Perhaps you’ve seen the 14-acre corn maze in Maryland that includes the images of President Obama and Mitt Romney tugging on an American flag. You would have seen it from above because corn mazes aren’t nearly as impressive at ground level.
Corn mazes are popular this time of year if you have a cornfield, a really big stencil pattern, a lot of time on your hands and a mean streak.
I have enough trouble finding the unbroken line in the mazes they have for kids at restaurants with paper placemats. I have no interest in getting lost in a cornfield.
If I want to feel lost, I’ll just listen to Ron Jaworski break down tape for a couple of minutes.
The point of this is the Panthers seem to be caught in their own cornfield maze right now. Just when you think they’ve figured a way out (New Orleans), they run into a wall of corn stalks (New York Giants). And then another one (Atlanta).
If they don’t find their way out soon, they’ll miss Halloween and all the good candy. It’s important in a maze to stay calm, think clearly and promise yourself you’ll never do this again.
For the Panthers, it’s about finding their way out immediately. No one said it would be easy.
SEATTLE at CAROLINA: According to the always reliable internet, Seattle is 2,288 miles from Charlotte as the Seahawk flies. If you’re driving, it’s 2,869 miles in part because of all the bathroom stops you have to make. Driving or flying, it’s a long way. It’ll be even longer going back. Panthers 31, Seahawks 17.
BALTIMORE at KANSAS CITY: The Chiefs work on turnovers every week in practice, their coaches say. It shows because they’re very good at turnovers. They’ve made 15 of them already, more than any team in the league. Ravens 33, Chiefs 21.
ATLANTA at WASHINGTON: The Falcons aren’t going to go undefeated but they’re going to stay that way for at least another week. Falcons 31, Redskins 17.
PHILADELPHIA at PITTSBURGH: It’s tough to pick against the Steelers at home but I’m going to do it anyway. Eagles 20, Steelers 17.
GREEN BAY at INDIANAPOLIS: Tough week in Indy with the news about coach Chuck Pagano battling leukemia. Colts put up a good fight for their coach. Packers 29, Colts 20.
CLEVELAND at NEW YORK GIANTS: Really? Giants 34, Browns 10.
MIAMI at CINCINNATI: It’s too early to proclaim quarterback Ryan Tannehill as the answer to the Dolphins’ many problems, but he’s a nice upgrade. Here comes a big moment in his rookie season. Dolphins 28, Bengals 24.
CHICAGO at JACKSONVILLE: Two cities with nothing in common but NFL teams. Bears 24, Jags 21.
BUFFALO at SAN FRANCISCO: Let’s see where the Bills are in five weeks after playing four road games – at the 49ers, at Arizona, at Houston and at New England – in that time. 49ers 35, Bills 13.
TENNESSEE at MINNESOTA: Let’s do some simple math here: The Titans are allowing an average of 37.8 points per game. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has not thrown an interception this season. Add it, subtract it, multiply it or whatever, it comes out looking like this: Vikings 32, Titans 14.
DENVER at NEW ENGLAND: Peyton Manning and Tom Brady again. They get older but watching them play against each other doesn’t. Patriots 27, Broncos 21.
SAN DIEGO at NEW ORLEANS: Who dat 0-4? Saints 33, Chargers 28.
HOUSTON at NEW YORK JETS: In all the chatter about a new television season starting last month, there was no mention of the best reality show of all – the Jets. They’ve given new meaning to the term breaking bad. Texans 29, Jets 12.
Last week: 11-3