I read that the Carolina Panthers control their own destiny. If I win the lottery – I went in with five co-workers – I will put a bounty on anybody who writes, says or thinks that a team controls its own destiny. And I’m not really a bounty guy, unless you’re talking about paper towels. But I did spend five days last week in New Orleans.
The New York Jets some weeks look like the worst team in the NFL and other weeks look like they possess youth, a plan and a future.
So much depends on the play of their quarterback, rookie Geno Smith. The Panthers are 2-1 against rookie quarterbacks; they beat Tampa Bay’s Mike Glennon twice and were beaten by Buffalo’s EJ Manuel.
Carolina could blow out the Jets, but I don’t see it. Think this one ought to be closer than the 11-point spread.
Look for Cam Newton and Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell or Ted Ginn Jr., to have a big day. That will be enough.
This week’s picks, with the home team in CAPS:
Upset of the week
Lock of the week