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After moving for money, Captain Munne personalized NFL football merchandise rlyn is “back home”

Set to face his former team th custom womens vikings jersey is weekend, the feisty cornerback explains why he left for Minnesota – and then returned.

CHARLOTTE – Before he began to carve out what’s become a nine-year NFL career, Captain Munnerlyn nearly went undrafted. 215 players went off the board before the Panthers picked the diminutive cornerback in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. 

But as much as Munnerlyn appreciates the place that gave him his start, sometimes money talks. Such was the case in the spring of 2014 when, after making just under $4 million in his first five seasons, Munnerlyn bolted to Minnesota when the Vikings offered to triple that number over just three years. 

“That was my first time really getting paid, so to be honest with you, it was like, ‘No, I was going for it,’” Munnerlyn recalled Wednesday when asked if he ever regretted leaving Carolina. “I’m just going to be honest. I was like, ‘Man, they’re offering me this? Yes! I’m going to get paid.’ 

“So it wasn’t a regret. The only thing I regret is playing in the cold weather.” 

Munnerlyn, who will face his former Vikings teammates this weekend with his once former-turned-current Panthers teammates, spent his first two seasons up north playing home games at the University of Minnesota. One of those was Carolina’s 2014 trip that featured a game-time temperature of 12 degrees with a wind-chill factor of minus-15. That’s a bit much for anyone, but especially for a guy from Mobile, Al. 

The Vikings moved inside the sparkling U.S. Bank Stadium last year, but when they tried to resign Munnerlyn this offseason, he felt a strong pull south. 

“I wanted to be back home, so I left some money out there,” Munnerlyn revealed. 

“When you leave millions of dollars on the table, it’s definitely a tough decision. But at the same time, Charlotte was  custom vikings jersey my home.” 

For the Panthers, the fit made too much sense not to make happen. Those three seasons without Munnerlyn were a struggle to find a suitable replacement at nickel back. 

“So we figured why not just bring the guy back that has that kind of ability?’” head coach Ron Rivera said. 

But the reunion hasn’t been all sunshine and sweet tea since Munnerlyn signed a four-year deal to return to Carolina in March. He’s been frustrated by a part-time role forged mostly by the Panthers’ desire to get third-year linebacker Shaq Thompson more snaps. So is there a part Custom Womens Patriots Jersey  of Munnerlyn that wishes he had stayed in Minnesota where he may be playing more and making more money? 

“I wouldn’t say (I’m) second-guessing it, but at the  Custom Womens Steelers Jersey same time, it’s a decision that I made and I have to stick with it,” he said. 

What little patience Munnerlyn had looks like it’ll pay off this week. Thompson is dealing with what Rivera thinks is plantar fasciitus, an injury that will likely keep him out against the Vikings. 

“I know (Munnerlyn’s) frustration of not getting as many snaps as he’d like,” Rivera said. “Well, sometimes you say, ‘Be careful what you ask for cause you’re about to get a whole bunch.’”

Sunday in the slot, Munnerlyn will see doses of dynamic wideout Stephon Diggs, who Munnerlyn likens to Steve Smith and Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown, and Adam Thielen, whose rise from special teams to top-10 in both receptions and receiving yards is one of the league’s best stories. 

“I was like, ‘Who is this guy?’ when I first got there,” Munnerlyn said. “I knew he was going to be a player. He’s very special; he runs great routes, he’s got great hands.”

Which is much nicer than the things Munnerlyn said about his current team’s No. 1 wide receiver when the Vikings played in Charlotte last season. 

“(Devin) Funchess, we weren’t worried about him. It was Kelvin Benjamin,” Munnerlyn said after Funchess was held without a catch during that Week 3 loss. “Me personally, I don’t think he is that good, No. 17 (Funchess). So we weren’t really worried about him.”

Not surprisingly, Munnerlyn’s changed his tune about his teammate. But he isn’t apologizing. 

