Panthers game day notes

September 7, 2013 

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Carolina Panthers (1) quarterback Cam Newton releases a pass to a receiver as the Denver Broncos defense rushes during fourth quarter action on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Broncos defeated the Panthers 36-14.

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Carolina Panthers

Coach: Ron Rivera

Key Stats

5 Years since the Panthers last won a season opener – a 26-24 victory at San Diego on Sept. 7, 2008. Carolina is 6-12 all-time in Week 1.

6 Carries (for 6 yards) for RB DeAngelo Williams last season in a 16-12 loss to Seattle. With Jonathan Stewart beginning the season on the physically unable to perform list, Williams is expected to get the bulk of the touches Sunday.

8 Tackles needed by LB Thomas Davis to surpass former CB Chris Gamble (558 total) as the No. 3 tackler in team history. Davis averaged 7.9 tackles a game in 2012.

60.7 Improvement in yards allowed per game for Carolina last season beginning in Week 5 against Seattle, when Luke Kuechly took over for an injured Jon Beason at middle linebacker.

Starting Lineup

Offense

WR189 Steve Smith
LT69 Jordan Gross
LG66 Amini Silatolu
C67 Ryan Kalil
RG65 Garry Williams
RT77 Byron Bell
TE88 Greg Olsen
WR211 Brandon LaFell
QB1 Cam Newton
FB35 Mike Tolbert
RB34 DeAngelo Williams

Defense

LDE95 Charles Johnson
DT92 Dwan Edwards
NT96 Star Lotulelei
RDE76 Greg Hardy
WLB52 Jon Beason
MLB59 Luke Kuechly
SLB58 Thomas Davis
LCB22 Josh Thomas
RCB41 Captain Munnerlyn
SS27 Quintin Mikell
FS30 Charles Godfrey

Special Teams

K9 Graham Gano
P8 Brad Nortman
H8 Brad Nortman
PR19 Ted Ginn
KR19 Ted Ginn
LS44 J.J. Jansen
KO9 Graham Gano

Injuries

OUT: RB Kenjon Barner (foot), CB James Dockery (thumb). DOUBTFUL: S Mike Mitchell (calf). QUESTIONABLE: DT Dwan Edwards (thigh), WR Domenik Hixon (hamstring), G Amini Silatolu (hamstring). PROBABLE: LB Jon Beason (knee), TE Ben Hartsock (foot), RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring).

Schedule/Results

OpponentTimeTV
September
8Seattle1FOX
15At Buffalo1FOX
22N.Y. Giants1FOX
29Bye
October
6At Arizona4:05FOX
13At Minnesota1FOX
20St. Louis1FOX
24At Tampa Bay8:25NFLN
November
3Atlanta1FOX
10At San Francisco4:05FOX
18New England8:40ESPN
24At Miami1*FOX
December
1Tampa Bay1*FOX
8At New Orleans1*FOX
15N.Y. Jets4:05*CBS
22New Orleans1*FOX
29At Atlanta1*FOX

*–Subject to change

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