Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers at a glance

Carolina Panthers

Coach: Ron Rivera

Key Stats

6 Turnover margin, as in plus-6, for Panthers through two games, which leads the league. Carolina has six takeaways (three fumbles, three interceptions) and has yet to commit a turnover.

8 Consecutive regular-season home victories for the Panthers, one short of the club record (1995-96). The Panthers’ last loss in Charlotte was a 12-7 defeat to Seattle in Week 1 last year.

63.3 Percentage of teams (124 of 196) to start 2-0 that made the playoffs since 1990, when the current playoff format was adopted. The Panthers have started 2-0 four previous times, and made the postseason in three of those seasons (1996, 2003, 2008).

Starting Lineup


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


LDE 95 Charles Johnson
DT 91 Colin Cole
NT 98 Star Lotulelei
RDE 97 Mario Addison
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


DOUBTFUL: RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh). QUESTIONABLE: WR Jason Avant (thigh), WR Jerricho Cotchery (thigh), RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh). PROBABLE: T Byron Bell (toe), WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee), WR Philly Brown (ankle), T Nate Chandler (toe), DT Colin Cole (not injury related), LB Thomas Davis (hip), DT Dwan Edwards (back), TE Greg Olsen (calf), RB Mike Tolbert (chest), T Garry Williams (hip).


Date Opponent W-L/Time TV
7 At Tampa Bay W 20-14
14 Detroit W 24-7
21 Pittsburgh 8:30 NBC
28 At Baltimore 1 CBS
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
10 At Philadelphia 8:30 ESPN
16 Atlanta 1* FOX
23 Bye
30 At Minnesota 1* FOX
7 At New Orleans 1* FOX
14 Tampa Bay 1* FOX
21 Cleveland 1* CBS
28 At Atlanta 1* FOX

*–Subject to change