Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th131.4 (5th)192.3 (28th)
Defense7th88.1 (4th)229.1 (18th)

Schedule

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Wed Aug 9
W 27 - 17HOU
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Sat Aug 19
L 27 - 34@TEN
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Thu Aug 24
W 24 - 23@JAC
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Thu Aug 31
L 14 - 17PIT
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Sun Sep 10
W 23 - 3@SF
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Sun Sep 17
W 9 - 3BUF
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Sun Sep 24
L 13 - 34NO
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Sun Oct 1
W 33 - 30@NE
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Sun Oct 8
W 27 - 24@DET
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Thu Oct 12
L 23 - 28PHI
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Sun Oct 22
L 3 - 17@CHI
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Sun Oct 29
W 17 - 3@TB
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Sun Nov 5
W 20 - 17ATL
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Mon Nov 13
W 45 - 21MIA
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Sun Nov 26
W 35 - 27@NYJ
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Sun Dec 3
L 21 - 31@NO
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Sun Dec 10
W 31 - 24MIN
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Sun Dec 17
W 31 - 24GB
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Sun Dec 24
W 22 - 19TB
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Sun Dec 31
L 10 - 22@ATL
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Sun Jan 7
L 26 - 31@NO
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Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
New Orleans11-5-04-2-0
Carolina11-5-03-3-0
Atlanta10-6-04-2-0
Tampa Bay5-11-01-5-0
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Panthers' Graham Gano: Likely to receive franchise tag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gano is likely to receive the franchise tag from the Panthers, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

Gano is coming off a strong 2017, which saw him hit 29-of-30 field goals, with his only miss coming from more than 50 yards. He's been with the team for the past six seasons and the team can keep him around for a seventh year at $4.8 million by using the tag.

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Panthers' Julius Peppers: Carolina or bust
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Peppers (shoulder) is "leaning toward" playing in 2018 but isn't thought to have interest in signing with a team other than Carolina, Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Peppers -- who was born in North Carolina and attended both high school and college in the state -- spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Panthers after the team selected him in the first round of the 2002 draft. He was a force to be reckoned with during his time there, earning the 2002 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award along with two first-team All-Pro (2004, 2006) and two second-team All-Pro selections (2008, 2009). After spending the subsequent seven seasons of his career with Chicago and Green Bay, Peppers returned to the Panthers in 2017 and proved he still has plenty left in the tank after tying for the team lead with 11 sacks. While the 38-year-old free agent is approaching what could be his 17th season in the NFL and just underwent shoulder surgery to address an undisclosed injury he's reportedly been playing with for "quite a while," it would seemingly be a mutually beneficial decision for the storied defensive end to return for another season in a role as a situational pass rusher.

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Panthers' Greg Olsen: Won't require follow-up surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Olsen said earlier this month that he won't require any follow-up procedures during the offseason on his surgically repaired right foot, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Olsen fractured his foot in a Week 2 game after the Bills and returned from injured reserve in Week 12 to play 24 snaps in a win over the Jets, only to suffer a setback in the contest. The recurring soreness in Olsen's foot resulted in him sitting out Week 13, but the veteran tight end suited up and played normal snap counts in the Panthers' final four regular-season contests and looked like his usual, dominant self in Carolina's playoff loss to New Orleans, catching eight of 12 targets for 107 yards and a score. After ending the injury marred campaign on a high note, Olsen looks like he'll be in store for a normal offseason as he enters the final year of his contract in 2018.

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Panthers' Luke Kuechly: Recovering from shoulder surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kuechly, who missed the 2018 Pro Bowl due to an undisclosed injury, is recovering from right shoulder surgery, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Kuechly only missed one game in 2017 due to a concussion but popped up on the injury report ahead of the Panthers' Week 15 contest against the Packers with an undisclosed shoulder injury. However, it isn't clear if that issue is related to this recent procedure, especially since Kuechly didn't miss a single snap in any game thereafter. It isn't certain if the five-time All-Pro will be ready for offseason workouts in May.

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