Carolina Panthers

3rd NFC South (3-7-1)

Founded: 1995

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium

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  • Kelvin Benjamin says Beckham's catch was only a 9 out of 10

    Kelvin Benjamin sounds like he's preparing to one-up fellow rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham, and we cannot be more excited to see what he comes up with.
  • Panthers part ways with receiver Avant

    After just 11 games with the Carolina Panthers, Jason Avant is no longer employed. The veteran caught 21 passes in 11 games with Carolina and was outspoken following Sunday's loss.
  • Falcons soar into playoff hunt

    Matt Bryant went 4 for 4 on field goals, including a late-fourth quarter kick Sunday that lifted the Falcons to a 19-17 win over the Panthers. Atlanta is now tied with the Saints atop the NFC South.
  • Cam hasn't felt 100 percent in a long time

    One day after Panthers coach Ron Rivera said his quarterback is not injured, Cam Newton admitted to reporters that he has been playing hurt. What's the difference?
  • Top 10 rookie classes

    Khalil Mack and Derek Carr have the look of future stars in Oakland. Find out which other teams are featured on our list of the top 10 draft classes from this year.
  • Rivera on Newton: He's not injured

    Cam Newton is reportedly playing with injuries with both legs, but Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera dismissed the claims, saying that his quarterback isn't dealing with any injuries at all.
  • Newton: 'I've got to be better'

    Cam Newton played every snap Monday night, despite being pummeled and not playing particularly well. The Carolina Panthers quarterback insisted he must get better with his decisions.
  • Mark Sanchez, Eagles coast past Panthers

    Darren Sproles had two touchdowns, Sanchez threw for two scores and the defense sacked Cam Newton nine times to help the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Carolina Panthers 45-21 Monday night.
  • Cam falls flat as Eagles rout Panthers

    The Eagles rolled to a 45-21 win over the Panthers on Monday night in Mark Sanchez's first start since 2012 with the Jets. Connor Barwin led the way on defense with 3.5 sacks of Cam Newton.
  • Eagles' winning formula

    Chip Kelly and Mark Sanchez were in sync all game long Monday night. Can Sanchez continue to thrive in this Eagles offense and lead the team to the playoffs? Chris Wesseling explores.
Draft 2014 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 28 (28) Benjamin, Kelvin WR 
Rd 2, Pick 28 (60) Ealy, Kony DE 
Rd 3, Pick 28 (92) Turner, Trai OG 
Rd 4, Pick 28 (128) Boston, Tre SS 
Rd 5, Pick 8 (148) Benwikere, Bene CB 
Rd 6, Pick 28 (204) Gaffney, Tyler RB 
Scoreboard more
Bank of America Stadium - Wk 11 1 2 3 4 T
Atlanta Falcons 0 6 10 3 19
Carolina Panthers 0 3 0 14 17
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
9 Thu, Oct 30 New Orleans 10-28   L
10 Mon, Nov 10 @ Philadelphia 21-45   L
11 Sun, Nov 16 Atlanta 17-19   L
12 Bye
13 Sun, Nov 30 @ Minnesota 1:00 PM ET
14 Sun, Dec 07 @ New Orleans 1:00 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
Amini Silatolu (G) Full Pract - --
Star Lotulelei (DT) Did Not Pract - --
Andrew Norwell (G) Full Pract - --
Mike Tolbert (RB) Full Pract - --
Regular Season Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Cam Newton 333 195 2392 12
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Jonathan Stewart 84 323 3.8 2
Cam Newton 64 293 4.6 2
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Kelvin Benjamin 52 768 14.8 8
Greg Olsen 56 719 12.8 5
Jerricho Cotchery 32 433 13.5 0
Jason Avant 21 201 9.6 1
Transactions more
Date Transaction
11/24 Lou Young (DB) Practice Squad (practice squad).
11/18 De'Andre Presley (WR) Terminated (by Player) from Practice Squad (terminated (by player) from practice squad).
11/18 Nate Chandler (T) Reserve/Injured (reserve/injured).
11/18 De'Andre Presley (WR) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Atlanta 4 7 0 .364
New Orleans 4 7 0 .364
Carolina 3 7 1 .318
Tampa Bay 2 9 0 .182

Head Coach more

Ron Rivera

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Ron Rivera was named the fourth head coach in Carolina Panthers' history on Jan. 11, 2011.

