Carolina Panthers

4th NFC South (4-7-0)

Founded: 1995

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium

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  • Sherman on Cam: Karma explains Panthers' lost year

    Remember when Cam Newton ripped a "12th Man" flag out of the Charlotte crowd after last season's playoff win over Seattle? Richard Sherman does.
  • No timetable for Luke Kuechly's return

    The Panthers are unsure when Luke Kuechly will return from a concussion suffered in Thursday's win over the Saints. Ron Rivera said there is no timetable for the LB's return to game-action.
  • Eight takeaways from Panthers' win over Saints

    The Panthers' 23-20 victory over the Saints on Thursday gave Carolina a much-needed win that moved them to 4-6 on the season. But it felt hollow because of all that went wrong late.
  • Rivera: Kuechly in concussion protocol

    Panthers All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly is in concussion protocol after being carted off the field in the fourth quarter of a 23-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.
  • Another blocked kick returns to haunt Saints

    The New Orleans Saints' kicking woes resurfaced again late in the first half of Thursday Night Football against the Panthers. It led a 10-point swing late in the first half.
  • Steve Smith on Cam: 'We bumped heads' on Panthers

    When the Panthers released Steve Smith in 2014, it sent shockwaves throughout the Carolinas. On 'A Football Life,' Smith sets the record straight on his rocky relationship with ex-teammate Cam Newton.
  • Newton: No need for panic heading into 'TNF'

    After self-destructing in the fourth-quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is still optimistic. Why he says there's no need to panic before Thursday night's game.
  • Peters on strip of Benjamin: I took it from him

    Kansas City's comeback win was set up by an incredible strip by Chiefs corner Marcus Peters in the fourth quarter. The stud defensive back had quite a bit to say about it after the game.
  • Thirty-six things we learned from Week 10

    Dak Prescott and the Cowboys pulled out another comeback win in Pittsburgh. Ryan Tannehill had one of the best games of his career in a Miami victory. Here's what we've learned from Week 10.
  • Cam Newton brings back The Dab vs. Chiefs

    Cam Newton, like you, misses 2015. The ride hasn't been as smooth for Cam and "Keep Pounding" Nation this year. So only makes sense he'd resurrect The Dab after a touchdown Sunday.
Draft 2016 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 31 (30) Butler, Vernon DT 
Rd 2, Pick 31 (62) Bradberry, James CB 
Rd 3, Pick 14 (77) Worley, Daryl CB 
Rd 5, Pick 2 (141) Sanchez, Zack CB 
Rd 7, Pick 31 (252) Sandland, Beau TE 
Scoreboard more
Oakland Coliseum - Wk 12 1 2 3 4 T
Carolina Panthers 7 0 18 7 32
Oakland Raiders 7 17 0 11 35
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
10 Sun, Nov 13 Kansas City 17-20   L
11 Thu, Nov 17 New Orleans 23-20   W
12 Sun, Nov 27 @ Oakland 32-35   L
13 Sun, Dec 04 @ Seattle 8:30 PM ET
14 Sun, Dec 11 San Diego 1:00 PM ET
15 Mon, Dec 19 @ Washington 8:30 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
Mario Addison (DE) O - Foot
Ryan Delaire (DE) Full Pract - --
Kurt Coleman (S) O - Concussion
Luke Kuechly (LB) O - Concussion
Regular Season Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Cam Newton 339 189 2432 13
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Jonathan Stewart 127 461 3.6 7
Cam Newton 65 274 4.2 5
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Greg Olsen 58 790 13.6 3
Kelvin Benjamin 48 736 15.3 5
Ted Ginn 36 489 13.6 2
Devin Funchess 18 285 15.8 3
Transactions more
Date Transaction
11/29 Dan France (OL) Terminated (by Player) from Practice Squad (terminated (by player) from practice squad).
11/29 Tyrus Thompson (OT) Practice Squad (practice squad).
11/29 Jake Rodgers (OT) Practice Squad (practice squad).
11/29 Dan France (OL) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Atlanta 7 4 0 .636
Tampa Bay 6 5 0 .545
New Orleans 5 6 0 .455
Carolina 4 7 0 .364

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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