“I’ve got to stick with my words. That’s how I felt at the time, so I don’t regret it,” he said. “But right now he’s definitely playing great, he’s our No. 1 receiver, he’s playing lights out and I’m expecting great things from him for the next four games.”

That may not be easy Sunday if the Vikings put top cornerback Xavier Rhodes on Funchess, which Munnerlyn expects. But the Panthers have plenty of other things to worry about on the cornerback’s side of the ball. 

Money may not have talked this spring, but the Panthers brought Munnerlyn back to fill a void. Now he can help pay them back. 

“To come back here was a no-brainer for me. I still have my house here, and this was the organization that drafted me, that gave me the opportunity to play the game that I love,” Munnerlyn said. 

“I’m here for the long run Custom Womens Eagles Jersey , and we’ve got a long season to go still.” 

Cam Newton knows what he’s  Toronto Blue Jays MLB Jersey up against this week

Quarterback Cam Newton made it clear the offense must be at its best against the visiting Vikings, who boast arguably the top defense in the NFL.

CHARLOTTE – Quarterback Cam Newto Kevin Pillar Jersey n needs no reminder of the quality of Minnesota’s defense, but the stat sheet takes care of that.

In 2017, the Vikings rank:

– 2nd in total yards allowed per game (289.1)

– 2nd in points allowed per game (17.0)

– 1st in third down efficiency (27.2%)

– 2nd in  Josh Donaldson Jersey rushing yards allowed per game (77.7)

The film study reveals a defense that is as good as the numbers suggest.

“They are very, very comfortable in their scheme,” Newton said. “When you are playing a team like this, as far as how they disguise, how fast they play, how they rally to the football – you just have to make sure that you are on your ‘A’ game and firing on all cylinders.”

Newton and Co. certainly didn’t have their “A” game in last week’s loss against the Saints, who took sole possession of first place in the division. The task only gets tougher this week against a Vikings team that boasts a defense wide receiver Russell Shepard characterized as “the best the Panthers have seen from top to bottom.”

Newton’s film study surely included a review of last year’s meeting with Minnesota, and while things often change in the NFL from year to year, the Vikings defense looks awfully similar.

Aside from cornerback Captain Munnerlyn – who obviously left Minnesota to rejoin the Panthers  Toronto Blue Jays MLB Baseball Merchandise – every member of the Vikings’ starting lineup from that Week 3 matchup a year ago is still on the team.

And that matchup didn’t go very well for the Panthers, especially Newton, who was sacked eight times and tossed three interceptions in the 22-10 defeat at Bank of America Stadium.

“We still want to attack those guys,” Newton said. “They exploited some mismatches we had last year and they got after the quarterback – myself – a lot. I have to do Custom Blue Jays Jersey  a better job of getting the ball out of my hands, and I plan on doing that and just having a better plan this year.

“We have to be very alert with everything that they are throwing at us. We just have to have answers for it.”

The Vikings throw a lot of pressures at oppos Toronto Blue Jays ing offenses, and as Newton said, one of the solutions to that problem is getting the ball out quickly.

Another answer is staying out of negative plays on first- and second-down, which is easier said than done against disruptive defensive linemen Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter (12 and six sacks respectively) and athletic linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks (seven and five tackles for loss respectively).

Knowing that points will be hard to come by, playing clean, field-position football is imperative this week.

“Both teams have good defenses. Both are aggressive defenses,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “Offensively, we both want to try to run the football a Joe Carter Jersey nd control the clock. This is going to be a field position battle. It’s probably one of the most obvious statements I’m making.”

Another obvious statement is the importance of home field for the Panthers during this critical three-game stretch Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey  as teams make or break their plans for the postseason.

“It’s rather nice,” Newton said of playing the next three at home. “We just have to keep that as being our edge, playing in front of our fans and giving them things to cheer about – making sure we’re holding up our end of the bargain.”

