Before being 8-0 with their 37-29 gut-check win over acknowledged upper-tier team Green Bay and All That QB, Aaron Rodgers, the Truth was, many Charlotte fans/locals were still looking for a semi-sign (gotta be careful about this...) these Panthers were actually *that* good.

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Sorry, there might not be any room left for the pulchritude bum-rushing the Panther bandwagon, because that question was answered with 'double-checked' positivity.  Newton's SOARING hang-time stretch over the goal line, *that's* what we're talkin' 'bout here.

 And people everywhere, that defense is *real*. Beyond any gushing analysts put on their continued high standard of play in lauding linebackers Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly, they often seem unblockable.

Newton soars for dunk at goal line; 3 TDs passing.
Newton soars for dunk at goal line; 3 TDs passing.

Add (Mr. October, Defensive POMonth) Kewann Short to that duo, oh, and that SECONDARY-- be still our hearts! Josh and Roland (Norman, Harper), 'Peanut' (Tillmon) and Benwikere. Capt. Kuechly finished the Colts with an overtime interception last Monday night, so Davis capped the victory Sunday with a 4th-and-goal pick of Rodgers.

 For anyone who expected the Packers to make a strong second half run, especially with Randall Cobb breaking two tackles on a 53 yd.

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catch-run with one minute gone, on the Panther sidelines there was calmness every step of the way. Keeping Rodgers 25/48, 376 yd, 4 TD stat line manageable was the goal, and if he didn't look his sharpest, five sacks would certainly have something to do with that.

Both teams provided offensive fireworks, Cam Newton's connection with top-pick wide receiver, Devin Funchess on a 59-yd. bomb, and the final TD (37-14) to the rookie, in his 15/30, 297 yd., 3 TD day, made this a complete team victory.

All the Panther receivers contributed, an upward trending offensive fact, but further blossoming (39 total catches in 2015) of 'Philly' Brown, Funchess, and Jerricho Cotchery, as dependable DEEP receivers would be trouble for secondaries across the NFL-- Newton has arm enough for any throw.

For fans concerned Kelvin Benjamin's pre-season injury might stop a productive passing connection, TE Greg Olsen continues to get his catches (37/15.8 avg.- 5th TD of season on career #500) at All-Pro level, Ted Ginn, Jr.

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has 21 (17.3 avg./3TD). Jon Stewart is a sledgehammer running back, and Newtons yardage (57 this week, 343 for year) and conversion on 3rd downs have been central to Panthers having numerous time-controlling drives during three high profile games in a row.

'Finishing games' has been a concern in the past-- Colts came from down 17 before losing in OT-- but Rodgers 4th quarter numbers weren't surgical shredding level. Clearly there was no panic from Panthers-- not when it became a one-score game (37-29) with 3:43 left, not when Pack was 4th-goal with less that 2:00 in the game and Davis picked him.

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