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Panthers’ 2015 Schedule: History, Trends, Notable Notes

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at Jacksonville, Sept. 13, 1:00 on FOX

Jaguars 2014 record: 3-13Series history: Jaguars lead 3-2Last meeting: Panthers won 16-10 in Charlotte on 9/25/11Notes:

  • The Jaguars, who have won just nine games since 2012, added a marquee weapon this offseason by signing tight end Julius Thomas.
  • Carolina fought through thick humidity in Tampa Bay to win last season’s opener, and conditions will likely be similar in Jacksonville.
  • The Panthers are 0-2 all-time in Jacksonville.
  • The last time these two teams met, rookie Cam Newton earned his first career win during a deluge at Bank of America Stadium.


vs Houston, Sept. 20, 1:00 on CBS

Texans 2014 record: 9-7Series history: Texans lead 2-1Last meeting: Panthers won 23-18 in Houston on 12/18/11Notes:

  • Of Carolina’s first four opponents, the Texans are the only team that finished above .500 last year.
  • Whether it’s Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer, Houston’s quarterback situation remains uninspiring.
  • New Panthers left tackle Michael Oher will have his hands full with 2014 NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.
  • Houston’s defense could be scary if linebackers Jadeveon Clowney and Brian Cushing are healthy. Safety Rahim Moore and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork were a couple nice free agent pickups.
  • The Panthers lost the only game played at Charlotte in the series. Despite three touchdown receptions by receiver Steve Smith, the Texans left town with a 34-21 win on 9/16/07.


vs New Orleans, Sept. 27, 1:00 on FOX

Saints 2014 record: 7-9Series history: Panthers lead 21-19Last meeting: Panthers won 41-10 in New Orleans on 12/7/14Notes:

  • The Saints shocked the league by trading away tight end Jimmy Graham, but that may turn out to be a smart play. Free agent addition C.J. Spiller should help improve their run game, and the Saints now have two first-round picks.
  • Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s work got tougher after the Saints added cornerback Brandon Browner (6-foot-4) to team with Keenan Lewis (6-foot-1).
  • The two teams have split their season series the last two years.
  • The Saints have won three of their last five trips to Bank of America Stadium.


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at Tampa Bay, Oct. 4, 1:00 on FOX

Bucs 2014 record: 2-14Series history: Panthers lead 18-11Last meeting: Panthers won 19-17 in Charlotte on 12/14/14Notes:

  • Carolina’s first four opponents had a combined 20-43 record last year. The Panthers will want to head into the bye that comes after this game at no worse than 3-1.
  • If the Bucs use their top pick on quarterback Jameis Winston in next week’s draft, there’s a very good chance the Panthers will face him in his fourth career start.
  • The series has ended up as a sweep the last six seasons.
  • The Panthers swept the Bucs each of the last two years, including a pair of wins behind backup quarterback Derek Anderson in 2014.



at Seattle, Oct. 18, 4:05 on FOX

Seahawks 2014 record: 12-4Series history: Seahawks lead 7-2Last meeting: Seahawks won 31-17 in Seattle on 1/10/15Notes:

  • The Panthers return from their Week 5 bye to start the toughest stretch of the season. Their next four opponents went a combined 45-19 in 2014.
  • Carolina has dropped five straight to the Seahawks, including four games in the last three seasons.
  • The Panthers are 0-4 all-time in Seattle, including a 31-17 loss in January’s Divisional playoffs.
  • Not only do the Panthers get another crack at many of their old nemeses, but they’ll also face new Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham, who was a prickly foe with the Saints.
  • The last time the Panthers won in the series, quarterback Matt Moore led the way in his first career start on 12/16/07.



vs Philadelphia, Oct. 25, 8:30 on NBC

Eagles 2014 record: 10-6Series history: Eagles lead 6-3Last meeting: Eagles won 45-21 in Philadelphia on 11/10/14Notes:

  • This is the first of two Panthers’ prime-time home games in 14 days. Carolina is 13-20 all-time in prime time after going 0-3 in the time slot last year.
  • Few know what Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is planning week-to-week, so there’s no telling what he may be up to come late October.
  • Quarterback Nick Foles, running back LeSean McCoy and receiver Jeremy Maclin were a few departures. Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray and cornerback Byron Maxwell were among the additions during a wild offseason makeover.
  • The Panthers have lost four of five in the series.
  • They were embarrassed on Monday Night Football last year, trailing 45-7 early in the fourth quarter.
  • Carolina’s only home win in the series was on 11/7/99. Making his fifth career start, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was 8-of-20 for 68 yards and an interception in a 33-7 loss.



vs Indianapolis, Nov. 2, 8:30 on ESPN

Colts 2014 record: 11-5Series history: Panthers lead 4-1Last meeting: Panthers won 27-19 in Indianapolis on 11/27/11Notes:

  • Cam Newton vs. Andrew Luck: A marquee matchup between the No. 1 pick of the 2011 draft and the top pick in 2012.
  • While aging, receiver Andre Johnson and running back Frank Gore give Luck a couple more weapons.
  • The Colts’ only win in the series was on 10/28/07 when Peyton Manning outplayed a Panthers’ quarterback pairing of David Carr and Vinny Testaverde.

