Joe Gibbs believes Panthers can go undefeated

LAS VEGAS (AP) Joe Gibbs believes the Carolina Panthers can become only the second undefeated team in NFL history.

The three-time Super Bowl winning coach said he's seen Carolina play twice this year and is impressed with its level of play.

''What they are, and I think they will have a chance for this reason, they are not winning it by skill plays or getting lucky on stuff,'' Gibbs said Thursday. ''They are pounding people. Sometimes, when they don't play as well, they beat you up. They have a good defense. Defense always leads you. They've got a quarterback making all kinds of plays. I think they are going to be hard to beat.''

The Panthers are 11-0 and close out the season at New Orleans, with two games against Atlanta, at the New York Giants and home against Tampa Bay. Only the 1972 Miami Dolphins completed a perfect season, going 14-0 in the regular season and winning the Super Bowl.

Gibbs, now a NASCAR team owner, said the Panthers' task will be keeping their intensity level high over the final five weeks of the regular season.

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