One game into the 2012 NFL season and the Carolina Panthers are already facing a pressure-packed game.
The New Orleans Saints will bring their flared nostrils to Bank of America Stadium this Sunday to take on a Panthers team that also surprisingly lost its season opener. For New Orleans, it was a rookie quarterback named Robert Griffin III for the Washington Redskins who lit them up to the tune of a 40-32 beating at the Superdome.
For Carolina, it was its own impotent offense that enabled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to end a 10-game losing streak with a 16-10 victory.
New Orleans is just two-plus years removed from winning a Super Bowl, and despite suspensions that include not having their head coach around due to a bizarre bounty-scheme, the Saints still had visions of an extensive postseason run this coming winter.
Carolina brazenly approached this season as if it would make another giant leap toward the postseason, and in just year two of the Cam Newton and Ron Rivera eras wou...