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Greg Olsen’s statistical decline

Greg Olsen’s statistical decline

Greg Olsen’s numbers have fallen off a cliff the past six games. What is happening, and should Panthers fans be worried? What has happened to Greg Olsen? During the first six weeks of the season, Olsen was the best tight end in the league, and also had some of the best stats among all receivers. Olsen totaled 610 yards through the first six games of the season, for almost 102 yards a game. He was on pace for over 1600 yards receiving. Then, the Cardinals game happened. Olsen was targeted only three times by Cam Newton, and only had one catch for eleven yards. Okay, maybe that’s an...
Cat Scratch Reader 4 hours ago
Panthers vs. Chargers: Defensive Preview

Panthers vs. Chargers: Defensive Preview

The Panthers return home from their extended road trip, capped off by a dreadful performance in Seattle. Up next, a dangerous Chargers team buoyed by a sneaky good offense. The Panthers defense that looked like it may be finding its way just fell to pieces during that west coast trip. Even with injuries mounting and a two week trip on the west coast coming to a close, there is no reason the Panthers should have been embarrassed the way they were on Sunday night. Yes, the Seahawks are a better team. Yes, the game was in their building. But the Panthers were one bomb to Ginn away from being...
Cat Scratch Reader 8 hours ago
Five Pessimistic Views of the Carolina Panthers 2016 Season

Five Pessimistic Views of the Carolina Panthers 2016 Season

Now that we have taken a look at reality in the previous installment, let’s look at some highly pessimistic, sky is falling, worst-case scenarios about the team moving forward. Although I consider myself a realist, it would be really really easy to look at the 2016 Carolina Panthers season with nothing but pessimistic views for now and toward the future. In this article, we are going to do just that. These scenarios are mostly the worst-case variety, looking through a lens of dim hope and broken promises. It is written as a follow up to my last article, Five Realities of the Carolina...
Cat Scratch Reader 14 hours ago
The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 12/8/16

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 12/8/16

Here’s your Panthers news for today. Please consider donating to our fundraiser for Greg Olsen’s charity, Receptions for Research. We’ve set our goal for $2500, and with your help we can reach that in no time! Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. The 2016 Panthers have been the biggest disappointment in Charlotte sports history (Tom Sorensen, Charlotte Observer) Bryan Strickland answers fans’ questions in his latest mailbag (Panthers.com) Here are the snap counts from the Panthers’ loss in...
Cat Scratch Reader Dec 7, 2016
Durst’s 2017 NFL Draft: Conference Championship Week Risers and Sliders

Durst’s 2017 NFL Draft: Conference Championship Week Risers and Sliders

Recently, ESPN predicted the Panthers have an eighty percent chance of drafting in the top-ten.  Many of college football's best players were playing last weekend, as most of the top teams were playing for conference championships. Here are just a few that caught my eye.  Week Fourteen Risers 1. Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama: Bio Tomlinson, a four-star recruit in 2012, has been a steady rotational player for a few years, playing as both an end and a tackle at 6'3 and 307 pounds. The senior had 34 tackles and six pass breakups in 2015. Tomlinson was a three-time state wrestling champion...
Cat Scratch Reader Dec 7, 2016
Greg Olsen Nominated for NFL’s Man of the Year Award

Greg Olsen Nominated for NFL’s Man of the Year Award

Greg Olsen is a champion of the game both on and off the field, and has received his second nomination for the award in as many seasons. Per an article on panthers.com, Greg Olsen has been nominated as the Carolina Panthers representative for the NFL’s Walter Payton “Man of the Year” award. This is the second season in a row that Greg has been nominated, and other than Thomas Davis (who has already won the award), I can’t think of anyone more worthy. Speaking of Thomas Davis, he had this to say about Greg: “Greg has an incredible heart. I love the guy. After everything he faced...
Cat Scratch Reader Dec 7, 2016
The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 12/7/16

