Yes, I really had the Panthers 9-3 in Sept.

December, 4, 2013
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- I've been reminded by more than a few of you about my Sept. 21 post in which I suggested the 0-2 Carolina Panthers had a chance to go 10-6.

I've been reminded that I had the Panthers at 9-3 heading into this week's game at New Orleans, albeit I had them losing at San Francisco and beating Arizona. The Panthers, winners of a franchise-record eight straight games that includes a win at Frisco, are 9-3.

I also said it probably wouldn't happen.

I also had Carolina going 1-3 down the stretch to finish 10-6.

If you want to revisit that, here's the link.

But since the Panthers are where I suggested they could be in a best-case scenario, it seems appropriate to re-evaluate the stretch run. That 1-3 mark doesn't seem realistic based on the way they are playing.

So here's a revised look at the final four games:
  • At New Orleans (9-3): The Saints are almost unbeatable at home, particularly at night -- 12 straight and 15 of the last 16. But as ESPN.com Saints reporter Mike Triplett reminded us in one of his posts, they'd won nine straight "Monday Night Football" games before a 34-7 setback to Seattle. Win -- 10-3.
  • New York Jets (5-7): This team is a mess. Win -- 11-3.
  • New Orleans (9-3): Best weather forecast I could get this far in advance says rainy periods, warm then cool. Could be like the Seattle weather on Monday. Win -- 12-3.
  • At Atlanta (3-9): The Falcons are making offseason plans. W -- 13-3.

I'll hedge this the way I hedged the September forecast, saying it probably won't happen.

Then I'll be reminded about that.

David Newton | email

ESPN Carolina Panthers reporter

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