The better team traveling across the country, to face a 1-5 team in the early game is usually considered a trap. For the Arizona Cardinals, it is anything but that. The Carolina Panthers have ended the Cardinals’ season each of the last two years and they certainly remember how last December ended.
Three Key Matchups
I wrote an article covering some of the key matchups at Last Word on Sports that you can check out here.
Not included in the article is the Panthers’ quarterback. Cam Newton is a threat any time he is on the field. Going all the way back to his very first start in the NFL, he threw for 425 yards in a loss to the Cardinals. His daunting size makes him extremely difficult to defend and the Cardinals defense will have their work cut out for them. If Newton is unable to run the ball as effectively has he has in the past, because of his recent concussions it will help Arizona tremendously.
There is no shame in losing to a very good football team and the Panthers are still that. It is another big game in a brutal stretch for the Cardinals that they will need to prove they are still a contender. I still believe in this team and I am sure that each of the leaders in that locker room does too.