Greg Olsen returns without limitat Toronto Blue Jays MLB Jersey ions

Pro Bowl tight end on schedule to play Sunday against the Vikings without a “pitch count.”

CHARLOTTE – Greg Olsen sat out the entire week of practice leading up to the Saints game but was back without limitations Wednesday, a sure sign that the P Kevin Pillar Jersey ro Bowl tight end and his surgically repaired foot should be ready to return to Joe Carter Jersey  game action Sunday when the Vikings visit.

“It’s very important mostly because it kind of lets everybody know what’s happening as far as what we can do with Greg, what Greg is capable of,” head coach Ron Rivera said, adding that Olsen wouldn’t be  Custom Blue Jays Jersey on any sort of “pitch count” in terms of snaps.

“I think it also helps (offensive coor Toronto Blue Jays MLB Baseball Merchandise dinator) Mike (Shula) in terms of game planning and the plays that he can start prepping and getting ready to call.”

Olsen, a  Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey key  Josh Donaldson Jersey component to Carolina’s offensive efficiency, suffered a broken foot in Week 2 and was placed on injured reserve. He returned as quickly as is allowed by IR rules – starting in Week 12 against the Jets  Toronto Blue Jays – but he played just one snap in the second half because of soreness in the foot.

Olsen then sat out practice last week and didn’t play in Sunday’s showdown at the Saints, Rivera saying the team didn’t want to push it on the Superdome’s artificial turf. Now the Panthers – and Olsen – are set to open a three-game homestand on Bank of America Stadium’s natural grass surface.

Center Ryan Kalil was limited in practice Wednesday, just like he was throughout Jets week before ultimately being inactive. Tyler Larsen (foot) missed practice, just as he did last Wednesday when he started against the Jets. Running back Jonathan Stewart (foot) and wide receiver Kaelin Clay (shoulder) also sat out practice.

On defense, Rivera said he was “a bit concerned” about linebacker Shaq Thompson, who came out before ultimately returning against the Saints with a foot injury initially suffered against the Jets. Rivera said he believes Thompson has plantar fasciitis and indicated that nickel corner Captain Munnerlyn will continue to get more reps in practice and “will probably play a little bit more Sunday because of Shaq’s situation.”

Linebacker Thomas Davis (hamstring) was limited in practice, but a pair of offensive weapons saddled with shoulder injuries – running back Christian McCaffrey and wide receiver Devin Funchess – fully participated.

Around the Montreal Canadiens 100 Classic  NFC South: Saints seize edge

New Orleans retook the division lead at the Panthers’ expe Brendan Gallagher Jersey Womens nse but face the close-behind Falc Jonathan Drouin Jersey ons two of the next three weeks.

Last Sunday, the Panthers had reason to thank the V Max Pacioretty Jersey ikings.

That NHL All Star ‘s clearly not the case this Sunday.

Before the Saints and Panthers squared off for the NFC South lead in the late afternoon window, the Vikings knocked off the F Montreal Canadiens Ice Hockey Jersey alcons to assure that no matter what happened in New Orleans, Atlanta would remain in third place in the division heading to the final four weeks.

So despite the Panthers’ loss, Carolina (8-4) remains ahead of Atlanta (7-5) and in playoff position. To remain there, the Panthers now have to solve the Vikings, who will arrive at Bank of America Stadium as winners of eight straight.

The non-Panthers game of most interest to Panthers fans this week is for sure the Thursday nighter, when the Falcons host the Saints – the first of two meetings in a three-week span.

SAINTS: Not too much to add to what’s already been written about New Orleans seizing control of the division. The Saints (10-3) not only lead Carolina by one game after beating them 31-21; they also hold and cannot lose the tiebreaker if the Panthers end up pulling even with them. Another way to look at it: If the Saints go 3-1 the rest of the way, they win the division regardless of what anybody else does.

