Being a huge fan doesn’t mean you have to be a Homer. I’m not drafting all Panthers in our Fantasy League, which Drafts Thursday night. And though I know we can win any game and I pray that we will, I don’t pick us to go 16-0 every year. Below are my honest and objective thoughts on what could go right and what could go wrong in the upcoming year. Opening-Day in the NFL is like Christmas morning for me. The night before the first game, I cannot sleep as I will be thinking about the “what-ifs.” My wife may even roll over to snuggle and I’ll be thinking about the Cam-to-Kelvin Connection. So what do I think the 2014 season holds for in store for Panther Nation?
Jonathan Stewart being healthy is an immediate upgrade to our backfield and will change the dynamics of our team. We saw that in the pre-season as well. He is just a step better than DeAngelo at this point in their careers. Kelvin Benjamin is another thing that could go right. I guarantee that if healthy, he will catch more yards and TDs than the 2013 Steve Smith did. Another thing that could go right is our D-line could be even better than a year ago. KK and “Stah” stand to make the same type of meteoric jump in year two that Kris Jenkins did for Carolina back in the day. And probably the most important thing that could go right for Carolina is Cam simply being Cam. Let’s face it, we will go as far as he takes us. If he quickens his release time just a bit, gets the protection that he needs, and can be mobile enough to make a few plays with his feet on 3rd down, we will be just fine. In fact, who can beat that?
So at the end of the day, I don’t know what is going to happen, but isn’t that what makes football the greatest game in the world? The possibilities. I’m going to go out and say we start slow and then pick up steam and finish 10-6. What say you? Tweet out your prediction for the upcoming season. Am I a Homer or a Hater for predicting 10-6?