The Carolina Panthers are based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers were announced as the league's 29th franchise in 1993, and began play in 1995. The Panthers are supported throughout the Carolinas; although the team has played its home games in Charlotte since 1996, it played home games at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina during its first season.
The Panthers had a disastrous season last year. After they're devastaing loss to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50, no one expected them to just capitulate like they did the next term, finishing 6-10 and bottom of the NFC South. Cam Newton needs to return to his MVP form from 2 years ago. The team still has most of its pieces together from that Super bowl run, so there's no reason to think that last year was just a one off.
Head Coach: Ron Rivera
The Panthers won't be as good as their 2015 campaign showed, nor will they be as poor as the '16 version. First, Cam Newton must be healthy. The quarterback needs to remain upright, too. The reworking of team's offensive tackles can have a profound impact on the Panthers' progress. The additions of Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel make Carolina more flexible and explosive on offense, too. Pairing them with Newton is an exciting proposition, especially if he can recapture his MVP form.
Carolina was extremely dissapointing last year when you compare them to theor high scoring offence from the year before. They did manage to finish in the top 10 in rushing last year, thanks largely to running back Johnathan Stewart. This term, a lot is expected out of rookie sensation Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey lit up the college level, who should be a matchup nightmare with his ability to play as a runner, receiver and return man. The team has decent receivers but it all comes down to how Cam plays.
What happened to this defence? Whilst they were still great against the rush, they were awful in pass defence and points allowed. Finishing near the bottom in both categories. It was obvious that the departure of pro bowl corner Josh Norman the previous season hurt this secondary bad. The secondary has to find a way to slow down opposing receivers if this team has any ambitions to get back to the Super Bowl. Luckily this unit is led by the best linebacker in the game in former Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly.
Cam Newton, QB
Cam Newton is the most polarising player in the game. Some think he's one of the best players in the league, while others think he's an overachieving, overhyped guy who doesn't perform consistently enough. But regardless what anyone thinks of him, they can all agree on one thing: on his day, he's unstoppable.
There's a reason that Cam is known as Superman, and it's not just because of his Superman celebration. At 6ft 5" and 245lbs he's probably the biggest QB in the league, and is freakishly athletic for his size. It's his uncanny ability as a duel threat QB that scares defenders so much. He's just as dangerous with his legs as he is with his arm. He was the league MVP in 2015 for a reason, and if he plays anywhere near that level again, then Super-Cam will be back on top.
Other notable players: RB - Johnathan Stewart. RB - Christian McCaffrey (R). TE - Greg Olsen. DT - Kawan Short. DE - Julius Peppers. LB - Luke Kuechly. LB - Thomas Davis Sr.
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Bank of America Stadium
The Bank of America Stadium opened in 1996 and is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Former Panthers president Danny Morrison called it "a classic American stadium" due to its bowl design and other features.
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State: North Carolina
Charlotte is a major city and commercial hub in North Carolina. Its modern city center (Uptown) is home to the Levine Museum of the New South, which explores post–Civil War history in the South, and hands-on science displays at Discovery Place. Uptown is also known for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which celebrates the sport of auto racing through interactive exhibits and films.
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NFC Champions - 2
NFC West - 1
NFC South - 5
2003, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015
Playoff Appearances - 7
1996, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015
All Time Record
(Since end of 2016 Season)
Wins: 172 Losses: 179 Ties: 1
Wins: 9 Losses: 7
Wins: 181 Losses: 186 Ties: 1