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Cat Scratch Reader 1 hour ago

Made from Scratch: Seahawks at Panthers

It is widely believed in the restaurant world that when the head chef takes a vacation, the food usually suffers. Boy, did it ever. Not only did the food suck, but someone broke the damn cheese slicer. This season has become a twisted culinary series mashup of episodes from "Good Eats" and "Hell's Kitchen" alike. For good measure, this week the Carolina Panthers added an episode of "Chopped" in there in which Charles Godfrey was cut from the block for burning the roast one too many times. I have a feeling the episode isn't over, as both Antoine Cason and Roman Harper stand nervously in...
Panthers Gab 6 hours ago

Seahawks vs Panthers NFL Week 8 Capsule

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-3) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-3-1) SERIES SEAHAWKS PANTHERS SERIES LEADER 4-2 STREAKS Past 3 COACHES VS. OPP. Carroll: 3-0 Rivera: 0-2 LAST WEEK L 28-26 at Rams L 38-17 at Packers LAST GAME 9/8/13: Seahawks 12 at Panthers 7. Seattle WR Jermaine Kearse catches 43-yard TD pass from QB Russell Wilson. Seahawks WR […]
Cat Scratch Reader 13 hours ago
CSR Thursday Night Football Open Thread

CSR Thursday Night Football Open Thread

It's already Thursday, which means it's time to enjoy the beginning of another week of football. CBS is covering the scintillating game between AFC heavyweights: Denver Broncos vs San Diego Chargers ESPN is covering the ACC game between Virginia Tech and Miami. ESPNU is covering the East Carolina-Connecticut There's plenty of football tonight, so let's get the discussion started.
Cat Scratch Reader 19 hours ago
Carolina Panthers Thursday Afternoon Predictions-Panthers-Seahawks

Carolina Panthers Thursday Afternoon Predictions-Panthers-Seahawks

Join me as I make six more predictions for this week's showdown between the Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks. Panthers-Seahawks Predictions 1. Marshawn Lynch will rush for less than 100 yards Over the last one and a half seasons, Lynch has continued to be one of best running backs in terms of churning out those extra yards after contact. However, during that same time period, he hasn't been as prodigious at rushing for triple digits. In 2013, he only finished with three such games and hasn't hit the century mark this season since the very first game against the Green Bay Packers....
Cat Scratch Reader 22 hours ago

Panthers send a message, but was it the right one?

The Panthers released "cornerback" Charles Godfrey on Tuesday. It seems like players took the move as a message, but what message does it send? Yesterday the Panthers released Charles Godfrey, after his attempt at playing out of position was deemed a failure. It looks like Dave Gettleman and Ron Rivera want to send a message that if you are underperforming, your job isn't safe. Here's Ron Rivera's take on the move, from the Charlotte Observer: “Any time moves are made and different things you do getting players’ attention, that’s always a positive,” Rivera said. “This...
Cat Scratch Reader Oct 22, 2014

Carolina Panthers Thursday Afternoon Predictions-Revisited

Join me as I make a quick and painfully riveting dissection of my Panthers-Packers predictions. Once again, my bold predictions mostly came up short. 1. Aaron Rodgers will throw 1 interception I should have known the Panthers shoddy secondary wouldn't be lucky enough to intercept one of the top three quarterbacks in the league. To their credit, they don't get nearly enough help from the defensive line. Sadly, the Panthers defense, which was so good at bringing the heat a year ago, is on pace to finish with about half as many sacks this season. 0 for 1. 2. Eddy Lacy will eclipse 100...
Pride Of Detroit Oct 22, 2014
Know the NFC North: Week 7

Know the NFC North: Week 7

A roundup of how the NFC North performed in Week 7 of the season. NFC North standings Detroit Lions: 5-2 Green Bay Packers: 5-2 Chicago Bears: 3-4 Minnesota Vikings: 2-5 Green Bay Packers Last week: 38-17 win at home against the Carolina Panthers If you turned this game on late, it was already effectively over. The Packers scored touchdowns on each of their first three drives while forcing three consecutive three-and-outs to start the game with a 21-0 lead. The Packers added another touchdown in the second quarter while the Panthers managed only a single field goal. The Panthers' struggles...
Cat Scratch Reader Oct 22, 2014

