The Oakland Raiders (4-10) will be facing the Carolina Panthers (5-9) today in a game that most NFL fans won’t care too much about, except for fantasy football owners. Both teams are having horrible years and it’s sad to watch.
For the Panthers, after Cam Newton had a sensational rookie year last season, had their heads up high. They went into this season with all the hope in the world, and they had every right to. But with Newton’s mistakes and the flaws of the defense, they’ve struggled. And it doesn’t help that Newton is always sitting on the sidelines alone with a towel over his head when they are in a tough game.
And for the Raiders, this was going to be the “new era” or “new regime”. Well, that hasn’t really worked out. Not at all. Dennis Allen is having a tough time coaching this young and inexperienced team and it’s not hard to see. The talent for the Raiders is there, but it’s scattered all across the board and no players have really lived up to their potential. And don’t forget about the injuries, as Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson have both missed extensive time off while dealing with high ankle sprains.
Today, the Raiders will have to contain the explosive Newton and his partner-in-crime, Steve Smith. I believe it’s going to be a very tough task for the Raiders, especially with how atrocious their defense has been thus far in the year.
The Raiders will look to put the pressure on the Panthers early on and get something good going on with McFadden. If not, let Palmer throw out of the shotgun and develop a rhythm with his receivers.
To catch all the action, turn on your TV to CBS at 10 AM PT and enjoy the show. It might not be what you want to watch on this Sunday morning, but there is bound to be at least a few good plays.