Panthers hoping to follow Chiefs' lead

Ron Rivera is hoping to follow in his former boss' footsteps.

After their 1-5 start, the Panthers face next-to-impossible playoff odds following last season's Super Bowl run. Since 1990, only one of 92 teams that started the season 1-5 have rebounded to make the playoffs. That team? The 2015 Kansas City Chiefs, who finished the year 11-5 and earned a wild card berth.

Their head coach? Andy Reid, who Rivera was a defensive assistant under in Philadelphia from 1999-2003.

"We've got an opportunity to do something that was done last year," Rivera said following the team's final practice before an extended break for its bye. "That's what we're working for, to put ourselves in position, so we'll see what happens."

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In order to repeat the Chiefs' success last season, Carolina will have to go through Kansas City. The two teams are set to meet Week 10. That future matchup prevented Rivera from reaching out to his former boss.

"I thought about it, but since we play him in the future, I really didn't want to," Rivera said. "But knowing coach and trying to figure out what he did, I think I've got a little bit of a handle of it. They were an intriguing team last year and once coach got the ship righted, they got it going. So I'm excited about who we can be, but we'll take it one at a time."

History shows NFL teams that begin a season 1-5 have a one percent chance of making the playoffs.

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