Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers at a glance

Carolina Panthers

Coach: Ron Rivera

Key Stats

0 Wins, in three tries, for Ron Rivera in opening games as a head coach. Rivera’s 0-3 record in Week 1 is the worst among the league’s 28 returning coaches.

10 Rushing yards for the Panthers in a 16-10 loss at Tampa in the 2012 season opener. The game was the first for Greg Schiano, who was fired in January after going 11-21 in two seasons.

31.6 Panthers’ winning percentage (6-13) in Week 1, the worst mark of any team. Carolina has lost its past five opening games, dating to a 26-24 win at San Diego on Sept. 7, 2008, and is 1-6 against division rivals in Week 1.

467 Times quarterback Cam Newton has been hit or sacked, according to ESPN, since the start of the 2011 season – more than twice as many as any other quarterback during that span. Newton is questionable with cracked ribs.

Starting Lineup

Offense

WR1 82 Jerricho Cotchery
LT 77 Byron Bell
LG 66 Amini Silatolu
C 67 Ryan Kalil
RG 70 Trai Turner
RT 78 Nate Chandler
TE 88 Greg Olsen
WR2 13 Kelvin Benjamin
QB 1 Cam Newton
FB 35 Mike Tolbert
RB 34 DeAngelo Williams

Defense

LDE 95 Charles Johnson
DT 91 Colin Cole
NT 98 Star Lotulelei
RDE 76 Greg Hardy
SLB 93 Chase Blackburn
MLB 59 Luke Kuechly
WLB 58 Thomas Davis
LCB 20 Antoine Cason
RCB 23 Melvin White
SS 41 Roman Harper
FS 21 Thomas DeCoud

Special Teams

K 9 Graham Gano
P 8 Brad Nortman
H 8 Brad Nortman
PR 16 Philly Brown
KR 16 Philly Brown
LS 44 J.J. Jansen
KO 9 Graham Gano

Injuries

QUESTIONABLE: QB Cam Newton (ribs).

Schedule/Results

Date Opponent Time TV
September
7 At Tampa Bay 4:25 FOX
12 Detroit 1 FOX
21 Pittsburgh 8:30 NBC
28 At Baltimore 1 CBS
October
5 Chicago 1* FOX
12 At Cincinnati 1* FOX
19 At Green Bay 1* FOX
26 Seattle 1* FOX
30 New Orleans 8:25 NFLN
November
10 At Philadelphia 8:30 ESPN
16 Atlanta 1* FOX
23 Bye
30 At Minnesota 1* FOX
December
7 At New Orleans 1* FOX
14 Tampa Bay 1* FOX
21 Cleveland 1* CBS
28 At Atlanta 1* FOX

*–Subject to change

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