2021 Schedule

2021 Schedule
3-3, 3rd in NFC South
Why Ryan Clark expects the Giants to beat the Panthers (1:10)
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2dDavid Newton

Gano claims Panthers misdiagnosed serious injury

Giants kicker Graham Gano said the Panthers put his career in jeopardy by a misdiagnosis of a 2018 injury, according to a report by The Athletic. The Giants face the Panthers on Sunday.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Did you know there are two Michael Jordans in Charlotte? And both played/play guard? One is the legendary NBA player who owns the Hornets. The other is the starting left guard for the Panthers. "I was named after my father,'' Jordan said. "I'm actually pretty terrible at basketball. You can ask the guys in the locker room. They already know that. I've been terrible since I've been a kid. I've got to look at the ball when I dribble.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Before Stephon Gilmore was a Pro Bowl cornerback he was a running back/quarterback for Perry Sutton's Sylvia Circle Demons small fry team on this field in Rock Hill, South Carolina. This town known as Football City USA can't wait to finally see one of the 37 players it has sent to the NFL play for the hometown Carolina Panthers, who recently acquired Gilmore in a trade with New England. "The people of Rock Hill, we follow our kids,'' Sutton said

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson admitted he got frustrated on Sunday with several drops and finishing with 3 catches on 11 targets for 11 yards. He vowed to improve this week through the hard work that helped him have such a successful 2020 season.

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5dDavid Newton

Rhule vows skidding Panthers to commit to run

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said Monday that Joe Brady will remain his team's offensive playcaller but Carolina will commit to the run going forward amid a three-game losing streak.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Pro Bowl cornerback Stephon Gilmore is eligible to return from the physically unable to perform list this week and practice with the Panthers. GM Scott Fitterer was optimistic that would happen on schedule when he traded for Gilmore two weeks ago. Whether Gilmore will be in football shape to be ready for Sunday's game against the New York Giants remains uncertain. But I'd expect to see him practicing this week.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers with Sunday's 34-28 overtime loss to the Vikings became the first team since the 2019 Rams and Cowboys to lose three straight after a 3-0 start. That Sam Darnold was subpar with the exception of a tying 94-yard touchdown drive and the defense gave up 571 yards has to be concerning.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Matt Rhule made a huge error attempting a field goal on 4th-and-goal from the 5-yard line with 4:44 left against the Vikings, according to ESPN's win probability model. Panthers win probability if they went for it: 9.5% Panthers win probability if they attempted FG: 5.9% They needed just a 22% chance of conversion to justify going for it. Expected conversion rate for an average team was 41.5%.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers trail at halftime for the first time this season, 12-10 to Minnesota. That it's this close is the biggest surprise. They have three dropped passes and have run only 32 plays. Quarterback Sam Darnold has completed only 5 of 18 attempts for 60 yards with one interception for a rating of 17.8. Stay tuned.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers QB Sam Darnold looks shaky so far. Beyond the interception he threw on the first play he's not been comfortable in the pocket. He has two throwaways and is 2 of 5 passing for 9 yards so far. Carolina needs to establish the run.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Nobody misses running back Christian McCaffrey more than Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold. His Total QBR has dropped from 76 with McCaffrey to 31 without him. That's huge.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

An interesting move by the Panthers on Saturday putting RB Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) on injured reserve. Interesting because on Friday coach Matt Rhule didn't want to classify McCaffrey's status as a setback when he was ruled out for Minnesota. Interesting because McCaffrey practiced four times on a limited basis between last week and this. Did he come back too soon? Was the injury worse than originally thought? Again, interesting.

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McCaffrey put on IR, can't return until Week 9

Panthers running back Christan McCaffrey can't return until Week 9 at the earliest after he was placed on injured reserve. McCaffrey had already missed two games with a hamstring injury.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

When Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is eligible to return from injured reserve he will have missed 18 of 24 games since Matt Rhule took over the team in 2020. This also after Carolina made McCaffrey the highest paid running back in the NFL.

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8dDavid Newton

Panthers' McCaffrey to miss third straight game

The Carolina Panthers have ruled RB Christian McCaffrey out for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, the third straight game he'll miss due to a hamstring injury.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

That Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is not at the portion of practice open to the media is not a good sign for his availability on Sunday. Coach Matt Rhule said on Wednesday it was 50-50 on whether McCaffrey would play, adding ‘'it could go either way.'' McCaffrey has played in only 6 of the 21 games since Rhule took over.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards244.314th
Rushing Yards109.5Tied-16th
Points For23.816th
Points Against20.26th