Although they finished the 2014 NFL regular season with a 7-8-1 record, the Carolina Panthers have looked pretty impressive the past few weeks, including their 34-3 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday becoming NFC South Champions for the second season in a row.
I realize that they’re on a roll with four straight wins, but please keep in mind that the victories against: Tampa, New Orleans, Cleveland and Atlanta aren’t much to boast about.
All of those teams finished the regular season with losing records. A combined 22-42 record to be exact!
How does the current NFL playoff format reward such a mediocre season for the NFC South Champions? They get the No. 4 seed and will host the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
Six of the Panthers seven victories were against teams with losing records. The only win against a winning team was over the playoff bound Detroit Lions (11-5) who are the No.6 seed NFC Wildcard team.
Oh let me also pad their 2014 résumé by adding the tie was against the Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1) who are a No. 5 seed Wildcard team out of the AFC.
So now I see why the Panthers fans are so excited about the 2014 NFC South Champions! You can’t help but be excited about that résumé.
Yes! I am being very sarcastic! Rightfully so!
Being that the Arizona Cardinals will be without star QB Carson Palmer on Saturday, the Panthers should handle them at home on Saturday with ease.
Should they advance, it’s hard for me to even imagine them defeating Seattle or Green Bay.
Even though I applaud the 2014 version of the Carolina Panthers for repeating as NFC South Champions, I for one will not buy into all the HYPE surrounding their four game winning streak and making the playoffs!
Although in the near future I would hope that the NFL will start rewarding teams that enter the playoffs with non-winning records with low seeds, you have to respect the current format and not knock the hustle.
So in an ideal situation instead of Detroit being the No.6 seed the Carolina Panthers would be and would face Dallas on the road.
But also before jumping all over the Panthers, let’s keep in mind that by becoming NFC South Champions for two straight seasons, with the current NFL's scheduling formula their 2015 schedule will be a very challenging one.
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