FALCONS: Atlanta, however, could still have something to say about it because it still has two shots at the Saints – beginning Thursday. The Falcons had been flying, having responded to a stretch of four losses in five games with a three-game winn Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 92 Jonathan Drouin Authentic Home Red NHL Hockey Jersey Cheap ing streak. They were again grounded, however, by a Vikings team that ended Matt Ryan’s streak of 30 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass in a 14-9 triumph.

If the Falcons take care of the Buccaneers in between the Saints showdowns and knock off New Orleans once, then a lot could be on the line when Atlanta hosts Carolina on the final Sunday of the regular season. That, however, is no simple task.

BUCCANEERS: Tampa Bay got quarterback Jameis Winston back after a three-game absence, but the Buccaneers couldn’t take care of a Packers team trying to survive with backup Brett Hundley under center. Green Bay had just 22 sacks all season before getting to Winston seven times, helping the Packers rally to a 26-20 victory in overtime.

The Buccaneers at 4-8 are (barely) mathematically alive for a playoff berth, but the other “Bay” is more intriguing along those lines. If Green Bay beats the Browns t Brendan Gallagher Jersey his week, the Packers could come to Charlotte next week with Aaron Rodgers back under center and a rally into playoff position still possible.

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My Montreal Canadiens 100 Classic  Take: Jerry and Jake

Team photographer Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez talks about capturing photos of Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson before kickoff against the Saints.

Panthers Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson, does not always travel to away games, but when he does I try to get as many as photos as possible of him Brendan Gallagher Jersey  interacting with guests, players and  Max Pacioretty Jersey Panthers staff. I was given notice that he would be traveling to the game in New Orleans and I was as Montreal Canadiens Ice Hockey Jersey ked to take a few photos of him with guests on the sideline before kickoff. When he arrived, I saw his cart make its way to the New Orleans bench, presumably  Brendan Gallagher Jersey Womens to meet with team owner Tom Benson. Seeing the owner of a team out on the field is not always a given at a game, but seeing two of them sitting side by side having a conversation warr Jonathan Drouin Jersey anted me running across the field to make sure I got a few photos.

Richardson, Benson and Benson’s wife, Gayle, sat closely, leaning in to speak to one another. The Saints’ team photographer was nearby taking the same photos because these types of images are important for all clubs to have.

Once he finished visiting with the Bensons, Richardson made his way to the Panthers’ bench, visiting with players along the way. I enjoy capturing interaction between Richardson and players because they provide genuine moments of mutual respect.

When the Panthers travel to New Orleans, there is an additional presence that I am always aware of and that is of former quarterback and Louisiana native Jake Delhomme. When Richardson reached the Panthers’ sideline, Delhomme was the first person he embraced.

It is obvious to see how much respect and admiration resides between these two men.

It was incredibly evident when Delhomme’s wife and two daughters joined them on the sidelines. Richardson greeted Delhomme’s family as if they were his own. After posing for a photo, they all chatted for a while. I kept my camera up and kept s Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 92 Jonathan Drouin Authentic Home Red NHL Hockey Jersey Cheap hooting. I don’t know what was being said, but at one point Richardson was saying something to Delhomme’s youngest daughter, making her and her sister laugh. In the midst of the laughs, you can see Delhomme looking at Richardson with such admiration and love.

Sometimes you get lucky with photos with perfect timing and preparation. Other times, like this, you get lucky by having people to photograph who effortlessly crea NHL All Star  NHL 100 Classic Celebration te meaningful moments.

Panthers’ next opponent Montreal Canadiens 100 Classic  rolling with “a feisty dude”

Case Keenum has gone from out of a job to starting quarterback of the NFL’s hottest team.

CHARLOTTE – He’s the quarterback of the NFL’s hottest team, the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Month who has led his team to a four-game lead in its division. But Case Keenum still hasn’t done enough to be named Minnesota’s starter for the rest of the season. 

And that fits the script perfectly. 

