Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Super Bowl 50: Inside the Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers are set to appear in their second Super Bowl in franchise history, and come into Super Bowl 50 a 5.5 point favorite over the Denver Broncos. No doubt this Panthers squad is much more talented and better than the one that lost Super Bowl XXXVIII to the New England Patriots in 2003.  For one, they have the better quarterback coming into this Super Bowl in Cam Newton, and they have a defense that can shutdown anybody any given Sunday.

Defensively the Panthers are pure ball-hawks. From a secondary led by Kurt Coleman, Josh Norman to outstanding linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, the Panthers lead the NFL in takeaways with 39, and turnover margin +20. In the playoffs the Panthers bury both the Seahawks and Cardinals thanks in big part to their defense.

Offensively, Newton is going to win an MVP award, and he can thank he offensive line for that. The Panthers beat people up front, a big reason why Newton not only has put up outstanding numbers, but running back Jonathan Stewart enjoyed a renaissance campaign in 2015. While the Panthers don't blow people away at wide receiver with the likes of tight end Greg Olsen, and receivers Ted Ginn Jr. and Jerhico Cotchery, all of them have enjoyed big seasons because Netwon has elevated their play throughout the year.

Below is a further breakdown of the Panthers Super Bowl chances in a pod cast I did with Brian Beversluis of Cat Scratch Reader, a subsidiary of SB Nation. Enjoy the show. On Wednesday, I will talk with Kirk Michael Davis of Bronco Planet.



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