One Star Trip Advisor Reviews of Bank of America Stadium

Come take a ride with me into the depths of Trip Advisor reviews of Bank of America Stadium. Buckle up, it's going to be a bumpy ride. I'm not sure I can really wrap my head around the idea of taking the time to leave a review of a stadium. This isn't an indictment of those who do, but it's more something I'd just never really do. It's not as if my review is going to cause someone to say, "Oh man, good insight. I think I will skip Bank of America Stadium and go to Lambeau Field instead." However, that might be wise, but that's not really the point. Bank of America Stadium is the classic,...
Cat Scratch Reader Oct 21, 2014

Cat Scratch Radio: Packers Blow Out Edition

It was ugly but we still have to talk it out. Join us...all Panther fans welcome 10pm ET! If you want to join the call the dial in instructions are below. If you have something to say after dialing in then when I call out your username (if you sign up for an account) or the first 7 digits of your phone number chime up. I go through the list of callers FIFO and give everyone a couple minutes to have their say. If you just want to listen then no problem there, just stay quiet but please mute your line to eliminate any background noise. 1. Follow this link to listen, chat or add your voice...
Cat Scratch Reader Oct 21, 2014

Turner out for Sunday, Bell and Silatolu could be in

It looks like the Panthers might get Bell and Silatolu back from injury, but the talented rookie will be inactive. According to this article from Panthers.com, it appears Byron Bell and Amini Silatolu are progressing well and should be back from their respective injuries to play the Seahawks. While the two aren't world beaters, it's a case of being better than their backups. The biggest relief is getting Byron Bell back, as David Foucalt proved that he should have been left to stick around on the practice squad for the year, as he currently has no place on the 53 man roster. The potential...
Cat Scratch Reader Oct 21, 2014

Charles Godfrey released

As the Panthers defensive woes continued against Green Bay, it became obvious that the status-quo is not getting it done. The move comes with little surprise if you've watched the Panthers' secondary this season. While serviceable for several years at safety, Charles Godfrey looked like a fish out of water at the nickel back and big nickel positions in 2014. Amidst Godfrey's release, it's unclear what the Panthers plan on doing at the position moving forward. It remains to be seen if Bene Benwickere is ready to come back from his ankle injury, or if the plan is to try someone else on the...
Cat Scratch Reader Oct 21, 2014
Panthers work out Bruce Campbell at OT, no seriously

Panthers work out Bruce Campbell at OT, no seriously

Well, this is something The Carolina Panthers are in dire need of offensive line help and are turning to a familiar face -- kind of. Bruce Campbell met with the team on Tuesday and presumably a deal could be finalized as soon as this afternoon, should the meeting work out. OT Bruce Campbell worked out for Panthers today, per league source. — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 21, 2014 Campbell came to Charlotte in a trade with the Raiders that sent fumble-prone running back Mike Goodson to Oakland. At times he showed flashes, but the 26-year-old never did enough to get steady...
Cat Scratch Reader Oct 21, 2014

Carolina Panthers Tuesday Afternoon Prospect Evaluation-Shawn Oakman

Let's take a trip to Texas, where everything is bigger, including today's prospect. Nothing is a given in the NFL. Every season takes on a different identity as veterans retire and their replacements are secured through the draft and free agency. By the end of the 2013 season, the Carolina Panthers' defense had earned the right to be labeled dominant. Nearly halfway through the 2014 season, they've performed pitifully enough to be categorized as pathetic. I wish this were an exaggeration, but it isn't. This is the cold, hard truth. Reality is hard to swallow and even harder to change,...
Cat Scratch Reader Oct 21, 2014
Panthers at Packers: Handing Out the Grades, Defense