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vs Green Bay, Nov. 8, 1:00 on FOX

Packers 2014 record: 12-4Series history: Packers lead 9-4Last meeting: Packers won 38-17 in Green Bay on 10/19/14Notes:

  • The Panthers fell behind 28-0 last October in a forgettable performance that put them in a six-game tailspin.
  • As usual, the Packers watched the rest of the league play in free agency this offseason. Green Bay instead re-signed a couple guys who may have made bigger money on the open market: receiver Randall Cobb and offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga
  • The Packers have won five of the last seven meetings in Charlotte.
  • The last time the Panthers won a home game in the series was a 32-29 Monday Night victory on 10/3/05.

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at Tennessee, Nov. 15, 1:00 on FOX

Titans 2014 record: 2-14Series history: Titans lead 3-1Last meeting: Titans won 30-3 in Charlotte on 11/13/11Notes:

  • No one’s sure what Tennessee is are going to do with the second pick in next week’s draft, so it’s anyone’s guess who will be at quarterback in Week 10.
  • The Titans have won three straight in the series.
  • The Panthers have never beaten Tennessee. Their only win against the franchise formerly known as the Oilers was on 11/14/96 in Houston.

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vs Washington, Nov. 22, 1:00 on FOX

Redskins 2014 record: 4-12Series history: Redskins lead 7-4Last meeting: Panthers won 21-13 at Washington on 11/4/12Notes:

  • The Redskins tend to be in turmoil, and if they struggle during the first half of the season, they may again be a mess when they come to Carolina.
  • Washington’s immediate future still rests on the fragile legs of quarterback Robert Griffin III.
  • The Panthers have won three straight in the series.
  • Carolina has won the last three meetings played in Charlotte.
  • Washington’s last win in Carolina was on 12/13/98.

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at Dallas, Nov. 26, 4:30 on CBS

Cowboys 2014 record: 12-4Series history: Cowboys lead 9-3Last meeting: Cowboys won 19-14 in Charlotte on 10/21/12Notes:

  • Storylines aplenty. The Panthers’ first ever game on Thanksgiving. Potentially against former defensive end Greg Hardy. And there’s sure to be some more drama surrounding the Cowboys come late November.
  • The Cowboys have won nine of the last 10 meetings, including five straight.
  • The Panthers’ last win in the series came in the 2003 Wild Card round.
  • Carolina’s only win in Dallas was on 12/8/97 when Kerry Collins outplayed Troy Aikman.

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at New Orleans, Dec. 6, 1:00 on FOX

Saints 2014 record: 7-9Series history: Panthers lead 21-19Last meeting: Panthers won 41-10 in New Orleans on 12/7/14Notes:

  • This starts a five-game homestretch against teams that all finished below .500 last year.
  • Carolina has won two of its last three trips to New Orleans.
  • Last year’s blow-out win in the Superdome propelled the Panthers on a late-season rally that put them in the playoffs.

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vs Atlanta, Dec. 13, 1:00 on FOX

Falcons 2014 record: 6-10Series history: Falcons lead 24-16Last meeting: Panthers won 34-3 in Atlanta on 12/28/14Notes:

  • This is the first of a pair of games between the two teams in a 15-day span.
  • The Falcons won just 10 games their last two seasons, but they still have some solid pieces, especially on offense. If new defensive-minded head coach Dan Quinn can turn that unit around, Atlanta may not be the pushover many expect them to be.
  • The Panthers snapped a five-game losing streak in the series by winning four of the last five.
  • Atlanta has won three of its last three trips to Charlotte.

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at NY Giants, Dec. 20, 1:00 on FOX

Giants 2014 record: 6-10Series history: Panthers lead 5-4Last meeting: Panthers won 38-0 in Charlotte on 9/22/13Notes:

  • If the Giants are in danger of missing the postseason this late in the season, Tom Coughlin may be coaching one of his final games in New York.
  • The Panthers get their first taste of receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was the best of a star-studded 2014 rookie class.
  • In their last visit to New York, the Panthers opened up their dreadful 2010 season with a 31-18 loss in the inaugural game at MetLife Stadium.

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at Atlanta, Dec. 27, 1:00 on FOX

Falcons 2014 record: 6-10Series history: Falcons lead 24-16Last meeting: Panthers won 34-3 in Atlanta on 12/28/14Notes:

  • The Panthers had lost five straight at the Georgia Dome until they clinched the last two NFC South titles with season-ending wins in Atlanta.

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vs Tampa Bay, Jan. 3, 1:00 on FOX

Bucs 2014 record: 2-14Series history: Panthers lead 18-11Last meeting: Panthers won 19-17 in Charlotte on 12/14/14Notes:

  • The Bucs have averaged just 16 points while dropping five of their last seven visits to Charlotte.
  • The last time the Panthers finished their season at home, Dwayne Jarrett scored his only career touchdown. Carolina won that season finale 23-10 while the Saints rested their starters ahead of their 2009 Super Bowl winning run.


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