The Carolina Panthers have put together a fantastic season thus far, they're on a 10-0 undefeated streak and have won their last 14 regular season games. This team is primed for a perfect season.
Or so you would have thought. Apparently all that winning will come to an end this Thursday against the 3-7 Dallas Cowboys, if you believe Vegas that is.
The oddsmakers have the Panthers as a 1-point underdog going into Dallas on Thursday's Thanksgiving game. That's right, the undefeated team is the underdog.
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This is hugely disrespectful to a Panthers team that deserves, no, commands our respect.
When Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was asked in his Monday press conference about the odds, he responded by saying:
"Well, you know, quite honest, it's nothing we haven't seen before...It is a little disrespectful I guess but you know, apparently they know something we don't."
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Apparently they do, because looking at it from my position I see an average, at best, Cowboys teams going up against arguably the best team in the league.
The Panthers are as close to a complete team as it comes.
They have the NFL's fourth-ranked defence that seemingly never allows teams in the red-zone, which can rush the passer, tackle ball carriers, and grab a whole host of takeaways. A legitimate argument can be made that Carolina has the most complete defence in the entire league.
The offence goes where Cam Newton goes and every week he ascends expectations and improves. Newton is on pace to be the only quarterback that will pass for 25-touchdowns and run for 10, that stat alone proves how much he contributes to this Panthers offence.
The buck doesn't stop there as Greg Olson is a consistent performer, Jonathon Stewart has really caught fire over the past few weeks and rookie receiver Devin Funchess is starting to get involved in the offence more, giving Cam a big bodied target downfield.
All over the field, the Panthers have talent making plays, many of the names aren't big time players, but everyone is contributing and causing havoc in their own special way.
The fact that the Cowboys are favourited shows how quickly people have bought into the Dallas Cowboys hype, that will no doubt leave people disappointed come January.
Mark my words, short week or not, in Dallas or not, there is no way the Dallas Cowboys can get a win over the Panthers on Thursday because the Panthers are a runaway freight train that is driving straight to the Super Bowl.
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