Panthers at Packers: Handing Out the Grades, Defense

Here's part 2 of what will be a weekly series going forward in which we review the performance grades handed out by Pro Football Focus. PFF has teamed up with SBN to provide additional stats and data from their game analysis. You can check out the offense's grades here. We give Kuechly plenty of praise on this site so I think it's fair to discuss arguably the worst game of his career: Luke Kuechly, LB, -4.5 Breakdown: Continuing his streak of back-to-back great performances followed by back-to-back duds, Kuechly performance pendulum swung back into the red in Green Bay. His most memorable...
Cat Scratch Reader Oct 21, 2014

Panthers at Packers: Handing Out the Grades, Offense

This week it's hard to tell who played worse, the offense or the defense. Cole Schultz reviews the game in this week's ReFo and takes a look at the poor play at LT, Luke Kuechly's down game, and Charles Godfrey's missed tackles. Breakdown: When Byron Bell left the game with an elbow injury after 41 snaps and a -2.4 grade, it looked like a replacement tackle could hardly play much worse. Having given up four pressures already midway through the third quarter, Bell was succeeded by rookie David Foucault. And just as one could predict when you rely on an undrafted free agent to block Clay...
Cat Scratch Reader Oct 20, 2014
CSR NFL Week 7 MNF Open Thread

CSR NFL Week 7 MNF Open Thread

The Texans travel to Three Rivers to play the Steelers in MNF action. Still smarting from the Panthers blow out loss? Give it another day or so but then we have to move on. Amazingly the Panthers are still very much in the playoff picture give the state of the NFC South at the moment. All it takes is one good game to turn this thing around. So we can talk Panthers or the MNF action as it unfolds. This is Now an Open Thread!
Cat Scratch Reader Oct 20, 2014

CSR Monday Night Football Open Thread

We've got the Steelers and Texans on tonight. Are you watching? Big Ben and the Steelers take on JJ Watt and the Texans tonight in what should be a good game. Are you watching the action tonight? If you are and need a place to chat, we've got you covered. This is now an open thread!
Cat Scratch Reader Oct 20, 2014
Ron Rivera speaks about Luke Kuechly ejection

Ron Rivera speaks about Luke Kuechly ejection

Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly was ejected in the third quarter of the game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers for making contact with an official. The ejection epitomized the NFL's inability to adequately judge a situation, failing to realize that Kuechly believed a Packers player had grabbed him by the shoulders, not a referee. On Monday head coach Ron Rivera discussed his disagreement with the call to David Newton of ESPN. "I disagreed with it,'' Rivera said. "I disagreed with the explanation I was given. I looked at the tape and I felt the tape agreed with what I...
Cat Scratch Reader Oct 20, 2014

Biggest Surprise from Sunday: The Kuechly Ejection

In what can only be described as a major misunderstanding Luke Kuechly was ejected from the Packers game. That's right Mr. Congeniality was unhappy about being pulled off a pile by a GB player and accidently touched ref when responding. Fortunately he will not face a suspension but he should expect a fine. Luke Kuechly ejected for personal foul penalty - NFL.comIt's hard to fault Kuechly. He was grabbed from behind by the referee and swung his arm to get out of the hold. The contact from Kuechly was not malicious in any way. Kuechly will not face a suspension, per NFL Media Insider Ian...
Acme Packing Company Oct 20, 2014

The Takeaway: Green Bay Packers 38, Carolina Panthers 17

Green Bay boat raced the Panthers out of Lambeau on Sunday. Aaron Rodgers may believe the Packers' Week 4 defeat of the rival Chicago Bears represents his team's most complete game, but the numbers from Sunday's trouncing of the Carolina Panthers beg to differ. The contest marked the second time this season the Packers opened a game with 28 unanswered points, and the first time the offense generated all of the scoring. Rodgers outperformed even his own lofty standards, throwing three touchdowns and completing over 86 percent of his passes. Meanwhile, Eddie Lacy and James Starks each...

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