Rivera served as defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers' top-ranked defense in 2010 and playing linebacker for the Chicago Bears' top-ranked defense and Super Bowl XX championship team in 1985.

Rivera worked with the San Diego Chargers from 2007-10. He coached inside linebackers before taking over as the team's defensive coordinator midway through the 2008 season.

With Rivera's guidance, the pass defense steadied itself - intercepting nine passes and yielding 229.6 passing yards per game and 11 touchdown passes over the final eight games. Those numbers contrasted to the first half of the season when San Diego notched just seven picks and was victimized for 265.1 yards per game and 14 touchdowns through the air.

In Rivera's first full season leading the defense in 2009, the Chargers ranked 16th in total defense and 11th against the pass. One of the unit's strengths was playing tough after offensive turnovers, giving up only 44 points, a figure that tied New England for the second-fewest in the NFL.

Those rankings improved in 2010 as San Diego led the NFL with an average of 271.6 total yards allowed per game and gave up a league-low 177.8 passing yards per game. Overall, the Chargers finished in the top five in 11 different defensive statistical categories despite not having any defenders selected to the Pro Bowl.

From 2004-06, Rivera oversaw the Chicago Bears defense, engineering the unit to two top-five finishes in the league. Under Rivera's direction, five different defensive players went to the Pro Bowl: linebacker Lance Briggs, safety Mike Brown, defensive tackle Tommie Harris, linebacker Brian Urlacher and cornerback Nathan Vasher.

In his first season as a defensive coordinator in 2004, Rivera presided over a defense that produced nine more takeaways and 17 more sacks than the previous year and scored a franchise record and NFC high six defensive touchdowns. The Bears also thrived on third down and buckled down inside their own 20-yard line, ranking first in the NFL in third-down efficiency (30.5%) and topping the NFC in red zone defense (42.6%).

The following year, Chicago continued to build on the foundation Rivera laid in 2004. The Bears won their first of two consecutive NFC North titles and stood second in the NFL in total defense. In surrendering the fewest points in the league, Rivera's defense went 43 consecutive quarters without allowing more than seven points - the longest streak in the NFL since 1969. Chicago also led the NFL in red zone defense (32.5%) and rated second in third-down efficiency (31.9%).

During Rivera's last season with the Bears in 2006, the defense paced the NFL with 44 takeaways and finished fifth in the league in total defense and third in scoring defense, helping propel Chicago to the NFC Championship and an appearance in Super Bowl XLI.

Prior to becoming a defensive coordinator, Rivera spent five seasons from 1999-2003 as the linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, who advanced to the NFC Championship game in each of his final three seasons.

Following his retirement from his playing career, Rivera went into broadcasting. He covered the Bears and college football as a television analyst for WGN and SportsChannel Chicago for four years from 1993-96.

Selected in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft by Chicago, Rivera played all nine of his pro seasons with the Bears. Primarily an outside linebacker, he appeared in 149 games with 62 starts (including 12 postseason contests with six starts) and posted 392 tackles, 7.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, nine interceptions and 15 passes defensed. Rivera was a member of six NFC Central division title teams and a Super Bowl XX championship team in 1985.

As a player, Rivera was known for both his skill and determination on the field and his dedication of time and energy to the community. As a result, he was named the Bears' Man of the Year in 1988 and earned the club's Ed Block Courage Award in 1989.

An All-American at the University of California, Rivera finished his career as the school's all-time leader in sacks with 22 and tackles with 336. As a senior in 1983, he set the Bears' single-season record for sacks with 13 and tackles for loss with 26.5.

Born Jan. 7, 1962 in Fort Ord, Calif., Rivera lived in Germany, Panama, Washington and Maryland before his family settled in Marina, Calif. He attended Seaside High School in Marina and was a three-sport star in football, basketball and baseball.

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