April 1, 2023

For your own health, never play against the Carolina Panthers

Beware of playing after playing the Panthers.

Beware of playing after enjoying the Panthers.
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The Carolina Panthers are not a fantastic workforce. They are 1 of the worst teams in the NFL in truth. They’re trotting out a former XFL quarterback as their starter. They dropped Christian McCaffrey and Robbie Anderson. They really don’t utilize DJ Moore. They are one particular of only two teams to have undergone a head coaching adjust this 12 months. They’re near the base of the league in complete offense, overall protection, and passer rating. Still, somehow, enjoying them in 2022 is undesirable information for your long term.

See, this time, every team to have played the Carolina Panthers has lost the subsequent week. In Week 1, the Baker Mayfield revenge recreation was thwarted by the Cleveland Browns and Jacoby Brissett. The Browns wound up losing to Joe Flacco and the New York Jets in 7 days 2. The loss was devastating as Cleveland led by two scores with a minute and a half to go in the match. In 7 days 2, the New York Giants defeat the Panthers 19-16. In Week 3, they dropped their residence opener to the Dallas Cowboys. In Week 4, the Saints lost to Minnesota. The Cardinals lost to Philadelphia the pursuing 7 days. The 49ers should’ve had an quick gain in opposition to Atlanta in 7 days 6. Marcus Mariota had a person of the very best game titles of his vocation as they trounced San Fran, 28-14. You’d consider the Rams would be protected for the reason that they played Carolina in 7 days 6 and experienced a bye Week 7, but the instant Los Angeles returned to the field, even with a nicely-rested squad, they couldn’t stay clear of the curse. The 49ers demolished them.

Opponents are -9 this season in game titles straight away following a matchup with the Panthers. In 7 days 11, there are two groups on the chopping block: the Falcons and the Bengals. The Bengals played Carolina two weeks ago, but their bye was 7 days 10. The Falcons participate in Chicago and the Bengals play in Pittsburgh.

Chicago-Atlanta is a activity that could go possibly way. Confident, Justin Fields has been pink hot, but the Falcons feel to be a staff that just doesn’t go absent. They battle and scrap and as prolonged as Marcus Mariota plays decently, Atlanta stays close and at times pulls out wins they are not supposed to. On the other aspect, the Bengals definitely ought to not shed to Pittsburgh. Tennessee Titans’ jogging back Derrick Henry has as several passing touchdowns as Steelers’ quarterback Kenny Pickett. The Bengals are perfectly-rested and although they are enjoying on the street, the Bengals are objectively a a lot better team. That reported, Pittsburgh has beaten Cincinnati once already this calendar year, thanks to 4 interceptions from Joe Burrow. Which is the only sport that Burrow has at any time thrown four interceptions in. You cannot assume that exact same type of great fortune through turnovers if you are the Steelers, and looking at that Cincinnati continue to took Pittsburgh to extra time in that activity is indicative of how substantially the Steelers need bounces to go their way in buy to occur absent with a victory.

So, if the curse is genuine and there is in actuality some voodoo lady in Raleigh with a factor for instant retribution for standing up from her Panthers, which groups benefit the most and the very least? Effectively, of course, any group that performs a quite powerful team immediately after the Panthers would be grateful the curse is wasted on a match they probably would’ve shed irrespective. The Denver Broncos participate in in Baltimore Week 13 following playing Carolina in 7 days 12. The Seahawks perform the Panthers in 7 days 14 and then get their 2nd matchup towards San Francisco. The 49ers currently gained their very first matchup, so Seattle probably isn’t too thrilled about heading into the match that could establish the division winner with an more handicap. So, with that said, I believe the 49ers are the greatest beneficiaries, even if they by now experienced the curse before this year.

I consider the group that has to be the most upset although are the Detroit Lions. Yeah, they’re not excellent, but they have won two straight divisional video games. Even if they cannot reach the playoffs, Lions’ fans would enjoy the opportunity to revel in the reality that they swept equally the Bears and Packers in the exact time. Well, guess who the Lions play straight away just after struggling with Carolina in Week 16. That is suitable, the Chicago Bears. Thankfully, this recreation will be in Detroit, but if the curse is indeed genuine, then it won’t make any difference. Detroit will drop that recreation and then go into Week 18 without having any momentum for their closing recreation of the period against… you guessed it! The Inexperienced Bay Packers. Which is challenging sledding.

Fortunately, this curse should not have any outcome on the playoffs. The Panthers participate in the Saints in the closing weeks of the year, and barring any miraculous turnaround, the Saints won’t be taking part in that mid-January rumble. They’re very last in the NFC South and however have to facial area the 49ers, Bucs, Deshaun Watson-led Browns, and Eagles, all of which will be on the street. If by some miracle the Saints do make it to the postseason however, be all set for disappointment in the Bayou. It will not be a Cinderella tale for prolonged.