Remember When Carolina Was Left For Dead Before the Season Even Started?

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Let’s take a moment and think about what was going on back in August of last year.

Donald Trump began what proved to be a surprisingly worthwhile campaign during the first Republican Presidential DebatePorzingis Mania was a pipe dream, and the Carolina Panthers were basically a lock for a top-five pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Do you remember all that?

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Considering how dominant the now 17-1 Panthers have been this season, it’s crazy to think that Carolina was left for dead before the regular season even kicked off, but that was exactly the case when star wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin went down with a torn ACL.

kelvin benjamin injured and panthers are done

To be honest, I don’t blame experts and fans alike for finding their shovels and burying the Panthers right then and there, especially when you consider what Carolina was rolling with as a wide receiving corps.

  • Jerricho Cotchery – a solid Jets and Steelers castaway on the downside of his career
  • Ted Ginn Jr. – a top-ten pick draft bust that was released by the Arizona Cardinals
  • Devin Funchess – an unproven rookie that was seen as a broke man’s version of Kelvin Benjamin
  • Corey “Philly” Brown – did anyone know who this guy was outside of the Ohio State and Carolina fanbases?

Yikes.

You couple how pathetic Carolina’s passing attack looked going into the season with the fact the Panthers passed on drafting a left tackle early in the 2015 NFL Draft because they felt Michael “My Career Is In The Tubes Because Of A Movie” Oher could protect Cam Newtons *ahem* blind side, you can see why Cam appears to be the runaway choice for MVP this season.

With Carolina on the verge of completing one of the best seasons on NFL history despite the anything-but-lofty expectations heading into the season, now seems like the perfect time to look back at how wrong social media was about the Panthers this year.

Carolina averaged almost two touchdowns more per game than Green Bay this season.

Carolina finished the season 15-1 despite being looked at as one of the lower tier teams heading into the season.

I wonder what her findings looked like.

https://twitter.com/_KLU3_/status/634427749671682048

The Panthers murderdeathkilled the Cowboys to the tune of 33-14. It wasn’t even that close.

https://twitter.com/chi_swag1993/status/634371022603448320

Cam is about to be named MVP.

Carolina led the league in scoring and yards per game. 

15-1, bruh.

Carolina: 15-1

Jacksonville: 5-11

So close.

Yeaaaaah…about that.

At least one Panther fan was irresponsibly optimistic about the season:

Dab on, Carolina. Dab on.

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