There is sometimes a big difference in sports in the games you should win and the games you actually win.
The Panthers hope that difference doesn’t bite them Sunday against Atlanta in a game they definitely should win – but a game that is dangerous.
The Falcons are 2-5 and seem to have lost their mojo, as well as star wide receiver Julio Jones. They are a desperate team with a quarterback (Matt Ryan) who still knows how to beat the Panthers, having gone 7-3 against them in his career.
Carolina (4-3) has won four of its past five and enters November with a winning record for the first time since 2008. Atlanta has lost four of its past five.
This game should be easier than the next two for Carolina – at San Francisco and home against New England. But if the Panthers mess this one up at home, it’s a major black mark on a season that has so much promise.