Patriots have lucked out
- By getting to play the Panthers. I do think the Panthers are the
best team in a woeful conference. The only game of their last 4
that was impressive was the St. Louis game. The last game of the
regular season the Panthers beat the pitiful Giants 37-24 (doesn't
seem like a great defense to me). The Cowboys held their
running "attack" to 3.1 yds per carry. Pourous Philly run defense
held it to 3.8 yards per carry. Deshaun Foster has a 3.8 yards per
carry average, injured Stephen Davis is 4.5. Antonwan Smith in the
past month (against some poor run defenses) has averaged better than
either of them.
If Panthers have such a great D-Line why do the Patriots have more
sacks? (41 vs. 40). The only part of their game that is better is
the punting and FG are even.
The Panthers have been beating teams that were beaten by others the
week before: Saints beat the Cowboys, before the Panthers. Lions
beat the Rams before the Panthers.
So I like this talk of how formidable the Panthers are vs. the
Patriots. When Patriots win in a blowout it will stand up as a much
more impressive victory.