Jonathan Stewart to remain Panthers starting RB

Though the Panthers ended the regular season 7-8-1 and won a horrible NFC South, they're not exactly a team others want to play right now.

Riding a four-game winning streak, Carolina demolished Atlanta in the regular-season finale to put itself in the postseason. A big reason of that goes to running back Jonathan Stewart, who has emerged in recent weeks to carry more of a load with DeAngelo Williams out with a hand injury.

Over the past four weeks, Stewart has averaged 100 yards per game and has totaled five touchdowns on the ground. Therefore, according to The Charlotte Observer, Stewart will remain the No. 1 back, even with Williams cleared to go this week.

The Panthers are riding a lot of momentum and could be a dangerous team since they host Arizona at home. But keep in mind, their four wins have come against New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Atlanta. It's not like they were beating world beaters.

At the same time, getting hot at the right time in the NFL can do a lot for confidence. And the Panthers certainly have that going their way at the moment.

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