So what’s next for the Carolina Panthers?
Greg Olsen set part of the blueprint in the postgame locker room for the Carolina Panthers. Understandably, it involves winning the team’s next two games – both at home – to get to 5-5 with six games left.
That, though, will be difficult. Kansas City, in case you have not been paying attention, is 6-2 and will visit Charlotte this Sunday. The Chiefs have not been winning by huge margins, but they keep winning – their 19-14 victory against Jacksonville on Sunday was their fourth victory in a row.
New Orleans –the Panthers’ opponent in a Thursday night game on Nov. 17 – has already beaten the Panthers once this season and won again Sunday. The Saints are 4-4.
Put it this way: if the Panthers win both these home games, they really will be back in the playoff hunt. But it’s going to be quite difficult.
▪ Earlier in his career, Devin Funchess would not have fought as hard to get back to the ball on what turned out to be a 29-yard pass interference penalty against the Rams. So that's an improvement, at least. Funchess still has problems getting much separation against defensive backs, though.
▪ So strange – and cool – to see a stadium almost bereft of luxury skyboxes. That’s the L.A. Coliseum, though – 93 years ago, when it was built, they were as unnecessary as a winter coat in L.A.
▪ Ted Ginn once again made a couple of errors on catching punts. He let one bounce that he should have fair-caught, and in doing so cost the Panthers almost 30 yards. He did field the critical onside kick cleanly with 31 seconds left in the game, though.
▪ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was in the crowd and got one of the biggest hands of the day when he was shown on the big screen.
▪ You really couldn't have asked for a prettier day in L.A. to play this game. Even better, the press box was open-air.