Welcome back to the 2018 edition of Step UP

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Welcome back to the 2018 edition of Step UP

Postby chenyan94 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:37 am

or Step OUT Fozzy Whittaker Color Rush Jersey , a series on CSR that is intended to look at players who are playing well and highlight a few that need to step their game up. Think of it as a heat index for the Carolina Panthers; guys who are playing well are stepping up and those who aren’t need to improve their game or. . . step out.This week we’ll look at some guys that nearly willed us to victory in the stinker against Washington. The others mentioned, need to play better or maybe just step out of the way and let someone else take over.Steppin’ UPJames BradberryHeat Rating: Nachos with a hefty helping of hot queso covering themIn year three, it really appears that James Bradberry has taken a turn for the better and is developing into a solid starting corner for the team. I wouldn’t say he is particularly opportunistic from a turnover perspective, nor is he a “shutdown” guy, but to date he has done a fine job covering most of the people he’s been assigned to in this more man-based coverage scheme. Particularly on Sunday, he was on his guys like glue, breaking up passes and nearly notching an interception. Hopefully this will continue for the rest of the season.Devin FunchessHeat Rating: The hood of your black car in the bright Charlotte sunlightQuentin Dunbar, you sir, got Mossed by Devin Funchess.Criticized at times for unsure hands or not muscling up on a tough catch that should be easy for him, every once in a while Devin Funchess will flash some ability that makes you realize why the Carolina Panthers think highly of their fourth year player. On Sunday Rashaan Gaulden Jersey , he made what was easily the catch of the day along with his typical 70 yards receiving. Particularly, it seems like he and Cam Newton have developed a nice chemistry, which should lead to more red zone targets in the future.Thomas DavisHeat Rating: A thermite grenade ready to explodeWhile it wasn’t all perfect in the Mayor of Charlotte’s first day back, he certainly played with the intensity we’ve come to expect of him. Davis made several key plays in coverage, and while his tackling and gap discipline weren’t all there, it was good to see number 58 back on the field. Going forward, he’ll probably be looking to avenge his first game back being a loss, and the Philadelphia Eagles don’t have any Adrian Peterson types on the roster.Steppin’ OUTD.J. MooreCold Rating: Gas station sushi that you rationalize eating because you saw the clerk set it outOn the one hand, you don’t want to discourage a player like D.J. Moore from trying to make things happen. His strength truly is what he can do with the ball in his hands, whether that is fielding a punt Thomas Davis Color Rush Jersey , catching a pass, or on a designed run. In order to make that a boon for his NFL career, you have to preach ball security. On his punt return, he held that thing out like a loaf of bread ready for the wolves to snatch it, and they happily obliged. On the reception, it was more of an excellent play by Josh Norman than the fault of the rookie, but credit to the coaches for keeping him in the game and rebuilding his confidence. He ended up with a decent day as a receiver, just clean up the mistakes rook!Chris ClarkCold Rating: When your friend leaves the sliding glass door open in winterChris Clark has done a very commendable job filling in for the Panthers at left tackle after starting the season without a team at all. That said, the jury is still very much out on whether the Panthers should keep him at left tackle when Kalil is ready to go. Right now, I would say that the line is geling https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/Cameron-Artis-Payne-Jersey , and you’d hate to break up the party. On the other hand, and throw fruit at me if you want, I think there is a reasonable case that Matt Kalil would be the better player. Clark allowed an alarming five pressures on Sunday, even with help from running backs or tight ends, including two on the crucial final drive.Ron RiveraCold Rating: Ice cream tossed in liquid nitrogen, then forgotten about.The Panthers had an entire three quarters to dig themselves out of the hole created by their turnovers, but yet, Ron Rivera continued to allow the team to play as if they were nursing a lead. Walker addressed it perfectly in his Monday Morning Optimist column, but it merits noting here again. The coaching was gutless. The play calling was ultra conservative. Too many talented playmakers saw very little in the way of game action. Overall, no one is really happy with the team right now https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/J.J.-Jansen-Jersey , and the icing on the cake is not trusting your cyborg quarterback to get a half yard for you on fourth down at midfield. The natives are restless, and the new sheriff (David Tepper) might be inclined to go in a more aggressive direction. Last week I wondered how Washington could be favored over the Panthers. While I doubt the odds makers foresaw the 3-0 turnover differential, Washington and quarterback Alex Smith proved to be a tough opponent for the Panthers. Without the turnovers or with a little better decision making down the stretch and they might have pulled this one out. Actually I know they would have pulled it out. If only the Panthers had scored they would have a much better attitude about the team. I also would have won my parlay bet. I was dead on with my other two picks. The Chiefs 40-43 loss to the Patriots covered the 3.5 point spread nicely and the underdog Steelers (+2) won outright over the Bengals on the road. So maybe we can all blame me for the Panthers loss last Sunday in Washington because I violated my number one rule.Rule No. 1: Never bet on the Panthers to winI violated my own rule and it cost me $20, or maybe the $140 I would have won if I had made a better third pick in my three team parlay bet. Which brings me to Week 7 but please know betting on the Panthers game over/under is not a rule. Why not? It is certainly the game I have the best feel for how many points might be scored. The over/under is 45 points.TopBet.euMy gut feeling is to take the over 45 but since I’m still sunburned from last week I think I will look elsewhere to fill my three team parlay bet. I do think the Panthers offense will match their season average of 24 points but I can’t see the defense holding the Eagles under 30 points. I’m thinking something like 31-24 Eagles.Derek Anderson (DA) anyone?Anderson is going to start in Buffalo on the road against the Colts as 7.5 point dogs. Since he has a full week to prepare I think DA will light it up...for half the game. The Buffalo defense is playing much better and the Colts offense is struggling due to injuries. While I like the Bills +7.5 I also like the under of 43.5. I feel better about the under here so will go with that.My next selection is Chiefs (-6) over the Bengals. The Chiefs will be eager to put their loss to the Patriots behind them and so I see an easy seven point win or more. Other picks I like:I really like the Texans +5 at Jacksonville. They have won three in a row and Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson is playing much better.I also question the Saints +2 at Baltimore. Talk about no respect. Or might it just be the Ravens are a different, and much better, team at home. The Cowboys are getting two points in Washington but I like the over 41.5 points better. Yes these are two of the better scoring defenses in the league but I think offense will rule the day. So in summary I’m going with this:So what do you think? Are you going to throw in a bet too?

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