Thomas Davis says Panthers “should come away with a victory” over Packers

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One of the more intriguing games of Week Two will feature the defending Super Bowl champions visiting Charlotte.  Sure, the Panthers were 2-14 last year and 0-1 so far in 2011.  But Cam Newton, the first overall pick in the draft, made the jump to the NFL in a big way, racking up 422 yards passing in his first game.

So while the Packers most likely will win, it’ll be interesting to see what Newton can do against a quality team, right?

The Panthers don’t see it that way.  Linebacker Thomas Davis thinks that the Panthers can win the game.

“Man, I’m tired of talking about [Packers quarterback] Aaron Rodgers,” Davis told reporters Wednesday, via Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com.  “We’ll line up and we’re going to compete as hard as we can and we should come away with a victory.”

If Davis seems irritated about the Packers, consider his feelings regarding the local happiness with the fact that the Panthers lost to the Cardinals by only seven points.

“You look back and the fans were excited about us being in the game against Arizona,” Davis said.  “Arizona is a team that went 5-11 last year. So I don’t know why that is something to be excited about. We went out and fully expected to win that game, just like we are going out and fully expect to win this game.

“You can’t really go into a game thinking you don’t have a chance or we’re close.  This is the NFL and any given Sunday you can win a football game.”

We like the confidence.  It may be misplaced, but we like it.  There’s no way any team can be successful if the team doesn’t believe in itself.  And so that’s another reason for Panthers fans to feel good about their team, even if it falls to 0-2 on Sunday.

104 responses to “Thomas Davis says Panthers “should come away with a victory” over Packers

  1. Psh, impressing first week (from the offense at least). The Panthers just lost their defensive leader for the entire year… I’ll take the Super Bowl champs any team, ESPECIALLY the Panthers.

    You “should” beat the Packers if you score more points than they do… BUUUUUUUUT that’s not gonna happen, sorry Davis.

  2. His attitude is 100% correct.

    It shouldn’t matter that most of the sports world disagrees with the likely outcome – that’s not his job. His job is to win, and the first steps there are thinking you can win and holding yourself accountable for losses.

    That said, they’re probably screwed.

  3. “This is the NFL and any given Sunday you can win a football game.” It seems rather unlikely that they will. But stranger things have happened.

  4. We were gonna beat the Packers but then I got high…..We were gonna stop them on defense but then I got high…….Now I look like a dumbass and I know why……

  5. “If you build it they will come” quote from the movie Fields of Dreams…….. If you build confidence, the wins will come……….. Go Panthers, since the schedule was released I’ve been preaching upset, is it possible? anything is possible, is it likely? No. But I’m going to cheer for my Panthers, win lose or draw!!!!

  6. I love me some TD! Yea Beason went down, but Dan Connor will man the middle just fine.

    If Carolina’s secondary can keep Rodgers checking down, I think they have a chance. They have some good, fast linebackers to mark Finley and Chris Gamble is coming off a good performance against Fitzgerald to go against Jennings.

    I see a big dose of Williams and Stewart and trying to move the sticks and keeping that Packer offense off the field as long as possible.

  7. “You look back and the fans were excited about us being in the game against Arizona. Arizona is a team that went 5-11 last year. So I don’t know why that is something to be excited about. We went out and fully expected to win that game, just like we are going out and fully expect to win this game.”

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    The Cards also didn’t have a QB last year. They do now. Apples and oranges bud. I hope Rodgers and the Pack hang 100 points on them.

  8. Cam is about to get “baptized” into the NFL via a Dom Capers defense. But Cam could cause the Packers some real fits if he tucks it and runs more.

    Cam needs to play loose and take what the D gives him. He needs to tuck it and run more this week. I believe that he will make a good showing. Don’t think they win the game though

  9. Great attitude. SHOCK THE WORLD! Green Bay was 10-6 in the regular season last year – somebody beat them. Why not the Panthers? Like Davis said: ANY GIVEN SUNDAY! They can be beat. If you don’t think you can do it – stay home or resign.

  10. they were actually two bad blitz calls away from winning that game. not saying they will beat the Pack, but their own coaches cost them the game.

