The most promising aspect of the Carolina Panthers remaining schedule is that thereisn'ta Manning left on the slate.
They have come and gone, leaving the Queen City with emphatic victories. Eli and the New York Giants took apart the Panthers 36-7 on a Thursday night in mid-September, and this past Sunday, Peyton and the Denver Broncos cashed in on defense and special teams to go with the legends methodical passing game to cruise to a 36-14 triumph.
Up next are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team Carolina dominated a year ago, but struggled against in losing the season-opener on the road. The Bucs (5-4) beat Carolina in the first game, 16-10. The Panthers rushed for a franchise record-low 10 yards that afternoon.
At the time, it seemed like somewhat of an anomaly given that the Panthers (2-7) won last years contests 38-19 and 48-16 and combined to run for 433 yards in the victories.
But with a new scheme fully implemented under first-year coach Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay is No. 1 in ...