“Prior to OTAs, he didn’t have a single call,” said Panthers wideout Russell Shepard, who has worked out with Keenum the past few summers in Houston, their hometown. 

After four uninspiring seasons with three different teams, Keenum, 29, found himself unemployed this spring. Then Minnesota went shopping for insurance. 

“The Vikings called him last minute and, from what he was telling me, a camp body, an extra body knowing they had injuries at quarterback with Teddy (Bridgewater) still being hurt and not knowing how Sam (Bradford) was going to come out,” Shepard said. “Just to see him kind of take off, it’s one of those crazy stories.”

In hindsight, it’s not all that surprising Keenum found playing time in Minnesota. Bridgewater, who missed all of 2016 with a serious knee injury, was expected to miss half of the season, and the Vikings weren’t sure how long they could depend on Bradford, who had twice torn his left ACL. 

But even with hindsight, it’s still wild how the story has played out. 

Keenum did lit Brendan Gallagher Jersey tle to change perceptions in his first three starts, going 1-2 in Weeks 2-4 after Bradford lit it up in Week 1 but was then si Jonathan Drouin Jersey delined by a knee injury. But ever since Keenum replaced a badly hobbled Bradford against the NHL 100 Classic Celebration  Bears in Week 5, the Vikings haven’t lost. They Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 92 Jonathan Drouin Authentic Home Red NHL Hockey Jersey Cheap ’ve reeled off eight straight wins, and even though Bridgewater was cleared to return in mid-November, he’s remained on the sideline. That’s because it’s impossible to bench a quarterba Montreal Canadiens Ice Hockey Jersey ck as hot as Keenum. 

In four games with Bridgewater breathing down his neck, Keenum has completed 80 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns, two interceptions and a 124.1 passer rating. The latest chapter came Sunday in Atlanta when he threw two touchdowns and went 25-of-30 while completing his final 15 throws. 

“I think I heard someone say that Case Keenum is doing a great job of managing their off Brendan Gallagher Jersey Womens  NHL All Star ense,” Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks recalled. “I quickly said, ‘He’s not managing the offense. He’s running the offense.’”

Lightly recruited out of high school, Keenum had just one scholarship offer. And according to Shepard, that opened up only because Robert Griffin III turned down the University of Houston for Baylor. But while at Houston, Keenum rewrote record books, becoming the NCAA’s all-time leader in total passing yards, touchdowns, and completions.

Still, few NFL teams were interested in a 6-foot quarterback whose numbers were boosted at a school with a history of players who put up gaudy numbers before flaming out in the pros. So Keenum went undrafted, and through his first f Max Pacioretty Jersey our seasons, it sure looked like scouts didn’t miss much. 

Before getting that call from the Vikings, Keenum was 9-15 as a starter. That included an 0-8 run with the Texans in 2013 and a 4-5 mark as Jared Goff’s caretaker with the Rams last season. And maybe that’s why many are waiting for the other shoe to drop in Minnesota. 

“People don’t have high expectations for him,” Shepard said. 

“When you don’t have the résumé that certain guys have, nobody really wants to give you the credit when things go good. They want to give you credit when things go bad, but they don’t want to give you credit when things go good.”

With the Panthers in the thick of a playoff chase, they’re obviously hoping that shoe will drop this weekend. But if you want to take it from one undrafted guy about another, the Vikings are more than just a stingy defense. 

“We’re like the misfits. We’re like the rugrats,” said Shepard, who went undrafted out of LSU. 

“I know the challenges of being the guy that’s undrafted, a guy that expectations aren’t high for. You don’t have the physical skillset that a first-round pick has or the franchise guy has, but when you can stay in this league and do it, it says something about your physical skillset and your mentality. He’s a feisty dude, man. I’m not surprised at all.”


Panthers s Montreal Canadiens 100 Classic ign Spencer Paysinger, put Jared Norris on IR

With linebacker and special teams contributor Jarred Norris sidelined by calf injury, Carolina adds veteran replacement.

