. . . of the schedule that is. Before the season, I had been hoping for a fast start. Yes, this is faster than I thought, but we are getting to the crux of the biscuit here. Carolina, Seattle, Green Bay, Baltimore, and N’Awlins are coming up. Plus those pesky Cardinals. Always tough at home.
As we sit, perched above the NFC with our 6-0 record, how many of these next 7 games can we win? I’d be very happy to set the baseline with 2 wins over AZ and go from there. Carolina is an interesting matchup because undrafted QB Kyle Allen is playing so well, there are whispers out of North Carolina that they should trade Cam Newton as soon as he’s healthy, and ride the lightning that is Kyle. They are 4-0 (after Cam’s 0-2 start) under Kyle, and the offense is clicking al all cylinders. RB phenom Christian MCCaffrey is tearing up the league with 900+ all-purpose yards (618 rushing), and Allen leading the way with 7 TDs and no picks.
Defensively they are tearing up the league. They lead the league with 27 sacks. Their DEs Mario Addison and Brian Burns have 11 between them, and 5 other guys with 2 or more sacks. They are 2nd in interceptions with 9. However, their run defense is a bit shakey as they give up 120 yards per game on the ground. So I guess if there is a weakness, we can exploit that.
So, starting with this one, since it is at home, and we have a new weapon, I think we win a close one, 30-28.