Originally written November 08, 2012 on Football Nation:
If you strictly look at records going into the matchup between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers in Week 10 of the NFL season, this looks like an incredible mismatch between a 5–3 record versus 2–6. As with many situations in football, however, the numbers don’t even begin to tell the story.Carolina has been one of the most snake bitten teams in the 2012 season, as they’ve come out on the short end in many of their losses. Outside of the blowout loss to the New York Giants in Week 3, the Panthers' five other losses have been by six points or less. Suffice to say, they’ve been competitive in most of their games despite a bit of a sophomore slump from their do-everything quarterback Cam Newton. They’ve been done in by unfortunate mistakes at key points or their opponents making a huge play when necessary to win, and that combination can usually spell doom for a young team trying to find themselves. Carolina did show some fight in their last game defeating Washington 21-13 i...
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