CHARLOTTE – The Panthers h Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 92 Jonathan Drouin Authentic Home Red NHL Hockey Jersey Cheap ave placed linebacker Jared Norris on injured reserve with a calf injury and signed linebacker Spencer Paysinger to take his place on the active roster and fill in on special teams.

The Jets released Paysinger prior to the s NHL 100 Classic Celebration tart of the season, and he has not yet played  NHL All Star in 2017. The former undrafted free agent from Oregon spent his first four  Jonathan Drouin Jersey years with the Giants (2011- Brendan Gallagher Jersey Womens 14) befor Brendan Gallagher Jersey e tw Montreal Canadiens Ice Hockey Jersey o years with the Dolphins (2015-16). Paysinger played at least 14 games in each of  Max Pacioretty Jersey his six seasons, totaling 224 tackles.

Norris played in 11 games had three special teams tackles in his second season. He has not yet played a defensive snap in his career.

The Panthers also added undrafted rookie linebacker Richie Brown to fill the open spot on the practice squad. The spot was created when the Panthers elevated defensive end Zach Moore from the practice squad last week.

Snap Counts: Panthers at S Toronto Blue Jays MLB Jersey aints

The defensive line saw higher snap count numbers with Charles Johnson out.

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Name  Pos
 Offense Plays
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Tyler Larsen T 57 100 3 10
Trai Turner G 57 100 3 10
Andrew Norwell G 57 100 3 10
Matt Kalil T 57 100 3 10
 Toronto Blue Jays Daryl Williams T 57 100 2 7
Cam Newton QB 57 100
Ed Dickson TE 56 98 5 17
Devin Funchess WR 47 82 1 3
Christian McCaffrey RB 40 70
Russell Shepard WR 32 56 10 34
Kaelin Clay WR 25 44 6 21
Damiere Byrd WR 23 40 2 7
Jonathan Stewart RB 22 39
Chris Manhertz TE 20 35 6 21
Brenton Bersin WR  Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 10 18 9 31
Alex Armah RB 6 11 14 48
Taylor Moton T 3 5 3 10
Fozzy Whittaker RB 1 2 15 52

– Damiere Byrd made his return from an arm injury, playing 23 snaps and making one catch for 12 yards.

– Christian McCaffrey had 40 offensive snaps, but di Kevin Pillar Jersey d not play a snap on special teams.

– Rus Josh Donaldson Jersey sell Shepard (32) had more snaps than Kaelin Clay (25), one week after Clay had more snaps than Shepard.

Name  Pos
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James Bradberry CB 64 100 11 38
Kurt Coleman FS 64 100 8 28
Luke Kuechly LB 64 100 7 24
Mike Adams SS 61 95 7 24
Kawann Short DT 46 72 7 24
Mario Addison DE 46 72 1 3
Shaq Thompson LB 45 70 11 38
Star Lotulelei DT 34 53 7 24
Julius Peppers Joe Carter Jersey  DE 33 52 8 28
David Custom Blue Jays Jersey  Mayo LB 32 50 23 79
Kevon Seymour CB 32 50 11 38
Kyle Love DT 31 48
Daryl Worley CB 29 45 8 28
Vernon Butler DT 26 41 6 21
Captain Munnerlyn CB 26 41
Thomas Davis LB 25 39 1 3
Wes Horton DE 24 38 4 14
Bryan Cox DE 22 34 2 7

– Mario Addison tied his season high with 46 snaps, while Julius Peppers had his second-most snaps since Week 4.

– Kevon Seymour (32) and Daryl Worley (29) had nearly identical number of snaps.

– David Mayo recorded 32 snaps in a rotation with Thomas Davis, who had 25 while managing a sore hamstring. It marked Davis’ fewest snaps this season.

– Bryan Cox, Jr. had a career-high 22 snaps as he was active for his third game this season.

