Panthers Press Forward, Prepare for Dolphins and Chance for 7-ga -

Rivera says the Panthers won't get caught up in their own hype

Panthers Press Forward, Prepare for Dolphins and Chance for 7-game Win Streak

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Charlotte, NC - The Carolina Panthers are for real. That point was proven last week, in their 10-9 win on the road, over the San Francisco 49ers. It was hammered home on Monday Night Football, thanks to a 24-20 victory over the New England Patriots, at Bank of America Stadium.

With the win, the Panthers have now claimed six consecutive victories -- their longest streak since a similar run in 2005 -- and they've improved to 7-3 on the season.

Now, the task of Ron Rivera is to make sure his team remains focused.  No getting caught up in their own hoopla. No reading their own press clippings. No watching their own highlights. The focus has to stay on the next game. As Rivera has said all season, it's the most important game "because it's the next game on our schedule."

"Not to brush anyone off, but that's the way I want to approach it," Rivera said Tuesday. "I want to try to do everything I can to make sure we stay focused on the task at hand, and that's taking care of our own business, and it starts with the very next game."

The very next game is a road tilt with the Miami Dolphins. Miami is 5-5 on the season, good for second place in the AFC East, and right in the thick of a muddled AFC Wildcard chase.

Carolina, meanwhile, remains a game behind the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South hunt. The Saints are 8-2, after a 23-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The two teams will meet twice in a three-week span, in mid-December (December 8th and 22nd).
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