CHARLOTTE Cheap Adrian Clayborn Jersey , N.C. — The Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers are in similar situations as they meet for the first time this season on Sunday.
The Panthers probably have an idea of what the Falcons are going through.
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“The hangover, it’s difficult. It really is,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said, knowing his team went through it last year. “That’s difficult, and that’s hard. Unfortunately, we went through it, and now they’re dealing with it.”
The Falcons (4-3) have dealt with some puzzling results this season, but there is still time to put it together.
The Panthers (5-3) had a miserable 2016, the season after losing to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.
“Just knowing that disappointment, it sticks with you,” Rivera said. “You’ve just got to work past it.”
While the Panthers are going through a range of emotion with the trade of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin this week to the Buffalo Bills Cheap Vincent Valentine Jersey , the Falcons are trying to go about things with a business-as-usual approach.
“We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us, but like every other week, it comes down to us,” Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan said. “Our preparation has to be the same. … There will be opportunities like every game. When we do get our chances, you’ve got to make the plays. That will be the case against Carolina.”
These teams are contending in the NFC South. The Falcons, who will play their first division game of the season, snapped a three-game losing streak last week while the Panthers broke a two-game skid.
Even with the Panthers altering their depth chart at receiver, that shouldn’t change much about how the Falcons view the situation this week, Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said.
“They’re equipped playing without (Benjamin) having done it before,” Quinn said, referring to Carolina’s successful 2015 season without the then-injured receiver.
But for the Panthers Cheap Trey Flowers Jersey , the trade has been the main topic for a couple of days.
“When I get outside of my emotional state, I think like everything will be normal,” Carolina quarterback Cam Newton said. “I don’t want to dwell on that. It’s done. It’s over with. … You’ve just got to be a professional about it. You’ve just got to roll with the punches.”
“You think Atlanta care about that?” Newton said.
The Panthers are counting on an upgrade of speed on the perimeter to help their passing attack. Rivera said that is something that was lacking at times.
“We haven’t stretched the field this year,” Rivera said. “Now.