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Cat Scratch Reader 1 hour ago

Super Bowl 50: Handing Out the Grades

After labeling the Panthers offensive line as second best for the 2015 season, Pro Football Focus is left wondering what happened just as much as we are. In short, the grades reflect what we all saw. When your QB has 20 incompletions but still receives the highest grade on the offense, well you know it was  bad day for the offense: Offense: Cam Newton (+3.5) earned the highest grade on the Carolina offense. While he threw 23 incomplete passes, it’s important to note that four were dropped, three were thrown away, and one was batted down. Mike Remmers (-6.8) struggled mightily; he...
Cat Scratch Reader 3 hours ago

2016 NFL Draft: Consensus Big Board

Yesterday, Tim Bielik of Cleveland published a composite of some of the more popular NFL Draft Big Boards to create a consensus for the top 44 picks. Big boards he used were from draft analysts Todd McShay (ESPN), Matt Miller (Bleacher Report), Dan Kadar (SB Nation), Rob Rang (CBS Sports), and Daniel Jeremiah (NFL Network). While not modifying the composite, I then looked at other boards, giving credit to Bucky Brooks, Josh Norris, John Harris, Dane Brugler, and Lance Zierlein if they had a player ranked the highest. Composite Top 32: (with who ranked the highest) 1. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio...
Cat Scratch Reader 9 hours ago

Worst-and-10: Carolina's Dreadful 1st Down Performance in Super Bowl 50

While there are many reasons the Panthers lost to the Broncos, their poor performance on first down was one of the most significant factors. Now that we have all had more than 24 hours to digest the Panthers poor showing in Super Bowl 50 and collectively advance through at least a few of the stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, COTCHERY CAUGHT THE BALL!!!, and finally acceptance), perhaps we can now look at the game a little more objectively. In reviewing the play-by-play I was struck to see in black and white just how badly Carolina struggled on first downs throughout...
Cat Scratch Reader 13 hours ago

The Scratching Post: 2/9/16 Edition

Here's your open thread for today. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Use this thread to chat about (almost) anything you want: video games, food, non-football sports, you name it. As long as it's allowed by the site's ToS (i.e. - no politics and/or religion) then it's fair game here. You know the drill. This is now an open thread!
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 8, 2016

Panthers Now Installed as Favorites to win 2017 Super Bowl

Apparently Vegas sees a bright future for these Panthers in spite of an ugly loss in Super Bowl 50. These odds are courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV). Odds to win the 2017 Super Bowl Carolina Panthers 9/1 New England Patriots 9/1 Seattle Seahawks 9/1 Green Bay Packers 12/1 Pittsburgh Steelers 12/1 Arizona Cardinals 14/1 Dallas Cowboys 16/1 Denver Broncos 16/1 Cincinnati Bengals 20/1 Indianapolis Colts 25/1 Kansas City Chiefs 25/1 Minnesota Vikings 25/1 Atlanta Falcons 33/1 Baltimore Ravens 33/1 Buffalo Bills 33/1 Detroit Lions 33/1 New Orleans Saints...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 8, 2016

DE Kony Ealy Had a Fantastic Super Bowl

I started to do the Player of the Game fan poll inspite of losing the game but quickly determined how could it be anyone but Ealy? Nobody on the offense stepped up that I could tell. Philly Brown maybe before he got hurt. Other than that I don't know. A couple other players on defense had decent games. Luke Kuechly had 10 combined tackles, a sack and a pass defense. But I also remember a key missed tackle. Thomas Davis had 7 tackles in spite of playing with a broken arm. Charles Johnson had 5 tackels and a sack, not a bad day. Yet when you compare those to Ealy's stat line: Four combined...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 8, 2016

Here's Why Cam Newton Walked Out of His Post Game Interview

Well it's a theory anyway and honestly I can't blame him. If you listen closely you can here Bronco CB Chris Harris essentially mocking Newton in the background during his interview. Chris Harris asking "can you throw the football?" ... Can't blame Cam too much for this human reaction. https://t.co/ENAdp3kewt — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 8, 2016 I mean he shouldn't have to sit there and listen to that. I hate that he did walk off because of the sure criticism he was going to receive and he did. In fact according to Deion Sanders, Newton as the newly minted NFL MVP shouldn't...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 8, 2016

So What Happened to the Panthers Offense?

