Carolina Panthers

2nd NFC South (6-3-0)

Founded: 1995

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium

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Team News more

  • Seldom-used vet RB Anderson waived by Panthers

    The Panthers waived veteran running back C.J. Anderson on Monday, clearing out a backfield all but dominated by the surging handiwork of second-year wonder Christian McCaffrey.
  • Ron Rivera on Panthers' loss: '[Expletive] happens'

    The Carolina Panthers choked down some "humble pie" during Thursday's 52-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the team is characterizing the performance as more of an anomaly than a trend.
  • Cam: Panthers' offensive talent is 'extremely scary'

    The Carolina Panthers scored a franchise-high five first half touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers. Panthers QB Cam Newton called the talent on the roster "extremely scary."
  • Panthers K Gano's 63-yard winner ties NFL record

    The Panthers escaped defeat Sunday afternoon on the strong, strong leg of Graham Gano. Down 31-30 to the Giants with six seconds remaining, Gano kicked a 63-yard field goal to seal the victory.
  • Josh Norman criticizes Reid for Jenkins comments

    Josh Norman criticized Eric Reid for accusing Malcolm Jenkins and the Players Coalition of stealing the social inequality protest movement among NFL players first started by Colin Kaepernick.
  • Panthers safety Reid takes a knee during anthem

    Newly signed Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid continued his protest against social and racial injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem prior to Sunday's game against the New York Giants.
  • Injuries: Montgomery injures foot; Sirles carted off

    Carolina Panthers right tackle Jeremiah Sirles suffered a hamstring early in the first quarter of Friday's preseason game against the New England Patriots and was carted off to the locker room.
  • Panthers sign ex-49ers safety Reid to 1-year deal

    The Carolina Panthers announced Thursday they have signed free-agent safety Eric Reid. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the two sides agreed on a one-year deal. The former 49er last played in the NFL in 2017.
  • Olsen ahead of curve in recovery from broken foot

    Panthers tight end Greg Olsen says he's "way ahead of the curve" as he continues to recover from a fractured foot. Olsen avoided going on injured reserve and opted to not undergo surgery.
  • Efe Obada gets game ball after sack, INT in debut

    Nigerian-born Panthers DE Efe Obada had a sack and interception in the team's win over the Bengals. Obada is the first player from the NFL International Pathway program to see game-action.
  • Newton labels Kazee's helmet hit a 'cheap shot'

    Atlanta Falcons safety Damontae Kazee was kicked out in the second quarter for an unnecessary roughness helmet-to-helmet hit on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
Draft 2018 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 24 (24) Moore, D.J. WR 
Rd 2, Pick 23 (55) Jackson, Donte CB 
Rd 3, Pick 21 (85) Gaulden, Rashaan S 
Rd 4, Pick 1 (101) Thomas, Ian TE 
Rd 4, Pick 36 (136) Haynes, Marquis EDGE 
Rd 5, Pick 24 (161) Carter, Jermaine ILB 
Rd 7, Pick 16 (234) Smith, Andre ILB 
Rd 7, Pick 24 (242) Norton, Kendrick DT 
Scoreboard more
Heinz Field - Wk 10 1 2 3 4 T
Carolina Panthers 7 7 0 7 21
Pittsburgh Steelers 21 10 14 7 52
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
8 Sun, Oct 28 Baltimore 36-21   W
9 Sun, Nov 04 Tampa Bay 42-28   W
10 Thu, Nov 08 @ Pittsburgh 21-52   L
11 Sun, Nov 18 @ Detroit 1:00 PM ET
12 Sun, Nov 25 Seattle 1:00 PM ET
13 Sun, Dec 02 @ Tampa Bay 1:00 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
Torrey Smith (WR) O - Knee
Greg Olsen (TE) Full Pract - --
Ryan Kalil (C) Full Pract - --
Julius Peppers (DE) Limited Pract - --
Regular Season Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Cam Newton 292 200 2086 17
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Christian McCaffrey 123 579 4.7 4
Cam Newton 75 352 4.7 4
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Devin Funchess 39 477 12.2 3
Christian McCaffrey 54 439 8.1 4
DJ Moore 23 317 13.8 1
Greg Olsen 22 258 11.7 3
Transactions more
Date Transaction
11/14 Josh Hawkins (CB) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
11/14 Kenjon Barner (RB) Assigned via Waivers (assigned via waivers).
11/13 Travaris Cadet (RB) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
11/12 C.J. Anderson (RB) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
New Orleans 8 1 0 .889
Carolina 6 3 0 .667
Atlanta 4 5 0 .444
Tampa Bay 3 6 0 .333

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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  1. Published: Nov. 8, 2018 at 11:12 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey rushes for a 1-yard touchdown.

  2. Published: Nov. 8, 2018 at 09:48 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey gets 25-yard TD pass from quarterback Cam Newton.

  3. Published: Nov. 8, 2018 at 08:36 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey uses jets to turn short catch into 20-yard touchdown.

  4. Published: Nov. 8, 2018 at 08:31 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey's wicked juke sets up a 21-yard rush.

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