The Carolina Panthers aren’t an excellent workforce. They’re one of many worst groups within the NFL the truth is. They’re trotting out a former XFL quarterback as their starter. They misplaced Christian McCaffrey and Robbie Anderson. They don’t make the most of DJ Moore. They’re one among solely two groups to have undergone a head teaching change this yr. They’re close to the underside of the league in whole offense, whole protection, and passer score. But, in some way, taking part in them in 2022 is unhealthy information on your future.
See, this season, each workforce to have performed the Carolina Panthers has misplaced the next week. In Week 1, the Baker Mayfield revenge recreation was thwarted by the Cleveland Browns and Jacoby Brissett. The Browns wound up shedding to Joe Flacco and the New York Jets in Week 2. The loss was devastating as Cleveland led by two scores with a minute and a half to go within the recreation. In Week 2, the New York Giants beat the Panthers 19-16. In Week 3, they misplaced their residence opener to the Dallas Cowboys. In Week 4, the Saints misplaced to Minnesota. The Cardinals misplaced to Philadelphia the next week. The 49ers ought to’ve had a straightforward win in opposition to Atlanta in Week 6. Marcus Mariota had top-of-the-line video games of his profession as they trounced San Fran, 28-14. You’d assume the Rams can be secure as a result of they performed Carolina in Week 6 and had a bye Week 7, however the second Los Angeles returned to the sphere, even with a well-rested squad, they couldn’t keep away from the curse. The 49ers demolished them.
Opponents are 0-9 this season in video games instantly following a matchup with the Panthers. In Week 11, there are two groups on the chopping block: the Falcons and the Bengals. The Bengals performed Carolina two weeks in the past, however their bye was Week 10. The Falcons play Chicago and the Bengals play in Pittsburgh.
Chicago-Atlanta is a recreation that might go both means. Positive, Justin Fields has been crimson sizzling, however the Falcons appear to be a workforce that simply doesn’t go away. They battle and scrap and so long as Marcus Mariota performs decently, Atlanta stays shut and generally pulls out wins they’re not speculated to. On the opposite aspect, the Bengals completely mustn’t lose to Pittsburgh. Tennessee Titans’ working again Derrick Henry has as many passing touchdowns as Steelers’ quarterback Kenny Pickett. The Bengals are well-rested and though they’re taking part in on the street, the Bengals are objectively a significantly better workforce. That stated, Pittsburgh has crushed Cincinnati as soon as already this yr, due to 4 interceptions from Joe Burrow. That’s the one recreation that Burrow has ever thrown 4 interceptions in. You may’t count on that very same form of luck by way of turnovers when you’re the Steelers, and contemplating that Cincinnati nonetheless took Pittsburgh to additional time in that recreation is indicative of how a lot the Steelers want bounces to go their means with a view to come away with a victory.
So, if the curse is true and there may be the truth is some voodoo girl in Raleigh with a factor for rapid retribution for standing up in opposition to her Panthers, which groups profit essentially the most and least? Properly, clearly, any workforce that performs a really sturdy workforce after the Panthers can be grateful the curse is wasted on a recreation they in all probability would’ve misplaced regardless. The Denver Broncos play in Baltimore Week 13 after taking part in Carolina in Week 12. The Seahawks play the Panthers in Week 14 after which get their second matchup in opposition to San Francisco. The 49ers already gained their first matchup, so Seattle in all probability isn’t too thrilled about going into the sport that might decide the division winner with an additional handicap. So, with that stated, I believe the 49ers are the largest beneficiaries, even when they already suffered the curse earlier this yr.
I believe the workforce that must be essentially the most upset although are the Detroit Lions. Yeah, they’re not nice, however they’ve gained two straight divisional video games. Even when they will’t attain the playoffs, Lions’ followers would love the chance to enjoy the truth that they swept each the Bears and Packers in the identical season. Properly, guess who the Lions play instantly after going through Carolina in Week 16. That’s proper, the Chicago Bears. Fortunately, this recreation will likely be in Detroit, but when the curse is certainly actual, then it gained’t matter. Detroit will lose that recreation after which go into Week 18 with none momentum for his or her ultimate recreation of the season in opposition to… you guessed it! The Inexperienced Bay Packers. That’s robust sledding.
Fortunately, this curse shouldn’t have any impact on the playoffs. The Panthers play the Saints within the ultimate weeks of the season, and barring any miraculous turnaround, the Saints gained’t be collaborating in that mid-January rumble. They’re final within the NFC South and nonetheless must face the 49ers, Bucs, Deshaun Watson-led Browns, and Eagles, all of which will likely be on the street. If by some miracle the Saints do make it to the postseason although, be prepared for disappointment within the Bayou. It gained’t be a Cinderella story for lengthy.