The Carolina Panthers were thrilled to get the first-round bye in the NFL playoffs because it meant one less game between them and the Super Bowl. They were also very grateful for it because it allowed a number of players to fully heal up.
The Carolina Panthers have had an extra week off to prepare for their first playoff game in years, but they haven’t taken the time off from preparing. They have been focusing on whichever team they may face and they are looking to be a team that is not only good, but one that is feared.
After 8 grueling weeks in the National Football League, all players have some sort of injury or ailment that will attempt to hamper their play. And this has traditionally been the time in the regular season where you can separate the pretender teams from the contending teams.