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Carolina Panthers at a glance

Carolina Panthers

Coach: Ron Rivera

Key Stats

5 Catches, for 80 yards, by Ted Ginn Jr. during the Panthers’ first game vs. Tampa Bay. It was the most receptions for Ginn since a five-catch game vs. Houston on Dec. 27, 2009, when he was with the Dolphins.

15 Plays on the Panthers’ touchdown drive on their first possession at Tampa Bay last month. It matched a 15-play opening drive at Minnesota for the longest of the season.

24 Takeaways this season for the Panthers, who are tied with Kansas City for third most behind Seattle (26) and Dallas (25). Carolina has forced a turnover in 15 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL.

51 Receiving yards needed by Steve Smith to pass Hines Ward (12,083) and move into the top 20 on the league’s all-time receiving yardage list.

Starting Lineup

Offense

WR189 Steve Smith
LT69 Jordan Gross
LG70 Travelle Wharton
C67 Ryan Kalil
RG78 Nate Chandler
RT77 Byron Bell
TE88 Greg Olsen
WR211 Brandon LaFell
QB1 Cam Newton
FB35 Mike Tolbert
RB28 Jonathan Stewart

Defense

LDE97 Mario Addison
DT91 Colin Cole
NT96 Star Lotulelei
RDE76 Greg Hardy
WLB56 A.J. Klein
MLB59 Luke Kuechly
SLB58 Thomas Davis
LCB41 Captain Munnerlyn
RCB22 Josh Thomas
SS38 Robert Lester
FS21 Mike Mitchell

Special Teams

K9 Graham Gano
P8 Brad Nortman
H8 Brad Nortman
PR19 Ted Ginn
KR19 Ted Ginn
LS44 J.J. Jansen
KO9 Graham Gano

Injuries

OUT: DE Charles Johnson (knee), G Chris Scott (knee). DOUBTFUL: TE Ben Hartsock (knee). QUESTIONABLE: LB Chase Blackburn (foot), RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle), RB Mike Tolbert (knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (quadriceps). PROBABLE: T Jordan Gross (not injury related), WR Steve Smith (knee).

Schedule/Results

DateOpponentResult/TimeTV
September
8SeattleL 12-7
15At BuffaloL 24-23
22N.Y. GiantsW 38-0
29Bye
October
6At ArizonaL 22-6
13At MinnesotaW 35-10
20St. LouisW 30-15
24At Tampa BayW 31-13
November
3AtlantaW 34-10
10At San FranciscoW 10-9
18New EnglandW 24-20
24At MiamiW 20-16
December
1Tampa Bay1FOX
8At New Orleans8:30NBC
15N.Y. Jets4:05*CBS
22New Orleans1*FOX
29At Atlanta1*FOX

*–Subject to change

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