2018 Carolina Panthers season

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2018 Carolina Panthers season
Head coach Ron Rivera
General manager Marty Hurney
Owner David Tepper
Home field Bank of America Stadium
Results
Record 4–2
Division place 2nd NFC South

The 2018 season is the Carolina Panthers' 24th in the National Football League and their eighth under head coach Ron Rivera. This will be the team's first season without former assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, who became head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason and former offensive coordinator Mike Shula, who became the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator of the New York Giants. The Panthers will try to improve upon their 11–5 record where they lost to the New Orleans Saints 26–31 in the Wild Card Round last year.[1]

Draft[edit]

2018 Carolina Panthers Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Notes
1 24 D. J. Moore WR Maryland
2 55 Donte Jackson CB LSU
3 85 Rashaan Gaulden CB Tennessee From Buffalo
4 101 Ian Thomas TE Indiana From Green Bay
4 136 Marquis Haynes DE Ole Miss
5 161 Jermaine Carter Jr. LB Maryland
7 234 Andre Smith LB North Carolina From L.A. Chargers via Buffalo
242 Kendrick Norton DT Miami

Draft trades

  • The Panthers traded wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo in exchange for Buffalo's third-round selection (85th overall) and the seventh-round selection they acquired from the LA Chargers (234th overall).
  • The Panthers traded their fourth-round selection (123rd overall) and punter Kasey Redfern to Cleveland in exchange for Cleveland's seventh-round selection in 2017 and punter Andy Lee.

Staff[edit]

On August 24, 2018, Tom Glick, COO of Manchester City, was hired as the Panthers team president.[2]


Carolina Panthers staff
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Head coaches
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Defensive coaches
Special teams coaches
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Current roster[edit]

Carolina Panthers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics

Roster updated October 13, 2018
Depth chartTransactions
53 Active, 9 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

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Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 9 at Buffalo Bills W 28–23 1–0 New Era Field Recap
2 August 17 Miami Dolphins W 27–20 2–0 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 August 24 New England Patriots W 25–14 3–0 Bank of America Stadium Recap
4 August 30 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 24–39 3–1 Heinz Field Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Result Record Game site TV NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 4:25 p.m. Dallas Cowboys W 16–8 1–0 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
2 September 16 1:00 p.m. at Atlanta Falcons L 24–31 1–1 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Fox Recap
3 September 23 1:00 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals W 31–21 2–1 Bank of America Stadium CBS Recap
4 Bye
5 October 7 1:00 p.m. New York Giants W 33–31 3–1 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
6 October 14 1:00 p.m. at Washington Redskins L 17–23 3–2 FedEx Field Fox Recap
7 October 21 1:00 p.m. at Philadelphia Eagles W 21–17 4–2 Lincoln Financial Field Fox Recap
8 October 28 1:00 p.m. Baltimore Ravens Bank of America Stadium CBS
9 November 4 1:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bank of America Stadium Fox
10 November 8 8:20 p.m. at Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field Fox/NFLN
11 November 18 1:00 p.m. at Detroit Lions Ford Field Fox
12 November 25 1:00 p.m. Seattle Seahawks Bank of America Stadium Fox
13 December 2 1:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium Fox
14 December 9 1:00 p.m. at Cleveland Browns First Energy Stadium Fox
15 December 17 8:15 p.m. New Orleans Saints Bank of America Stadium ESPN
16 December 23 1:00 p.m. Atlanta Falcons Bank of America Stadium Fox
17 December 30 1:00 p.m. at New Orleans Saints Mercedes-Benz Superdome Fox

Notes

  • Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
  • Networks and times from Weeks 11–17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling, for the exception of Week 15 (Monday Night Football).

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week One: Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 0 088
Panthers 0 10 0616

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

In the Panthers' home opener against the Dallas Cowboys both teams were scoreless in the first quarter. In the second, Cam Newton rushed in for a touchdown to score the first points of the game. Graham Gano later scored a field goal to further the Panthers' lead to 10–0. Both teams were again scoreless in the third quarter. Alexander Armah scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the extra point attempt was no good when the ball slipped out of Michael Palardy's hands. The Cowboys later put points on the board with an Ezekiel Elliott touchdown run followed by a two-point conversion by quarterback Dak Prescott, decreasing the Panthers' lead to eight points. The Panthers managed to hold off the Cowboys by forcing a fumble off Prescott in the Cowboys' last offensive drive, winning 16–8.

Tight end Greg Olsen and offensive tackle Daryl Williams left the game early due to injuries.

Week 2: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Two: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Panthers 3 7 01424
Falcons 3 14 7731

at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

The Falcons were too much for the Panthers and with the 24–31 loss, the Panthers fell to 1-1.

Week 3: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Three: Cincinnati Bengals at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bengals 7 7 7021
Panthers 7 14 7331

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

The Bengals were the first to score in the game but the Panthers answered back with a Cam Newton touchdown. Late in the first quarter Andy Dalton threw a pass intended for John Ross but it was intercepted by Donte Jackson. Early in the second Devin Funchess scored a touchdown with a Graham Gano field goal, and Carolina took the lead. Dalton was sacked by Efe Obada, the ball fumbled and was recovered by Carolina but the call was reversed and the Bengals soon tied the game at 14. Carolina took back the lead with a C.J. Anderson touchdown. In the third Dalton was picked off again with an Obada interception. Newton scored again. Cincinnati soon followed with another touchdown decreasing the Panthers' lead by seven. With less than four minutes to go in the game, another Dalton pass intended for Ross was once again intercepted by Jackson. Gano kicked a field goal making the score 31–21. In the last few seconds of the game Dalton threw a pass intended for Tyler Eifert in the end zone but it was picked by Luke Kuechly. The Panthers won and improved to 2–1.

