Ravens defensive end Chris Canty likes the Panthers and Patriots to reach the Super Bowl, and thinks the Patriots might blow out the Broncos in the AFC Championship.
“If they (the Broncos) are going to have any chance in this game, they’re going to have to run the ball,” Canty said on ESPN’s 98.7 “Hahn and Humpty” radio show in New York, featuring Alan Hahn and former Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro.
“That’s kind of how I see the Denver Broncos having a fighting chance, a puncher’s chance so to speak in this ball game. I’m favoring the Patriots. I think this is kind of a 31-13 ballgame. I kind of see it that way. The Patriots are not going to make the mistakes. They’re going to protect the football, they’re going to score points. The Denver Broncos haven’t been able to really score points effectively, efficiently.”
In the NFC championship game, Canty likes the Panthers largely because he believes quarterback Cam Newton will handle the big stage better than Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.
“Cam Newton, you look at what he went through in junior college, playing and winning the national championship, seeing what he did at Auburn, playing and winning in the national championship, I think he’s proven that the moment isn’t too big for him,” Canty said.
“Carson has had a great season. He’s right up there as far as the MVP talks and all of those things. But when you look at some of the throws that he made in that game against Green Bay? Those are some of the plays that give me pause when it comes to his performance moving forward in these big games. And that’s been his rep. A quarterback that plays really well in the regular season, but doesn’t necessarily perform in big games.”
Canty won a Super Bowl with the Giants (2011), and has only played on one losing team in 11 NFL seasons. He knows a little something about winning football. We’ll see if Canty’s instincts regarding the conference championship games are correct.
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