12:52 AM EDT, Thu September 20, 2018
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Panthers vs Bengals: Offensive preview

Panthers vs Bengals: Offensive preview

The Panthers face another tough test as they host the undefeated Bengals on Sunday. The Carolina Panthers have endured two tough tests in the beginning weeks of their 2018 campaign. While the Panthers’ offense was able to do just enough to keep the team afloat, Carolina fell to the Falcons 31-24 for their first loss of the season. The Panthers’ offense is still adjusting to life after Greg Olsen’s foot injury. Despite the loss, Cam Newton looked solid with a 71.1% pass completion and was able to test things out as he looks for a new safety target. Things won’t get any easier for the...
9 hours ago
Panthers vs Bengals: Wednesday injury report

Panthers vs Bengals: Wednesday injury report

The Panthers have issued their first injury report for Week 3. The Panthers have issued their first injury report for week 3 and it does not contain any surprises. Trai Turner and Da’Norris Searcy are still in the concussion protocol. Curtis Samuel is still not practicing after his “minor” heart procedure but is working out, per Ron Rivera. Meanwhile, Damiere Byrd has graduated from the DNP list and is now practicing on a limited basis. The Panthers could use his help as a returner just as much as they could as a receiver. The full list from Wednesday is below: Panthers injury...
10 hours ago
Cam Jordan has a high opinion of Julius Peppers

Cam Jordan has a high opinion of Julius Peppers

The New Orleans Saints’ defensive end could not stop talking about the all-time great in the Carolinas A lot has been made this season of Julius Peppers and his limited impact on limited snaps. Let’s not forget that the 37 year old player is entering his 17th year in the league while also rehabbing from offseason surgery to repair an injured shoulder. Take it from one of his biggest division rivals, Cam Jordan. He ranked Peppers as the 7th best player in the NFC South today. I need to apologize for doing a disservice to a legend, because this still might be too low for Julius Peppers....
14 hours ago
4th and Short Podcast: The Panthers lost to the Falcons

4th and Short Podcast: The Panthers lost to the Falcons

We take a look back at the Panthers loss to the Falcons. Brian, Brad, and Jon reconvene to discuss the Panthers 31-24 loss at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons. The wide receivers lost their hands while Newton and McCaffrey had big days and DJ Moore glided for a touchdown. Ron Rivera channeled his inner riverboat and made some gutsy calls, and one of them led to the wildly dirty hit by Damontae Kazee. Some online Falcons fans have some wild takes about that hit. The Panthers’ makeshift offensive line played surprisingly well given their circumstances and kept Newton clean for a lot of the...
16 hours ago
The Hog Molly Report: Panthers at Falcons

The Hog Molly Report: Panthers at Falcons

The Panthers dropped one to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and today we’ll look at what role the linemen played in this unfortunate loss. Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the Hog Molly Report, where winning in the trenches is all that matters. Before we begin, we open with the reciting of our usual motto: “Big men allow you to compete. We're certainly going to look at the big hog mollies.” In the spirit of Mr. Gettleman’s words (regardless of him having moved on) and the philosophy of building a team from the inside out, my goal will be to watch the hog mollies each game during the...
18 hours ago
The Scratching Post: 9/19/18

The Scratching Post: 9/19/18

Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Eric Washington: ‘We’re still going to be the best D’ | Bryan Strickland, Panthers.comDefensive coordinator expresses supreme confidence after difficult day. Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey already bettering his rookie season. What’s next? | Scott Fowler, Charlotte ObserverCarolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey had 14 receptions for 102 yards against Atlanta without a drop. His...
Sep 18, 2018
Post game stat review: the offense runs wild while the defense struggles

Post game stat review: the offense runs wild while the defense struggles

Week two was a tale of two sides of the ball, each equally extreme in their performances. The Panthers’ second game of the season couldn’t have been more different than their first. In the season opener, a stifling defense shouldered the load while the offense did just enough. This week the offense did all it could to keep the team above water while the defense floundered. On a day where the defense was the main culprit in the loss, here were the biggest bright spots: Top-five graded #Panthers players on defense from Week 2 vs. Atlanta (min. 15 total snaps)EDGE Mario Addison - 78.0DI...
Sep 18, 2018
When is Cam Newton going to get the respect he has earned?

When is Cam Newton going to get the respect he has earned?