Week 5: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week Five: New York Giants at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 3 10 31531
Panthers 7 13 01333

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

The Panthers came back after their bye week and took on the New York Giants at home. Carolina went into the third quarter with a 20–13 lead. New York scored a field goal in the third quarter, decreasing the Panthers' lead to three. In the fourth, the Giants scored a touchdown with a two point conversion, followed by a Carolina field goal. With 1:15 to go in the game, the Giants scored on a Saquon Barkley touchdown catch, giving New York their first lead since the first quarter. The Panthers, now down by one, only had a little more than a minute to try to win. They were able to get in field goal position, and with six seconds to go, Graham Gano's 63 yard field goal was good. The Panthers won 33–31, improving to 3–1.

Week 6: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Six: Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Panthers 0 6 3817
Redskins 14 3 0623

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: October 14
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 52 °F (11 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 60,482
  • Referee: Clay Martin
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Things didn't start off well for the Panthers during a punt return when D.J. Moore fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Washington. This put the Redskins at a perfect spot to score. The Panthers had multiple turnovers in the first quarter, and the Redskins had a 14–0 lead at the end of the quarter. Throughout the game the Panthers were able to catchup to the Redskins, and possibly take the lead right at the end but on fourth down and 5 at the Redskins 16, Cam Newton's pass for Jarius Wright fell incomplete. With the close loss of 17–23, the Panthers fell to 3–2.
This game saw the return of Greg Olsen, who had been out with a foot injury since Week One, and Thomas Davis, who was suspended for the first four games of the season.

Week 7: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Seven: Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Panthers 0 0 02121
Eagles 0 10 7017

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: October 21
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 49 °F (9 °C), partly sunny
  • Game attendance: 69,696
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Panthers were down 0–17 going into the fourth quarter but were able to score 21 points and beat the Eagles 21–17, improving to 4–2.

Week 8: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Eight: Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 0 0 000
Panthers 0 0 000

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
New Orleans Saints 5 1 0 .833 1–1 3–1 204 163 W5
Carolina Panthers 4 2 0 .667 0–1 3–2 142 131 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 3 0 .500 1–1 2–2 167 196 W1
Atlanta Falcons 3 4 0 .429 2–1 3–2 190 212 W2

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 Los Angeles Rams West 7 0 0 1.000 3–0 4–0 .394 .394 W7
2 New Orleans Saints South 5 1 0 .833 1–1 3–1 .438 .426 W5
3 Washington Redskins East 4 2 0 .667 1–0 4–1 .474 .442 W2
4 Minnesota Vikings North 4 2 1 .643 0–0–1 3–1–1 .427 .286 W3
Wild Cards
5 Carolina Panthers South 4 2 0 .667 0–1 3–2 .439 .393 W1
6 Green Bay Packers North 3 2 1 .583 1–1–1 2–2–1 .449 .300 W1
In the Hunt
7[a][b] Seattle Seahawks West 3 3 0 .500 1–1 2–2 .450 .250 W1
8[a][b] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 3 3 0 .500 1–1 2–2 .513 .525 W1
9[b][c] Detroit Lions North 3 3 0 .500 1–0 1–2 .464 .595 W2
10[c] Chicago Bears North 3 3 0 .500 0–1 3–1 .487 .368 L2
11[d] Philadelphia Eagles East 3 4 0 .429 1–0 2–3 .436 .286 L1
12[d][e] Atlanta Falcons South 3 4 0 .429 2–1 3–2 .522 .421 W2
13[e] Dallas Cowboys East 3 4 0 .429 1–1 2–3 .500 .350 L1
14[f] Arizona Cardinals West 1 6 0 .143 1–2 1–5 .554 .143 L2
15[g] San Francisco 49ers West 1 6 0 .143 0–2 1–4 .638 .500 L5
16[f][g] New York Giants East 1 6 0 .143 0–2 0–5 .542 .625 L4
Tiebreakers[h]
  1. ^ a b Seattle wins tie break over Tampa Bay based on best win percentage in common games.
  2. ^ a b c Dallas, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Detroit are ranked based on best win percentage in conference games.
  3. ^ a b Detroit wins tie break over Chicago based on best win percentage in division games.
  4. ^ a b Philadelphia wins tie break over Atlanta based on head-to-head win percentage. Division tie break was initially used to eliminate Dallas (see below).
  5. ^ a b Atlanta wins tie break over Dallas based on best win percentage in conference games.
  6. ^ a b Arizona wins tie break over NY Giants based on best win percentage in conference games. Division tie break was initially used to eliminate San Francisco (see below).
  7. ^ a b San Francisco wins tie break over NY Giants based on best win percentage in conference games.
  8. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
Legend
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye
* — Clinched home-field advantage

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