The Carolina Panthers will fly this week to San Francisco to play the 49ers. This will be the first time Panther fans will see Cam Newton for more than one drive after his rotator cuff surgery. In his preseason game against Jacksonville Cam Newton threw 2/2, for 21 yards, and a great touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin! Cam Newton is very excited for this season after a hardworking and self reflective offseason. As he ran onto the practice field Sunday afternoon he told all of the fans “I’m going to make you happy next Sunday” which means he is ready to dominate against the 49ers (Newton). The main question is what will the San Francisco defensive line do to stop Cam Newton from completions, big gains, and of course his run game?
This offseason the Carolina Panthers brought back two important players home. One was Julius Peppers and the other was Captain Munnerlyn. Julius Peppers has been a star defensive back for the Panthers when he was drafted and in his last season with the Packers he has been a notable star. He is a great advantage for the Panthers because their defensive line is already packed with , Kuechly, Davis Sr., and Thompson! No one will want to face the Panthers defense this year because it will be intense and difficult. Captain Munnerlyn was previously on the Minnesota Vikings and he was a great cornerback for them. This year he will strengthen the Panthers by joining James Bradberry and Daryl Worley who are very good cornerbacks as well. With Josh Norman leaving the Panthers last year Carolina had to find a way to strengthen the cornerback positions and today it looks fantastic with Munnerlyn’s addition!
Thomas Davis Sr. will begin his last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers this year and there is only one thing in his mind that he is thinking about. That one thing is a Super Bowl ring! He is one of the stars on the Panthers defensive line because he can force fumbles, sack any quarterback, and make interceptions. Last year Thomas Davis Sr. made 3 interceptions, caused 1 fumble, and recovered 2 fumbles! He is a man that never gives up and will always try his hardest in every game just to win. This Sunday be prepared for Thomas Davis to shred the offensive line and cause turnovers. Luke Kuechly is also a young notable player for the Panthers defense because he is part of the duo with Thomas Davis Sr.! In 2016 Kuechly made 1 interception and forced 1 fumble! The San Francisco 49ers do not want to deal with this defense on Sunday!
On the offensive line no one can forget about the big new addition Christian McCaffrey. He can find one tiny hole in the defensive line and zip out of their sight! McCaffrey has the body of a linebacker, and also the hands of a receiver! Cam’s quick passes to him will be amazing this year and the duo will give defenses a hard time keeping up. One of the main things for Cam Newton is that this year he will have the opportunity to throw quick out of the pocket and our offense will be super quick. We have great receivers, running backs, and an awesome quarterback which means that this game on Sunday will be full of scoring, fumbles, and interceptions! My prediction is that the Panthers will win but it will most likely be a close game! Keep Pounding Panther Nation!