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Friday, September 30, 2011
Experts: Panthers have no chance

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

When it comes to the Week 4 NFC South games, ESPN’s panel of experts is in total agreement.

In each of the four games, the call is unanimous. All the panelists have the Saints defeating the Jaguars, the Falcons beating the Seahawks, the Buccaneers winning against the Colts and the Panthers losing to the Bears.

I’m in total agreement on the Saints and Buccaneers. I also think the Falcons should win, but Seattle is a tough venue and Atlanta still is trying to find its identity, so anything is possible.

The one game I can really see going the other way is Carolina at Chicago. Yeah, I know the Bears are the better team on paper and they’re playing at home. But Chicago’s got some issues, mainly its pass protection. Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy might be able to get after Jay Cutler.

This game also means a lot to Carolina coach Ron Rivera, who played for the Bears and was dismissed as their defensive coordinator a few years back. He’ll have his team ready and we know the Panthers can score some points now that they have Cam Newton.

I don’t make predictions, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Carolina pulls off an upset.