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 12/7/16

Here’s your Panthers news for today. Please consider donating to our fundraiser for Greg Olsen’s charity, Receptions for Research. We’ve set our goal for $2500, and with your help we can reach that in no time! Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Ron Rivera is concerned for the players’ mental health after the team’s 4-8 start (Connor Orr, NFL.com) Cam Newton being benched for not wearing a tie is a symptom of bigger problems in Carolina (Jenny Vrentas, MMQB) Max Henson shares what we learned...
Panthers Gab Dec 6, 2016

Chargers at Panthers NFL Week 13 Capsule

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (5-7) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-8) REGULAR SEASON SERIES   CHARGERS PANTHERS SERIES LEADER   4-1 STREAKS   Past 2 COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCoy: 0-0 Ron Rivera: 1-0 LAST WEEK L 28-21 vs. Tampa Bay L 40-7 at Seattle LAST GAME 12/16/12: Panthers 31 at Chargers 7. Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams has […]
Cat Scratch Reader Dec 6, 2016
The Hog Molly Report: Week 13, Panthers at Seahawks

The Hog Molly Report: Week 13, Panthers at Seahawks

It was a weird night for the hogmollies. The scoreboard makes things look a lot worse than they were, but there were critical failures at certain junctions. Welcome once again to the Hog Molly Report, where winning in the trenches is all that matters. Before we begin, we open with the reciting of our usual motto: “Big men allow you to compete. We're certainly going to look at the big hog mollies.” In the spirit of Mr. Gettleman’s words, and the philosophy of building a team from the inside out, my goal will be to watch the hog mollies each game during the season, and give them a...
Cat Scratch Reader Dec 6, 2016
The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 12/6/16

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 12/6/16

Here’s your Panthers news for today. Please consider donating to our fundraiser for Greg Olsen’s charity, Receptions for Research. We’ve set our goal for $2500, and with your help we can reach that in no time! Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Ron Rivera isn’t worried about losing the team after benching Cam Newton (Steve Reed, AP via The News Tribune) Rivera believes the team had “grand expectations” and just failed to capitalize (Bryan Strickland, Panthers.com) VIDEO: Rivera believes...
Cat Scratch Reader Dec 5, 2016
Seahawks 40 Panthers 7: Player of the Game fan poll

Seahawks 40 Panthers 7: Player of the Game fan poll

Is there such a thing as a Player of the Game when you lose by 33 points? We shall find out. I'm going to add the following option to this poll in addition to a normal list of candidates for player of the game: - There is no player of the game when you lose by 30 or more points. I want to see how everyone feels about this. So vote for a player on the list or 'other' if you think we should always have a poll. I'll tell you though, it's hard to pick more than a couple after a team puts up a stinker like that. So I went to the player grades on Pro Football Focus to fill out the poll. Here's...
Cat Scratch Reader Dec 5, 2016
3 Plays to Love, 3 Plays to Hate: Week 13 at Seahawks

3 Plays to Love, 3 Plays to Hate: Week 13 at Seahawks

These key plays swung momentum and decided the Panthers 40-7 road loss against the Seattle Seahawks. Plays to Love, Plays to Hate (aka "P2L, P2H") looks at the most significant plays in swinging momentum and impacting the eventual outcome of the game. There is always plenty to hate about NFL officiating, so we will only focus on the plays on the field, not the refs. Three Plays to Love 2nd Quarter 13:30 – Panthers 0, Seahawks 10. Seahawks ball 4th-and-5 on CAR 36 The Situation: Rather than attempting a 54-yard field goal, Pete Carroll and the Seahawks went for it on 4th-and-5. The Play:...
Cat Scratch Reader Dec 5, 2016
Monday Morning Optimist: Flashes in a dark room

Monday Morning Optimist: Flashes in a dark room

The Carolina Panthers got their butts kicked on Sunday Night Football by the Seattle Seahawks. There’s still reasons to be optimistic, but not for this season. Being a fan of a specific team includes suffering alongside them. Such is the territory in sports, especially in this age’s NFL. With the parity created by salary cap limits and the ever growing midpoint for free agents, teams often have to make due with shallow positions and hope for the best. In 2015, the Panthers got most of the good luck you could ask for. In 2016, the bad luck whopped them in the mouth. The Panthers’...
Cat Scratch Reader Dec 5, 2016
The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 12/5/16

