In doing the vast research required for the Friday Forecast, I discovered that the Panthers have not played in Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium since Sept. 19, 2004. That’s eight years, two months and, well, a long time ago.
Since then, the Panthers have played in every other NFL city at least once, meaning they’re way overdue for some Kansas City barbecue.
The Panthers won the last time they went to KC, a 28-17 victory that only the record book may remember.
It got me thinking, where haven’t the Panthers won?
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The list is longer than it should be:
Cincinnati: They’ve only played there once, also, but still…
Denver: 0-for-2 there in the pre-Peyton days.
Jacksonville: Being 0-for-2 there is as embarrassing as a high school yearbook photo.
New York Jets: 0-for-2. Too bad there’s not a trip there this season.
Pittsburgh: 0-for-3 there and lost the last two by a combined score of 64-6.
Seattle: The Pacific Northwest has not been kind to the Panthers, who are 0-3 there.
The Panthers also lost in their only visit to Tennessee but that comes with an asterisk since they beat the Titans on the road when they were the Houston Oilers.
CAROLINA at KANSAS CITY: The Panthers should make this trip more often. Panthers 27, Chiefs 17.
SEATTLE at CHICAGO: Maybe it’s just me – it usually is – but it seems the Seahawks are a little better than I think they are and the Bears maybe aren’t as good as they’re supposed to be. That said, I’ll follow the chalk. Bears 26, Seahawks 21.
HOUSTON at TENNESSEE: After taking a foot to his privates from Detroit charmer Ndamukong Suh last weekend, Texans quarterback Matt Schaub fired back, saying the Texans wouldn’t want a player like Suh on their roster because that’s not how they play. The Texans play much better than the Lions play. Texans 33, Titans 13.
NEW ENGLAND at MIAMI: The Patriots have a simple approach – keep scoring until you have enough points to win. Works for them. Patriots 41, Dolphins 21.
JACKSONVILLE at BUFFALO: The Jaguars have won one in a row. That’s their version of a winning streak. Bills 28, Jaguars 20.
INDIANAPOLIS at DETROIT: Barring a meltdown, the Colts are going to make the playoffs. Hard not to feel good about that story with coach Chuck Pagano and quarterback Andrew Luck. Colts 24, Lions 23.
MINNESOTA at GREEN BAY: Are the Packers the NFL version of Kansas State? A terrific quarterback but otherwise overrated? Packers 27, Vikings 24.
SAN FRANCISCO at ST. LOUIS: One view on the growing quarterback issue with the 49ers: Coach Jim Harbaugh knows how good Alex Smith can be. He doesn’t yet know how good Colin Kaepernick can be and he wants to find out. Either way, the 49ers are good enough to win this one. 49ers 29, Rams 14.
ARIZONA at NEW YORK JETS: A self-important Jets fan who nicknamed himself “Fireman Ed” and led fans in the J-E-T-S cheer announced his retirement this week, no doubt to the relief of everyone forced to sit near him who may be heard chanting ‘T-H-A-N-K-S’ this weekend. Jets 13, Cardinals 10.
TAMPA BAY at DENVER: Tempting to pick a Bucs upset here. Nah … Broncos 28, Bucs 20.
PITTSBURGH at BALTIMORE: Didn’t they just do this two weeks ago? Ravens 31, Steelers 7.
CINCINNATI at SAN DIEGO: The Chargers last Sunday found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory again. It’s become one of their strengths. Bengals 31, Chargers 24.
CLEVELAND at OAKLAND: Cricket, cricket … Raiders 26, Browns 21.
PHILADELPHIA at DALLAS: This isn’t the way Andy Reid should have to go out. Cowboys 34, Eagles 17.
NEW YORK GIANTS at WASHINGTON: Everybody is in love with the Redskins and RG3 again. I’m not sure I want to go steady with them. Giants 27, Redskins 17.
Last week: 7-6