Originally posted by ChaunceyGardner:Originally posted by YourHuckleberry:Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Carolina's win pushed them to the 11th-13th draft slot with a 2-3 record.
The bad news: They play Buffalo at home this week. Buffalo will probably have a let down after an emotional win against the NYJ.
The good news: The following five weeks present a real headache:
Home against the Falcons
Home against the Dolphins
The bad news again: They play Tampa at home.
The good news again: The final four games are a nightmare for them-
Home against Minnesota
Home against New Orleans
Projected out, I'll say they go to 3-3 after the Buffalo game, lose 4 of 5 to go to 4-7, win against Tampa to go 5-7, and then lose out to finish 5-11.
A 5-11 record usually gets a team a top 7 pick. And, with 6 teams who are absolutely abominable in the league: Tennessee, Tampa, St. Louis, KC, Cleveland, and Detroit, the Panthers are looking at that 7th-10th overall pick, in my opinion.
I'd be perfectly fine with a 7-10 pick. That's where the best players are anyways, 1-5 is for the overrated QBs and workout warriors.
Those last 4 teams may be front runners in their division and they may not need the wins that badly, especially the last game.
I'll go on a limb and say the last four teams will be fighting for home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which will keep them motivated.