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 12/5/16

Here’s your Panthers news for today. Please consider donating to our fundraiser for Greg Olsen’s charity, Receptions for Research. We’ve set our goal for $2500, and with your help we can reach that in no time! Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Several Panthers players took advantage of the NFL giving them freedom to wear custom cleats during Week 13 (Katherine Peralta, Charlotte Observer) Cornerback Lou Young sat down for a Q&A session (Inside the Panthers) PHOTOS: Here’s a gallery of the...
Cat Scratch Reader Dec 5, 2016
Panthers at Seahawks Final Score: ‘Hawks demolish Panthers in Prime Time 40-7

Panthers at Seahawks Final Score: ‘Hawks demolish Panthers in Prime Time 40-7

This was not how the Panthers wanted their west coast trip to end. Yeesh. Even the most optimistic of Panthers fans will find it hard to find some good from this game aside from “yeah but did dey die doe?” Good luck to Brian Beversluis, who will be guest penning the MMO tomorrow, because there is not a lot of positives for the Carolina Panthers right now. First Quarter The game started off almost as poorly as possible. Cam Newton started the game on the sidelines, apparently due to some kind of unauthorized wardrobe issue, and Derek Anderson’s first throw was intercepted, setting the...
Panthers Gab Dec 4, 2016

Cam Newton Sits to Start Game vs Seattle Due to Dress Code Violation

The Panthers blowout loss to the Seahawks was complete with their starting quarterback having to miss the first series of the game due to a dress code violation. Cam Newton sat the bench to start the game in place of backup Derek Anderson, who went and threw a pick on his first pass attempt on […]
Cat Scratch Reader Dec 4, 2016
Panthers at Seahawks 2nd half open game thread

Panthers at Seahawks 2nd half open game thread

The Panthers are down 23-7 This one has been a comedy of errors from the opening play...literally. The defense hasn’t played bad but has given up some big plays. The offense has turned the ball over a couple times. Special teams suck. That about sums this one up. Let’s take our medicine Panther fans. This is now an open game thread!
Cat Scratch Reader Dec 4, 2016
Cam benched for one play for disciplinary reasons

Cam benched for one play for disciplinary reasons

Decision costs team 3 points We are not sure when the infraction happened, some saying it was pre-game breaking of team rules and Rivera felt he needed to make a point. Can confirm Cam Newton was benched for disciplinary reasons. First reported by Panthers radio network.https://t.co/vbopnGgNr6— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 5, 2016 So Rivera decides to make a point about something but tries to minimize the risk to the game by making it one play. It promptly costs him three points. The 2016 season slaps us in the face yet again.
Battle Red Blog Dec 4, 2016
Sunday Night Football Open Thread: Panthers at Seahawks

Sunday Night Football Open Thread: Panthers at Seahawks

Just because the Texans couldn’t do anything on offense again doesn’t mean you should stop watching football tonight! If you thought football was done for the day (and if you did, where have you been the last 12 weeks?), you’re not quite right because there’s still one game left on the Sunday slate. The Carolina Panthers travel to Seattle (which is rare in prime time) to take on the Seahawks. Consider this your Texans-centric home for a non-Texans Sunday night affair. The usual commenting rules apply, pants are entirely optional, see management for more details.
Panthers vs. Seahawks, SNF: Game time, TV schedule, online streaming, announcers, odds

Panthers vs. Seahawks, SNF: Game time, TV schedule, online streaming, announcers, odds

Week 13 Sunday Night Football is an NFC matchup with one division leader, and one team trying to stay alive. We break down Panthers-Seahawks. We’re back for another week of Sunday Night Football, and Week 13 brings a chance to cheer against the Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers sort of rival hosts a Carolina Panthers team that sits at 4-7, but can climb to within two games of first place in the NFC South with a win. The game airs on Sunday Night Football, and kicks off at 5:30 p.m. PT, with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, and Michele Tafoya on the call. We are all going to be rooting for a...

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