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Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense16th127.2 (7th)219.4 (19th)
Defense10th112.0 (16th)227.8 (11th)
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The offense doesn't excite all that much, even with Cam Newton trying his best to carry it, but the defense will again be the key to their success. Playing in a bad division will help.
The Panthers took a strange approach to the draft, not taking an offensive lineman with their first two picks, but they still remain the team to beat in the NFC South.
They didn't do much in free agency, but that's not what GM Dave Gettleman believes is the way to build a team. They have to improve the offensive line in the draft.
The defense really grew up as the season moved along, but now they have to get better on offense. Cam Newton needs more help outside.
Cam Newton toughed it out against the Browns and now can get his team to the playoffs by beating the Falcons. They've improved late in the season on both sides of the ball.
The Panthers control their playoff fate. Will Cam Newton be back this week?
At 4-8-1, they saved their playoff hopes by blowing out the Saints on the road. Where has that been all season?
If Ron Rivera didn't get a contract extension after last season, is he gone? They have regressed in a big way.
Their season spiraled downward quickly. But they are far from done in a bad division coming off their bye.
They look like a team that is finished. Cam Newton is playing hurt, and the offensive line stinks.
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