Unfair Criticism of the Carolina Panthers quarterback has to stop. Blame Cam Newton. It doesn’t matter that he threw for 335 yards, three touchdowns, and completed 71 percent of his passes. So what that he continued to chip away at the Falcons’ defense and put the Panthers within a completion of forcing overtime and even stealing a win on the road before losing to Atlanta 24-31 on Sunday . There’s still a need for Newton’s critics to nitpick and question his skills as a quarterback. Greg Olsen would like to have a word. Huge answer by Cam and Co.! Fact people still question him...
Sep 18, 2018
The Panthers fall a bit in the power rankings after their Week 2 loss

The Panthers fall a bit in the power rankings after their Week 2 loss

Most experts still place them in the top 15, but the Panthers slipped a bit after losing in Atlanta. The Panthers took an expected fall in the power rankings this week after a disappointing loss to the Falcons, but they’re still in the top 15 of most lists. I guess that’s a decent enough consolation prize. Hopefully they can turn things around this week when they face off against the Bengals. On to the rankings... ESPN 14. Carolina Panthers 2018 record: 1-1 Week 2 ranking: 11 Making Cam Newton more accurate was a priority for the Panthers this season. Newton has completed 69 percent of...
Sep 18, 2018
Panthers 24 Falcons 31: 3 plays to love, 3 plays to hate

Panthers 24 Falcons 31: 3 plays to love, 3 plays to hate

These key plays swung momentum and decided the Panthers 31-24 loss against the Falcons, putting Carolina’s record at 1-1. Plays to Love, Plays to Hate (aka “P2L, P2H”) looks at the most significant plays in swinging momentum and impacting the eventual outcome of the game. There is always plenty to hate about NFL officiating, so we will only focus on the plays on the field, not the refs. Three plays to love 2nd Quarter 10:28 – Panthers 3, Falcons 3. Panthers ball 3rd-and-5 at ATL 15 The Situation: The Panthers faced third down in the red zone, looking for a touchdown instead of a...
Sep 18, 2018
Tuesday Turtle Spotlight: Ron Rivera re-took an encouraging step forward against the Falcons

Tuesday Turtle Spotlight: Ron Rivera re-took an encouraging step forward against the Falcons

The Riverboat was sighted in Atlanta. This column was started with the intent of highlighting the worst kind of coaching that has haunted Ron Rivera’s tenure with the Carolina Panthers: the aggressively conservative decision making masked as “playing not to lose.” The Panthers’ Week 2 loss to the Falcons actually featured the opposite to that, so today we salute Rivera for making the right decisions — even if they weren’t enough in the end. All we’ve ever asked is that he try. Last year, in a Week 3 loss to the Saints, the Panthers lined up Michael Palardy to punt the ball on...
Sep 18, 2018
The Scratching Post: 9/18/18

The Scratching Post: 9/18/18

Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Ron Rivera rips into Panthers rush defense: ‘It was terrible’ | Jannelle Moore, Panthers WireFor Panthers coach Ron Rivera, it wasn’t enough that his team lost a heart-breaker in Atlanta to their NFC south rivals. The manner in which they lost is what’s the most frustrating. Carolina Panthers report card vs. Atlanta Falcons, 9.16.18 | Jourdan Rodrigue, Charlotte ObserverCarolina Panthers...
Sep 17, 2018
Panthers wide receivers coach Lance Taylor has some explaining to do

Panthers wide receivers coach Lance Taylor has some explaining to do

Every wide receiver on the team, except for one, has failed to make an impact this season and quite frankly do not look like they have any clue what they are doing. When that happens, it is time to start questioning whether their coach is capable. This past Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons continued a worrying trend that was present in the first game of the season, but really goes back into last season as well. That trend is the Carolina Panthers receiver corps under-performing. They are dropping passes, running sloppy or wrong routes, and generally just looking confused out...
Sep 17, 2018
Monday Morning Optimist: Panthers’ defense picked a bad day to have a bad day.

Monday Morning Optimist: Panthers’ defense picked a bad day to have a bad day.

False starts are the beginning, not the end, of Carolina’s season The Panthers defense yesterday was as much the story of their loss to the Falcons as it was the story of their victory over the Cowboys a week ago. Tevin Coleman became the first back in 22 games to rush for over 100 yards against Carolina. Matt Ryan did his best Cam Newton impression to the tune of 2 touchdowns. Luke Kuechly missed a tackle that allowed Tevin Coleman to rush for 27 yards down the Panthers’ sideline, y’all. That isn’t going to happen every day. The optimistic takeaway from yesterday isn’t that the...
Sep 17, 2018
The Scratching Post: 9/17/18

The Scratching Post: 9/17/18

Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Panthers again adjusting to life without Greg Olsen | Jelani Scott, Panthers.comChristian McCaffrey, receivers discuss adapting to a familiar situation. Panthers' Greg Olsen (foot) aims to return in 4-5 weeks | Austin Knoblauch, NFL.comGreg Olsen, who suffered a broken bone in his right foot during the Carolina Panthers' season-opening win over the Dallas Cowboys, is hoping to return in four to five...