    Sour Plays of the Week: Leading 14-7 in the third quarter of Cam Newton’s coming-out party, Carolina had Arizona facing fourth-and-10 at midfield. The Cats blitzed seven, a tactic rarely seen because it is like handing out a card that says “please score a touchdown.” No one at all covered Cardinals tight end Jeff King, who scored a 48-yard touchdown. Later, Carolina leading 21-14, the Panthers blitzed six against an Arizona five-wide package. No one at all covered Early Doucet, whose 70-yard catch-and-run touchdown set the stage for the Cardinals’ win.

  11. Jennings, Finely, Cobb, Nelson, Jones, Driver?

    Hope those 4th and 5th Carolina DB’s put on some SPF 5000, cause they about to get burned!!

    Did I mention Super Bowl MVP Rodgers will be throwing them the ball?

    Good luck Panthers. Packers will put up 30 without a doubt. Think you can keep up?

  12. I like the attitude. Always be confident and believe you are going to win.

    With that said, the Panthers are going to get smoked.

  13. I like the attitude. If you dont believe you can win on any given sunday, you dont belong on the field. This isn’t the same team as last year. They’re not just going to show up and go through the motions like last years “it is what it is” team. Rivera actually gives a crap and has them thinking like winners.

  14. Davis’ attitude is the right one. It’s the NFL, you need to be a competitor. You can’t fault him for that.

    The fact that Rodgers and Co. is going to put up 52 on their D on Sunday is irrelevant.

  15. i just watched this documentary called “rocky IV”, and judging by a 5’7″ guy beating a genetically engineered 6’5″ monster, i’d have to say: ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR EFFING MIND, DOOD? c’mon man.

  16. What is he supposed to say? “We’re going to go out there, probably give up 30+ points, but we’re going to play our hearts out!”…. I mean I get he shouldn’t say anything but having a little confidence never killed anybody….

  17. I love the attitude of a player like this. Yes the Carolina Panthers may not be on the same level as the packers as they have a rookie quarterback and are rebuilding.
    The packers are defending superbowl champions and should have an edge. I am not a fan of either club but do tell it like it is.
    On paper it looks like a lopsided win for packers. But that as Chris Berman says is why they play the game. Any team can win on a given sunday.
    If the carolina panthers are gonna win, they are gonna have to run the ball and play ball control and keep the packers offense off the field.
    That said, the packers defense does give alot of qb pressure and an occassional pick 6, but history of the last 2 years has proven they give up alot of yards and points. It is an opportunistic defense not a stonewall defense. With an agile qb back there who knows, maybe it will be a good game.

  18. WingT says: Sep 14, 2011 9:38 PM
    Cam needs to play loose and take what the D gives him. He needs to tuck it and run more this week.
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    “Tuck it and run more, wingT?
    Have you ever heard of Clay Mathews III?
    Do you want Newton to play another game this year?
    But you were right about one thing, Cam IS about to get “baptized” !
    Welcome to the NFL Cam Newton
    And as for that Thomas Davis guy, “Don’t piss in a cup anywhere near Rodger Goodell, Tom”!

  19. Some of you feel compelled to speak out against a man who has overcome two ACL surgeries and is playing impressively. You mock him, when your sorry butts probably get injured Tweeting cynical comments about people who have done more by their 20th birthday that you and all of your buddies will ever accomplish in a lifetime. Doubt him–I get it. Mock him? You are a turd.

  20. “Green Bay needs to be knocked down a peg.” Be careful what you wish for. If Carolina beats GB anybody coming after on GB’s schedule will pay.

  21. Panthers always play the Pack tough. The jury is out on the Packers secondary. Brees ripped it up. #12 and the Packers O were able to score more. The Cards secondary is really bad. We’l find out Sunday if the Packers D is as good as their playoff run and if Cam is for real.

    I will predict a Packers victory, by at least 7, likely 10+

  22. If Carolina’s secondary can keep Rodgers checking down, I think they have a chance.
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    You do realize his check down receivers are STUDS.

    If there’s one place that GB truly has superior depth over most every other team – it’s WR, pass receivers.

    Driver is 1 yard short of 10000 yards, he can play. Jennings is a beast, Jones can be a beast when given the chance. Jordy catches the ball as well as most, Cobb scored 2 TD’s in his first game in the NFL – the Packer’s #5 receiver is a rook that set the record for all purpose yards in the SEC. He’s no scrub.