Saints, mistakes derail Panth Toronto Blue Jays MLB Jersey ers’ hopes

New Orleans makes more plays, fewer mistakes to take over first pl Joe Carter Jersey ace in the NFC South, but good things are still there for the taking.

When breaking down his team’s loss in Sunday’s showdown for the NFC South lead, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera could p Toronto Blue Jays oint to a handful of plays.

But Rivera also pointed out that the Saints are a handful.

“Right now they’re real difficult to defend,” Rivera said after New Orleans racked up 400 yards of total offense on its way to a 31-21 victory at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

New Orleans’ offense in recent years has started (and sometimes stopped) with quarterback Drew Brees, but the future Hall of Famer again took a backseat to backfield mates Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, who combined to score three touchdowns, rush for 145 yards and catch 100 yards worth of Brees passes.

An already difficult task for the Panthers – on the road with some key players out of action – was made more difficult by a myriad of mistakes and bevy of bad breaks. But regardless of how the balance of the game-deciding plays went against the Panthers, the Saints were the better team on this day. As a result they’re in the best positon to capture the division title – up one game with four to play, and with the tiebreaker in hand after sweeping the season series.

Carolina entered the game 5-1 on the road, looking to become just the third team in franchise history to win six away from home. The Panthers will have  Custom Blue Jays Jersey another chance in the season finale in Atlanta, but first they’ll try to take advantage of the rare opportunity to play three consecutive home games. The stretch starts with a Week 14 visit by a Vikings team that wi Josh Donaldson Jersey ll arrive at Bank of America Stadium with an NFC-best mark of 10-2.

The Panthers know they must play better than they did against the Saints, and the good news is they know they can. Even Carolina’s stout run defense couldn’t control a Saints running game that came in clicking, leaving the Panthers to play close to a perfect game if they hoped to pull it out.

Carolina – and the circumstances of the game – were far from perfect.

With tight end Greg Olsen held out to give his surgically repaired/still sore foot another week to stren Toronto Blue Jays MLB Baseball Merchandise gthen, the offense couldn’t string enough drives together. With no Olsen to worry about, the Saints defense focused on recently hot wide receiver Devin Funchess and versatile rookie running back Christian McCaffrey. Both landed in the end zone Sunday but were held mostly under wraps otherwise.

With linebackers Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson slowed by injuries, the middle of the field was vulnerable and the Saints running backs were even more dangerous in open space. New Orleans’ running game took advantage, as did Brees with his arm when needed.

The Panthers needed some breaks, but more often than not, things broke against them. Already leading 14-7, the Saints forced the Panthers into a losing game of catchup when Carolina punter Michael Palardy dropped the snap to set up New Orleans just 31 yards from the end zone. The Panthers defense didn’t allow a first down, but on Julius Peppers‘ third-down tackle along the sideline, he was called for unnecessary roughness. Three plays later, the Saints were in the end zone and ahead 21-7.

Carolina got back in the game by making its own break when safety Mike Adams punched the ball out of tight end Josh Hill’s grasp, setting up McCaffrey’s 21-yard score to make it 21-14 at the half. But out of halftime, officials missed an offsides call, and the lack of a flag caught the offensive line off-guard and opened the door for former Panthers linebacker A.J. Klein to force a three-and-out with a sack.

On the subsequent Saints drive, the Panthers appeared to answer with a three-and-out stop of their own, but on a catch short of the first down, Ingram somehow willed his way through multiple defenders to pick up the first down. Five plays later, it was 28-14.

Even with all the breaks that went the Saints’ way, the b Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey reaks New Orleans made for itself and some uncharacteristic breakdowns by the Panthers, Carolina still had a chance. This Panthers team is built to have a chance every week. What the Panthers do with their upcoming chances will determine whether their season ends De Kevin Pillar Jersey cember 31 in Atlanta or whether they play into January or even February.