Carolina Panthers: 2013 Week 2 NFL Buzz

It's easy to point to a five-game stretch on the schedule, beginning in Week 6 with trips to Cincinnati and Green Bay, followed by home games against Seattle and New Orleans and a visit to Philadelphia. Those teams were a combined 53-26-1 last season, with four winning their division and all five making the playoffs. However, I'm going to go with the first four games, at Tampa Bay, home against Detroit and Pittsburgh and at Baltimore. The Carolina Panthers have started 1-3 in each of their past three seasons. Another slow start followed by the five-game stretch above and they're done.

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Locker Room Buzz: Carolina Panthers

September, 15, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Observed in the locker room after the Carolina Panthers' 24-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills:

Wounded: Two of Carolina's starting defensive backs, free safety Charles Godfrey (Achilles) and strong safety Quintin Mikell (ankle), left the locker room on crutches and wearing a boot cast. Neither is sure about his future this season. "Stuff like this is kind of out of your control," Godfrey said.

Silent: Starting cornerback Captain Munnerlyn sat on his stool, staring blankly into space. "We had the game," he finally said. "No timeouts. Eighty yards. And they scored a touchdown. It's crazy."

Defensive: Wide receiver Steve Smith angrily interrupted when running back DeAngelo Williams was asked whether the Panthers should have gone for the first down instead of a field goal on fourth-and-1 with 1:48 remaining and Buffalo out of timeouts. "It was the right decision," he said. "I don't care what you think. You're sitting up there in the press box."

Defiant: Quarterback Cam Newton, after taking almost an hour to shower and dress, tried his best to live up to his captain role. "We've got a bunch of relentless guys on our team," he said. "As far as quitting, there will be none of that at all."