    Go ahead check down Aaron – GB’s #4 or 5 would be #2 on many teams.

  23. In a article featuring the Packers, Cardinals and Panthers, how did the Cards become the worst team in the conversation?

  24. dasportsninja says: Sep 14, 2011 9:19 PM

    Thomas who?
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    Thomas the turd you never heard of him??

    Neither have I.

  25. Ill take the Saints D over the Panthers D any day. And I think we could see a repeat of last week offensively for the Packers.

    That said, Newton will have to be ready to scramble because I think he is going to be under constant pressure from a better front 7 this week. If he picks up first downs by slipping away from the rush, maybe they can keep the Packers O off the field.

    Hard to see it happening though.

  26. I like the confidence. That confidence might not be enough to beat the World Champs, but each week and each game is a building block.

  27. For a long time the panthers have won with a solid D and running game. Cam answered the first big question about himself last week, he is not the second coming of JaMarcus Russel. TD may be getting ahead of himself a bit but that’s what happens when a franchise that has never had a great QB looks like it has landed one. Win or loose the panthers will have to feel like they can compete at last.

  28. PLEASE…Carolina’s defense is worse than NO’s, and GB put up 45 on them…and this defense is FAR superior to ARI (that can’t even be argued).

    Thomas, if CAR stays within 10 you should be throwing a party. A 35-17 style beatdown is more likely.

  29. Panthers…win…same sentence…hahaha..”with 1st pick in 2012 NFL draft, Carolina Panthers select…Andrew Luck, QB Stanford”

  30. Exactly have confidence. But why the tendency to be a big mouth about it? Yea the Packers need a little bulletin board material .
    To paraphrase a line from the Blues Brothers
    Davis HA Your’e gonna look pretty funny tryin’ to win a game with no friggen teeth!

  31. If every team had players who made this prediction every week, it would become ludicrous. It isn’t newsworthy, and should be ignored by the media. It reminds me how the Dolphins CB claimed they had the best tandem in the NFL – how did that work out.

  32. There’s a right way and a wrong way to talk yourself up. I think Thomas Davis is doing it the right way,

  33. Omegachaiban:

    Technically you’re right, four is less than five in the secondary. But teams blitz more than they have to cover man all the time. Especially great defenses, you try to confuse the qb and get home before he finds the open guy. You also play zone and force a dump off to stop them short of the first down. That’s why third and fourth are obvious pass rushing downs. Unfortunately it sounds like your blitz didn’t get home or your zone had a big hole. The wr either ran past the zone alone for six or the zone guy chased someone the wrong way. Either way it’s not a bad call and definitely not why you lost.

    For fun, watch the defenses of the jets, steelers, packers, cowboys, and ravens. Look for the same situations. You’ll see this happens all the time. Especially against new qbs who they think won’t find the open guy in time. Against the Peyton manning and Tom bradys of the world, it’s far less common cause it’s known they’ll easily get the ball out and/or read the blitz pre snap and audible to a play to beat it.

  34. We beat the Packers and Aaron Rogers the last time we faced them. 2008 in Green Bay. 35-31

    That being said, we are too young on defense with a questionable secondary and two rookie DTs. On Offense, it looks like our starting RT, Jeff Otah, will be out with a concussion. In his place will be undrafted rookie Byron Bell or 7th round pick Lee Ziemba. Either way, Matthews should have a field day.

    But this team will not roll over and die like last year. Those outside of Charlotte don’t recognize this yet, but they will soon enough.

    28-17 Packers

  35. Last year’s SB Champs lost to CLE, KC, CHI, WASH, MIA and ATL. So there’s no way the Panthers have a chance – right?

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    Did you just pull those teams out of your ass? Green Bay didnt even play Cleveland or Kansas City…. they lost to Chicago, Miami, Washington, Atlanta, Detroit, and New England

    the loss to Chicago was reasonable, they outplayed us on their turf, no shame in that… as for the Miami and Washington losses, this was the point in the season we were trying to overcome all of our injuries and we just couldnt get wins at this time… again, losing a close one in Atlanta brings no shame, although we had multiple oportunities to win that game… as for Detroit, we lost Rodgers in the first quarter and we fell apart… Almost beat New England without Rodgers

  36. “We beat the Packers and Aaron Rogers the last time we faced them. 2008 in Green Bay. 35-31”

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    No offense to you, but I can’t stand it when the experts quote previous battles between teams. The rosters in the pros, and more so in college, change so much, that making reference to ‘all time records’, or ‘when they played in xxxx’, is irrelevant.

