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Revenge is best served cold

I’m sure Jake Delhomme and the rest of the Carolina Panthers are feeling pretty good about themselves right now. After a 34-21 victory against the same Arizona Cardinals team that made them look flat-out silly last January in the second round of the NFC playoffs, Delhomme and the cats from Charlotte came out running wild (literally — they had 270 yards rushing as a team) and never looked back as they did just enough to hold the high-powered Cardinals offense in check all afternoon, forcing Cardinals’ QB Kurt Warner to throw 5 interceptions and lose 1 fumble (ironically the same turnover stats that Delhomme had in the infamous playoff meltdown game last January).

This win couldn’t have come at a better time for the Panthers, who at 3-4 are a long-shot to make the playoffs, but are still mathematically alive in the chase for one of the two wild-card spots in the NFC. The real test for this team will come next week when they must travel down to the bayou and take on the NFC South division leading (and currently, as of this writing, undefeated) New Orleans Saints — where they will face a high-powered offense (the NFL-leading offense, to be more specific) led by gunslinging quarterback Drew Brees and his band of merry receivers, and a running game filled with high-quality backs who have a nose for the end zone.

If the Panthers are to have any real chance at the playoffs this season (and, in turn, a Super Bowl victory) — they must continue to play with the same passion and gusto that they showed on the field today against the Cardinals. This task will not be easy though, because they still have one of the toughest schedules in the NFL with games against the Saints, Patriots, Vikings, Jets, and Giants remaining on the docket.

Will the Panthers make the playoffs? It’s hard to tell at this point. But, while they do have that question on their hearts and minds every waking moment, I’m confident that for just a few moments today they took the time to think about one thing, and that one thing is the sweet taste of revenge that they enjoyed on the field today in Glendale.

Revenge — it’s best served cold, and I’m sure that Delhomme and the rest of the Panthers will enjoy the taste of it on their palate for the next few days, until it’s time to get back to work and figure out a way to take down New Orleans and get back in the playoff race.

  1. LestersLegends
    2 November 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Huge win. Warner was Delhomme like. That running game is NASTY.

  2. bwsmith25
    3 November 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Yes — the running game was in beast mode all day. I'm glad the coaching staff finally decided to use it the way it is supposed to be used.

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