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This is a pivotal offseason for the Carolina Panthers. New owner David Tepper will make his mark on the organization for the first time since buying the team from the late Jerry Richardson, and his first order of business is finding a new head coach. Ron Rivera was fired after a 5-7 start to the season, and interim head coach Perry Fewell lost all four of his games in charge of the franchise, making it unlikely that Fewell takes over for his former boss. Mike McCarthy is the current frontrunner to be Carolina’s head coach going into the 2020 season. Carolina and the former Packers head coach have already met twice about the opening, and his hire should give the offense a spark. However, the defense needs the most help, as the Panthers had the worst defense in the NFL and allowed the second most points in the league in 2019.

Season Recap

It was a tale of two seasons for Carolina. Cam Newton was lost for the season after just two games, but it looked like the Panthers had something special in Kyle Allen. Allen led Carolina to wins in five of its next six games, and the Panthers were in the middle of the playoff hunt with a 5-3 record.

Everything completely fell apart over the second half of the season. Carolina lost eight straight games to close out the year, and Allen collapsed after a promising start. He threw eight interceptions in his last four starts, and the second-year quarterback ended the season completing 62 percent of his passes for 3,322 yards with 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Will Grier started one game down the stretch to mix things up, but Carolina’s offense was still moribund without Newton.

Christian McCaffrey had an excellent season, but it was largely for not. He broke his own record for receptions for a running back in a single season with 116 receptions, and he became just the third running back to have more than 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in a single year. McCaffrey earned MVP buzz in the first half of the season when Carolina was still competitive, but that dissipated when the team was winless over the second half of the season. Still, the former Stanford running back had 403 touches for 2,492 total yards and 19 touchdowns, winning fantasy leagues for many of his owners.

D.J. Moore had a great sophomore season. Moore was the best receiver on the team, hauling in 87 passes for 1,175 yards with four touchdowns, and he had nearly double the production as the next closest receiver. Those numbers were needed as Greg Olsen’s production declined in his 14th season, and Curtis Samuel had a mediocre year.

Carolina’s defense was a train wreck throughout the season. Linebacker Luke Kuechly continued to play well as a tackling machine, and rookie Brian Burns flashed with 7.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss. However, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy failed to shore up this run defense as the Panthers allowed a league worst 5.2 YPC, and there wasn’t much talent in any position group.

The Panthers had some great special teams even though starting kicker Graham Gano missed the season due to injury. Joey Slye filled in admirably off the street and missed just one field goal inside of 40 yards, while punter Michael Palardy averaged 46 yards per punt.

2020 Season Preview

Aside from the coaching search, the biggest concern for Carolina headed into 2020 is Newton’s health. Newton was banged up through the second half of last season and only played two games this year, so the franchise quarterback needs to get healthy. Allen and Grier aren’t the answer at quarterback, so Newton must return for Carolina to turn it around next season.

The defense is an even bigger concern though. Carolina picks No. 7 in the 2020 NFL Draft, and the Panthers have to get better on this side of the ball. They were outside of the top 20 in almost every defensive category, so this unit must undergo a complete overhaul.

The good news is that Carolina is in a manageable division. Tampa Bay has many of the same problems, and Atlanta has had some major trouble on defense too. The Panthers were the worst team in the NFC South in 2019, but it might not take too much to make them the second-best team in the division next year.

2019 Carolina Panthers Betting Schedule

Week 1 Panthers vs. Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 8, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 2 Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Sept. 12, 8:20 p.m. ET NFLN
Week 3 Panthers at Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Sept. 22, 4:05 p.m. ET FOX
Week 4 Panthers at Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 5 Panthers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 6 Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Oct. 13, 9:30 p.m. ET NFLN
Week 7 BYE - -
Week 8 Panthers at San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Oct. 27, 4:05 p.m. ET FOX
Week 9 Panthers vs. Tennessee Titans Sunday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 10 Panthers at Green Bay Packers Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 11 Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 12 Panthers at New Orleans Saints Sunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 13 Panthers vs. Washington Redskins Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 14 Panthers at Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 15 Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 16 Panthers at Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Dec. 22, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 17 Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints Sunday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m. ET FOX
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Past Carolina Panthers Seasons

2018 7-9 None
2017 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
2016 6-10 None
2015 15-1 Lost Super Bowl
2014 7-8-1 Lost Divisional Round
2013 12-4 Lost Divisional Round
2012 7-9 None
2011 6-10 None
2010 2-14 None
2009 8-8 None
2008 12-4 Lost Divisional Round
2007 7-9 None
2006 8-8 None
2005 11-5 Lost Conference Championship
2004 7-9 None
2003 11-5 Lost Super Bowl
2002 7-9 None
2001 1-15 None
2000 7-9 None
1999 8-8 None
1998 4-12 None
1997 7-9 None
1996 12-4 Lost Conference Championship
1995 7-9 None

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