I also have to ask why didn't Cam jump on that loose ball instead of puling back. I'm hungover as hell, wanting this all to be a bad dream but it is not. Hats off the Broncos for playing a great game plan, exposing our weaknesses and all that. Honestly I'm shocked Mike Remmers didn't get exposed so badly before this game. What was Mike Shula thinking leaving him on an island the entire game when he was so obviously in way over his head. All I have is questions at this point. No matter what answer I come up with none of them make sense. Including what was Cam thinking on this fumble: So...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 8, 2016

Little-Big Plays: Carolina vs. Denver, Super Bowl 50

Highlighting the little plays that made all the difference between winning and losing in Carolina's painful 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Denver Broncos. Little-big plays swing the momentum of a game and have a significant impact on winning and losing. Little-big plays extend drives that lead to scores, turn field goals into touchdowns, or flip field position. On the other hand, negative little-big plays can abruptly end drives and take points off the board. Here are the little-big plays that led to the Carolina Panthers Super Bowl loss to the Denver Broncos. 1st Quarter 12:07 – Panthers...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 8, 2016

Monday Morning Optimist: This is the best I could do

There was a part of me that thought sleep would help. That throwing some words on the page and coming back to edit with fresh eyes would allow me to see Super Bowl 50 in a new light. Maybe be hopeful about the future, or discuss how the Broncos lost two years before winning -- but I can't. I just can't do it. This hurts more than 2003, and it's not even close. It was so much easier to see the Panthers back then and and say "wow, they came so close" following a season where making the Super Bowl was pure luck. The scoreboard was closer, but at least that team got to show their potential....
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 7, 2016

Super Bowl score, Broncos 24 Panthers 10: A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Carolina Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos in their second Super Bowl. It sucks for Panthers fans around the nation, but such is life with football. This one hurts. The Panthers shot themselves in the foot on several occasions on the grandest stage in football, but I refuse to be one of those people who claims "The Panthers beat themselves". While yes, the Panthers fumbled the ball on a few occasions, missed scoring opportunities, and ultimately didn't play the kind of football that got them here, the Broncos have themselves one HELL of a defense. They held the number one scoring...
Pats Pulpit Feb 7, 2016

Super Bowl 50 Broncos vs Panthers: Denver Wins 24-10

The NFL has its new champion: the Denver Broncos, who beat the Carolina Panthers thanks to their defense. Super Bowl 50 is history and the Denver Broncos have won their third Lombardi Trophy thanks to a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers. While the game was a close one, it was also a very sloppy contest dominated by defense and marked by mistakes and penalties. The Broncos opened the game with a field goal-drive to take an early 3-0 lead. The Panthers were unable to answer and turned the ball over on their second possession when eventual game MVP Von Miller sacked Cam Newton and the...
Buffalo Rumblings Feb 7, 2016

Super Bowl 50 live chat: fourth quarter open thread

The Denver Broncos hold a two-score lead, 16-7, over the Carolina Panthers entering the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 50. Can they hang on for another world title? The Carolina Panthers finally cracked the Denver Broncos' defense for a few big plays in the third quarter of Super Bowl 50, but ultimately have nothing to show for it. Graham Gano bounced a field goal off of the right upright to keep the store static after the Panthers' first possession of the third quarter, and Cam Newton bounced a pass off of Ted Ginn's hands into the waiting arms of T.J. Ward to stall another good-looking...
Buffalo Rumblings Feb 7, 2016

Super Bowl 50 halftime score: Broncos 13, Panthers 7 in defensive slug-fest

Both the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers have benefited from strong defensive play in the first half of Super Bowl 50, which the Broncos lead at the break, 13-7. Defense has been the name of the game in Super Bowl 50, with the Denver Broncos turning in more big plays in taking a 13-7 lead over the Carolina Panthers at halftime. Denver took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter thanks primarily to a Von Miller sack of Cam Newton deep in Panthers territory; Newton fumbled the ball into the end zone, and Malik Jackson recovered there to provide the Broncos with the first touchdown of the...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 7, 2016

