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Oh, Man, The Panthers Might Actually Do This

"The Second Half" this week ponders whether Carolina can finish with a perfect season.

No football team has been more fun to watch this season than the Carolina Panthers, who are now 11-0 after back-to-back demolitions of Washington and Dallas. The Panthers, led by quarterback Cam Newton, are still five wins away from an undefeated regular season. On this week's "The Second Half" podcast, HuffPost sports reporter Travis Waldron and NFL veteran Donté Stallworth wonder whether Carolina might just be able to do it (Steph Curry is a believer).

The Panthers haven't started talking publicly about an unblemished regular season, but with a relatively weak remaining schedule, it's at least starting to look possible. Even if they do stumble, Carolina could clinch the NFC South as soon as this Sunday, and they have a two-game advantage on Arizona in the race for home field advantage in the playoffs. So, the Panthers are looking pretty good and having a ton of fun in the process.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (left) and teammates Michael Oher and Mike Tolbert enjoy a 33-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (left) and teammates Michael Oher and Mike Tolbert enjoy a 33-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

Also on this week's podcast: Sports reporter Jessica Luther discusses "The Hunting Ground," a documentary that explores sexual assault on college campuses and focuses on a case involving former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (that starts at 24:00). Plus, Travis and Donté talk the NFL's concussion policies in the wake of Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's head injury and the most recent CTE diagnosis (go to the 9:00 mark for that). 

This podcast was produced, edited and engineered by Peter James Callahan and Adriana Usero, with assistance from Christine Conetta.

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