Thursday’s game between the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints will introduce another collection of the Nike Color Rush uniforms. The panthers will be playing at home, so their uniforms will be all-blue. These special uniforms debut last year, on Thanksgiving Day, when the Panthers played the Dallas Cowboys. Being the opposing away team, the Saints’ uniforms will be all-white. Most of the NFL teams have had a similar look, all season. A great plus is that 100% of the Color Rush jersey sales will go directly to the nonprofit NFL Foundation, which funds safety, wellness, and health programs for youth. The NFL Foundation comprises all 32 clubs and funds grants that support youth football, athletes, and the communities.
The Panthers are in a totally different situations than last year. They now have to fight to become one of only four other teams that have been able to make it to the playoffs, following a 3-6 start of the season. In 1994, it was the New England Patriots that ended the season with a 10-6 record. The 1995 Lions were 10-6, 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars were 9-7, and the 2012 Washington Redskins were 10-6. Three of the four teams went on a seven-game winning streak to get into the playoffs. Out of the four, the Jaguars were able to win one playoff game, but loss in the AFC championship game.
This means that it isn’t possible to turn around, but it will definitely be challenging. With a 3-6 record, the Panthers are only two games behind, but they have to dominate for the remainder of the season if they want to play in the postseason. It will definitely be a challenge tonight, because they are going up against an offense that is ranked third in the NFL. And, Brees just signed a new contract that guarantees $44 million for the next two seasons, so it might be feeling very good.