CHARLOTTE, N.C. Ideally, bye weeks come in the middle of the season when NFL teams are battered and bruised and need time to get everybody back on the mend.
Not the case for the 1-2 Panthers. Their bye came at about the worst time possible a week after a 38-0 thrashing of the Giants and only four weeks into the season.
That momentum may have partially subsided, leading up to Carolina's road clash with Arizona (2-2). But the Panthers are still excited to get back on track.
"I think our confidence is good. I don't think we feel great right now. We're 1-2, and we beat a team who is now 0-4," tight end Greg Olsen said. "So do we feel good that we won? Yeah. Are we ready to crown ourselves as anything more than a 1-2 team that is looking to get better? No."
That's the question heading into this game: Who are these Panthers?
The team that faced the Giants was dominant at the point of attack when running the ball, and had a defensive front four that made New York's offensive line lo...