record through the first half of the season, it doesn't seem out of line with preseason predictions. Most, without knowing the fine details of each game to this point, would assume that the team got lucky a couple times, but they're still in a lump of trouble for the second half of the schedule.
That's not the case though. Cam Newton has revived the franchise, and the resounding feeling is that the Panthers are possibly the best 2-6 football team we have seen in recent memory. They have the franchise quarterback, they have the offensive weapons and they have the defensive talent—but much of it is sitting on the sidelines.
It's easy to be discouraged by another close loss to the Vikings, but here's some second half predictions to get your hopes up for the next eight weeks.