CSR Super Bowl 50 Panthers vs Broncos 2nd Half Open Thread

The first half has for the most part played out just like the Broncos would have liked. The Panthers find themselves down only 6 points 13-7 after a first half full of miscues. There is still plenty of time of course and I fully think the Panther offense can figure this Bronco defense out after some half time adjustments. I'm not in the mood to type details of the miscues to which I speak. I cannot dwell on them at this time. The good news is I just won $125 square on the halftime score so hey, let's party. It's going to be a nail biter folks, in classic Cardiac Cat football. Let's go...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 7, 2016

Panthers' Kony Ealy picks off Peyton Manning and then has all the juke moves

Kony Ealy ... running back? The Carolina Panthers defensive lineman dropped back in coverage to pick off a third down pass from Broncos QB Peyton Manning. That was impressive enough as Ealy had to tip the pass back to himself to catch it. The most impressive part, however, is what came next. Ealy showed an array of moves in evading defenders. It's almost as if he thinks he's Cam Newton or something. I thought for a second he was going to go all the way but he was taken down. Watch the pick here: Kony Ealy intercepts Peyton Manning. #SB50 https://t.co/YuesySaDwZ — Jaison Davis...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 7, 2016

Aqib Talib is melting down at Super Bowl 50

Aqib Talib is out of control early in the Panthers-Broncos Super Bowl matchup. Let's review a few of the things the Broncos CB has done. First, he was flagged for a personal foul for taunting after taking off his helmet here. This came when the Panthers were about to punt. Instead they kept the ball. Talib Is A Big Bully https://t.co/HwuIGxwnD8 — Mr. BDP4LIFE (@xgrazx) February 8, 2016 Then Talib offered a handshake. Only to pull it away. Talib with the fake handshake following the penalty #SB50 https://t.co/QTN7jfgaUN — Kevin Payne (@KCPayne26) February 8, 2016 And this...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 7, 2016

Jerricho Cotchery's non-catch is the first bad call of Super Bowl 50

Our first controversial play in Super Bowl 50 comes on the Carolina Panthers second drive of the game. Panthers QB Cam Newton threw a quick pass to WR Jerricho Cotchery who had the ball hit him in stride before he bobbled it. Despite bobbling it, Cotchery appeared to regain control of the ball on the way to the ground. CBS's Mike Carey predicted it would be a catch but he was wrong. The refs upheld the call on a challenge from Ron Rivera and ruled it incomplete. What do you think? That's a catch by Cotchery!! #SB50 https://t.co/VJeu8sTqBG — Jaison Davis (@JaiHawkFly) February 8,...
Battle Red Blog Feb 7, 2016

Super Bowl 50 Live: Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos

Football fans, many of whom once rooted wildly for several current members of the Denver Broncos, talk about Super Bowl 50 as it happens LIVE on Battle Red Blog. A little less than a month ago, back during the halcyon days of early January 2016, the 2015 NFL Playoffs started with a rather profound thud when your Houston Texans got their brakes beaten off of them by the Kansas City Chiefs. Tonight, the 2015 season will come to a close with either the Denver Broncos or Carolina Panthers as the last team standing. After that, we'll be completely immersed in the offseason, all in the name of...

Super Bowl 50, Panthers vs. Broncos: Game time, TV schedule, announcers,

It has finally arrived! Super Bowl 50 kicks off at 3:35 p.m. PT, wrapping up the 2015 season. It was not a pretty season for the San Francisco 49ers, but the close of it means we are that much closer to figuring out what Chip Kelly will bring to the table in 2016! The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos are squaring off for the Lombardi Trophy at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. The game will air on CBS with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in the booth, Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn on the sideline, and I believe Mike Carey as their referee analyst. The Panthers are a 5.5-point favorite, with...

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