    The Panthers are looking good for the future, but the Packers are the future, at least for the next few years.

  37. ““Green Bay needs to be knocked down a peg.” Be careful what you wish for. If Carolina beats GB anybody coming after on GB’s schedule will pay.”

    ==========

    Let’s also remember, that every team that plays GB this year will be turning it up a notch or two. For many teams with no realistic chance of the playoffs, playing the SB champs is their Superbowl.

    Plus, is GB going to take it easy until they lose? They’re not going to really play hard until then? Please.

  38. “In a article featuring the Packers, Cardinals and Panthers, how did the Cards become the worst team in the conversation?”

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    Really, since the second year of the Panther’s existence, they’ve been better than the Cardinals, other than one year, more or less.

  39. Deangelo scored 4 rushing TDs in that 2008 game and Smith had over 100 yards receiving. Would love to see a repeat of that.

  40. “On the days that the Packers play…the domestic violence arrests go up 35.7% throughout the state of Wisconsin…1999” You left out the part about the victims being exclusively Vikings fans.

  41. Guy is a good team leader and this is exactly the mentality every team should have no matter who they face….

    Truth on the otherhand is The Packers are gonna mop the turf with these Cat lovers.

  42. You need to have that attitude, if you don’t, you all ready lost.

    I am a cheesehead, but won’t blame anyone on an opposing team for thinking that.

    The Packers SHOULD beat Car. by 2tds rookie QB, first year head coach lockout…

    I think it will be closer than that.

  43. claymatthewsloveshgh, you are an interesting study in frustration. I would have loved to see your face when the Packers won the Super Bowl. Idiot.

    That fact being said, Carolina has every chance to beat the Packers. Will it happen? Odds say no, but I’ve seen stranger things. Cam Newton now has game tape. Dom Capers will take advantage.

  44. Fantasy Tip: Packers defense is GOLD for week 2.

    My guess on the stats…

    Packers: 42
    Panthers: 10

    Newton stats: 2 Interceptions, 1 Fumble Lost, 152 passing yards, 0 Touchdowns, 6 sacks.

  45. Newton looked solid as could be week 1, there’s no disputing that. When I thought he was gonna get scared and run, he hung tough and stayed in the pocket to deliver a strike down field. Lord knows the kid can run if need be…GB is a damn good team, but anything can happen when you’ve got 2 very capable backs in Stewart and Williams and a Rookie QB that GB only has ONE NFL games worth of film on. Anyone remember what Kaleb Hanie did to GB in the final Quarter of the NFC Championship Game?..when a team hasn’t had the chance to study film on a guy, he is unpredictable and therefor more of a threat with a greater chance to make the impossible possible. I just hope it’s one hell of a game!

  46. On any given sunday any one can win … except the team that predicts a win.
    Helloooooooooo … you just pumped up the Packers.

  47. I will eat my own hand if the Panthers beat the Pack.

    Don’t get me wrong, the Panthers offense is on the up and up and Newton proved a lot to me last weekend (albeit against a porous secondary). But the Packers offense is going to make Swiss cheese of that defense. I see Starks easily racking up 100 yards and Ryan Grant may even approach the century mark also depending how big of a lead Green Bay gets.

    I also believe that Jordy Nelson will be a sneaky fantasy play this week. Carolina seemed to focus in on Fitz last week to the point of over-committing and I could see them doing it again. Early Doucet was the beneficiary last week and I think the more talented Nelson could do even more damage. I’m calling 7 catches for around 120 yards and at least 1 TD.

    As for Newton, I’m not looking at this game as much as the next week against JAX at home. I expect the rookie to struggle against arguably the best D in the league. Capers is going to throw so many different looks at Cam, especially with a week of game film against him. So IMO, it will be more interesting to see how Newton bounces back after possibly getting his morale (and body) roughed up.

