At 11-0, the Carolina Panthers are the last remaining unbeaten in the NFL. But will they actually go 16-0? Will they actually run the table?
“Well, I know we think we can do it,” Panthers defensive end Kony Ealy said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Obviously we’re not going to be cocky about it, but we have very high confidence in what we’re going to go out there and do. Coach (Ron) Rivera is the same way. We’re just high-confident people and the coaches that we have around here builds that within us. We have the right attitude, the right leadership. We approach everything as if it’s a game situation, so I have no doubt in my mind that we’re prepared to do what we need to do to get out there and run the table.”
The Panthers rank third in the league in both scoring offense (30.2 points per game) and scoring defense (18.6 points allowed per game). The offensive numbers may be a bit surprising, but the defensive ones certainly are not. That’s when happens when you play for a coach like the defensive-minded Rivera.
“Man, you’re talking about a guy that’s been there,” said Ealy, who has 5.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery on the season. “He’s won the Super Bowl. He knows what it takes. He’s been in so many different situations, whether it’s winning, whether it’s having an average season – period, he knows what it takes. He’s a players’ coach, so he knows how to get to his players. He know show to get the most out of us. The guy’s incredible, so yeah, I’m very fortunate to have a coach like that.”
The Panthers play the Saints (4-7) in New Orleans this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET. The Saints have lost three straight and were held without a touchdown last week against the Texans.