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Panthers win fourth straight, hammer Falcons

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The Panthers still haven’t won against what you’d call a good team.

But they keep stacking up wins, and at some point the pile of evidence becomes too high to ignore.

The Panthers improved to 5-3 with their fourth straight victory, a dominant 34-10 win over the Falcons. The teams they’ve beaten entered today with a 8-29 record, so their next two games against the 49ers and Patriots will be far more telling in terms of the story of their season.

But narrowing the focus, they’ve won five of their last six since Ron Rivera’s go-for-it epiphany, know they can stand toe-to-toe with the Seahawks, and are playing with an impressive confidence.

They were able to overcome a two-interception day by Cam Newton, a testament to the maturity he and the team have shown.

The work was done on defense, as the Panthers locked the Falcons down on the ground, and picked off Matt Ryan three times.

That’s seven picks in the last two weeks for the Falcons quarterback, as his injury depleted team dropped to 2-6. Without Roddy White or Julio Jones outside, they simply don’t have a way to keep defenses off Tony Gonzalez all day.

The veteran tight end made some plays early, but wasn’t a factor in the second half, as the Panthers continued to play defense as well as anyone in the NFL.

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19 Responses to “Panthers win fourth straight, hammer Falcons”
  1. thepftpoet says: Nov 3, 2013 4:00 PM

    Panthers > Saints

  2. beckzhere says: Nov 3, 2013 4:09 PM

    Seasons over for the Falcons. Winning any games at this point would be counter productive…not that they even could.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 4:13 PM

    Still waiting for them to beat a team with a winning record. I see a winless Giants, winless and hapless Bucs, one win Vikes, hapless and injured Rams and injury ravaged Falcons. Nothing impressive about any of these wins.

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Nov 3, 2013 4:20 PM

    The Panthers are not better than the Saints. Look at who their wins are against.

  5. kingbeason52 says: Nov 3, 2013 4:20 PM

    True we haven’t beat any good teams this season..but the Panthers can’t help what teams we play each week..also we have blown out every bad team we beat..quit trolling Mr. Wright..worry about the sorry Giants

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 4:38 PM

    I’ll worry about watching every game, every week like I always do.

    Facts are facts, Panthers have done nothing impressive. Case closed.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 4:39 PM

    That loss to Arizona is more telling than these last four games.

  8. delhommed says: Nov 3, 2013 4:52 PM

    Who cares about the aints right now… let’s beat the 49ers!

  9. cpstookcromartiesmanhood3 says: Nov 3, 2013 5:33 PM

    Whats telling is that you dont watch every gam. If you did you would know all good teams have a down game. Whats also telling is the Panthers defense is rolling right now. Ask anyreal Seatle fan is we’re for real

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 5:38 PM

    I live in Charlotte. I am subjected to this GAHBIDGE every week, unfortunately.

  11. thundastormz says: Nov 3, 2013 5:38 PM

    Saints got rolled by the Jets…lol

  12. jacobslatter says: Nov 3, 2013 6:01 PM

    It’s gonna take a heap of high draft picks to straighten out this horseshoe, OT – DE- DT- LB- S- RB . Veteran free agents any good will only come to ATL 4 the paycheck so rebuilding mode is in full tow. Too many draft pix haven’t worked out since 2008.

  13. daveon1y says: Nov 3, 2013 7:00 PM

    Any one that says these wins aren’t impressive doesn’t know anything about football. I don’t care who we play, we are not just WINNING we are DOMINATING these teams. This is the NFL. Blowouts don’t come easy, and we are doing just that, blowing these teams out.

  14. grendelg says: Nov 3, 2013 7:28 PM

    Carolina is a good team, which irks me to say as a Falcons fan. I think they have a good chance to catch the Saints since the Saints lost to the Jets today. They’ve got the front 7 to harass any QB all day and the running game to control the clock.

  15. 504in860 says: Nov 3, 2013 9:40 PM

    Not buying it. Losses to the Bills and Cardinals and beating ZERO teams with winning records doesn’t say much. Niners and Pats coming up next. Beat those 2 teams (or even 1) and we’ll see.

  16. jodanjames23 says: Nov 3, 2013 10:47 PM

    Good game from the Panthers. Win the turnover battle next week against the 49ers and we’ll win!

  17. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 10:51 PM

    504in860 says: Nov 3, 2013 9:40 PM

    Not buying it. Losses to the Bills and Cardinals and beating ZERO teams with winning records doesn’t say much. Niners and Pats coming up next. Beat those 2 teams (or even 1) and we’ll see.
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    Correct.

    You can’t talk sense into these idiot Panther fans. They don’t know what a true great team looks like.

  18. jgedgar70 says: Nov 4, 2013 9:15 AM

    I love the double standard. The Chiefs have only beaten 1 team with a winning record, and they’re a Super Bowl contender with the greatest defense ever assembled. The Broncos have only beaten 1 team with a winning record and they’re a Super Bowl contender with the greatest offense ever assembled. The Panthers have no wins against a team with a winning record, but have blown out every team they have beaten by 2 TDs or more, and they’re a fraud. If we’re such a fraud, wouldn’t some of these games be closer? And why is no one crucifying the Falcons for losing to Arizona like we were crucified for losing to them. Has anyone noticed that we aren’t the only team Buffalo has beaten? Has anyone besides Thom Brenaman noticed that we had Seattle beat in game 1 until the fumble?

    Are we title contenders? No. Are we the rotten team everyone on this site seems to think we are? No.

    Bring on the 49ers. Go ahead and scream at the top of your lungs that our D will get rolled by the QB and all his offensive weapons. You screamed the same stuff about the Seahawks. And the Giants. Keep on screaming.

  19. virgiltab says: Nov 4, 2013 10:37 AM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Nov 3, 2013 4:13 PM
    Still waiting for them to beat a team with a winning record. I see a winless Giants, winless and hapless Bucs, one win Vikes, hapless and injured Rams and injury ravaged Falcons. Nothing impressive about any of these wins.

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    “nothing impressive?”

    I’ll just say “do you like Apples? (reference 38-0 victory over your giants). How about them apples!!!

    A win is a win in the NFL. So would you rather have your giants at 5-3 right now against teams not as good or the record you have currently. Point made.

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