  48. Yeah, I’m sure many of u go into a game believing u will lose every game unless it’s against someone who u preceive is weaker than ur team….IMO, why bother show up if u don’t feel u have a chance. Everything in life is 50/50.

    On paper the Greenbay Packer may be stronger than the Panthers but all it takes is some lucky breaks and there goes the game.

  49. oundog50 says:Sep 14, 2011 10:00 PM

    WingT says: Sep 14, 2011 9:38 PM
    Cam needs to play loose and take what the D gives him. He needs to tuck it and run more this week.
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    “Tuck it and run more, wingT?
    Have you ever heard of Clay Mathews III?
    Do you want Newton to play another game this year?
    But you were right about one thing, Cam IS about to get “baptized” !
    Welcome to the NFL Cam Newton
    And as for that Thomas Davis guy, “Don’t piss in a cup anywhere near Rodger Goodell, Tom”!
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    What’s with the “welcome to the NFL” BS…Like Cam don’t know where the F he is at?

    Some of u folks seem doomed to live ur lives never having an original thought but is simply led by every whim of those who practice the “Barnum Affect.”

    Why do so many want to see this kid fail in the NFL is beyond me.

  50. ‘We beat the Packers and Aaron Rogers the last time we faced them.’ “We”?? Southcakpanther, do you play for the Carolina Panthers? What position do you play?

    There is nothing more lame in sports than when a fan refers to the team they cheer for as “we” or “us”.

    Unless you are on the team payroll in one capacity or another leave the pronouns out of the discussion.

  51. qdog112: Last year’s SB Champs lost to CLE, KC, CHI, WASH, MIA and ATL. So there’s no way the Panthers have a chance – right?
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    You sir, need to be corrected. The Packers never played Cleveland or Kansas City last year during the season. The Packers lost to those 2 teams in the PRESEASON! You really aren’t dumb enough to count preseason games are you?

    The Packers did lose to the other 4 teams mentioned, in addition to a stinker in Detroit. The following week they also lost a road game by 4 points, without Aaron Rodgers, to a marginal club called the New England Patriots.

  52. I believe that Cam Newton will outplay Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

    Also, watch out for a rebound from the Steelers next week as they thrash the Seahawks. You heard it here first.

  53. Keep telling yourself that Davis. Any given Sunday right? If you’re so sure about it, make the guarantee. Better yet, wager your salary on your team winning on Sunday.

    All kidding aside, the guy should have confidence in himself. They all should.

  54. “heyzeus143 says: Sep 15, 2011 12:29 AM

    just remember folks Aaron Rodgers is one concussion away from becoming the next Sidney Crosby of present day”

    The scary thing is that it seems that Aaron Rodgers gets better with each concussion.

  55. “heyzeus143 says: Sep 15, 2011 12:29 AM

    just remember folks Aaron Rodgers is one concussion away from becoming the next Sidney Crosby of present day”

    The scary thing is that it seems that Aaron Rodgers gets better with each concussion… Ever since he sat out of the New England game he has been dominant (minus a few Chicago games) …… there’s no telling how good he’ll be with a few more.

  56. what would you want him to say. We have no chance. We do not even want to show up. We will just allow the Pack to win.

    This guess have press pushing them to make a comment. This is a non story.

  57. Thomas….I just bought a lottery ticket this morning on the way to work. I “should” win $13.8 million dollars. I may go out this afternoon and put a downpayment on a Porsche.

  58. Every year in the NFL there are a few major upsets. Teams who never had a shot going in end up beating a far superior team. Most Super Bowl winners don’t even get back to the playoffs. Carolina has more than a chance to pull the upset.

  59. Any given Sunday!!! Rodgers could get knocked out for all everybody knows. Really hope it hapens too! Can’t stand seeing him doing his “belt” crap.

  60. panthersfan83 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:05 PM

    Any given Sunday!!! Rodgers could get knocked out for all everybody knows. Really hope it happens too! Can’t stand seeing him doing his “belt” crap.
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    I love the “belt.” It’s original and it’s his. I hope he puts the belt on four times come Sunday.

  61. Right attitude to have. He’s gonna be bummin’ come Sunday, but nothing wrong with those comments imo.

    GO PACKERS!!

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