2017 ScheduleAll times ET

2017 Schedule
2-1, 2nd in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson had been silent on Donald Trump's tweets and the reaction from players and ownership around the league until Monday afternoon. The organization was one of only two (Dallas was the other) that hadn't made a statement until Richardson released this: “We are proud of the men we have on this football team. Our players have been active and impactful participants in making our community stronger. From the first time I stepped into an NFL locker room at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore in 1959, I have lived and seen the sport's ability to bring people of all backgrounds together. Politicizing the game is damaging and it takes the focus off the greatness of the game itself and those who plays it.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short on the difference in facing New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and upcoming New England's Tom Brady: "I don't think there is a big difference other than rings"

ESPN Stats & Info

Missed opportunity to move to 3-0

Six of the eight teams to enter Week 3 at 2-0 lost: the Broncos, Lions, Panthers, Raiders, Ravens and Steelers. Historically, that would leave their playoff odds around a coin flip instead of near 75 percent. ESPN's FPI is still bullish on the Steelers (81.7 percent odds), but it pegs the rest of these teams at 50.5 percent or below, with the Panthers all the way down at 27.7 percent.

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Benjamin's MRI shows no structural damage

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said on Monday that an MRI on the left knee of Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin showed no structural damage. Rivera said it was too early to tell if Benjamin would be available for Sunday's game at New England.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera on what he saw after reviewing film of Sunday's 34-13 loss to New Orleans: “We played some undisciplined football, didn't play very smart in a couple of situations. Some of it was probably trying to do more than we needed to, probably trying to do way too much, not staying within the framework of what we should be doing.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera hopes everyone understands what players are going through when put in a position to take a position as was the case on Sunday. “People have to understand what the narrative is. To me I don't think this has anything to do with disrespect for the military or disrespect for the first responders. This is about the rights and freedoms that people have, that people deserve. A lot of these players want to stand up for bigotry and injustice, and a lot of the bad things that are going on.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

What Panthers coach Ron Rivera said about defensive end Julius Peppers staying in the locker room during the National Anthem on Sunday: “I have a tremendous amount of respect for how he did it. He was trying to find a way to do it the right way. I think he was trying to make sure everybody understood he has a tremendous amount of respect for what the flag stands for, for the military personnel, for the first responders. I know he really battled with that. He did what he thought was right and supported them on that.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera has been clear on wanting players to stand and show respect during the anthem but he also respected defensive end Julius Peppers' decision not to come out for the anthem on Sunday.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The MRI on wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin's left knee from last night came back good. Now it is how fast Benjamin responds to treatment. Too early to tell for this week.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera "You can't settle for field goals. ... If you do that you re not going to win."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the Saints ran a quick count once early that should have been flagged because not all the Saints were set. New Orleans went on to score a touchdown.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers, who did not show up on the field for the National Anthem on Sunday, also didn't show up in the defensive stats. He didn't have a sack, quarterback hit or tackle. The only sack the Panthers got against Saints quarterback Drew Brees came from Mario Addison.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back Christian McCaffrey played 69 percent (41 of 59) of the Panthers' snaps on Sunday and caught nine passes for 101 yards. Jonathan Stewart played 44 percent and rushed 12 times for 57 yards. Seems the Panthers have gotten away from being that physical running team Coach Ron Rivera talked about during the preseason.

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Newton says President Trump's remarks 'unacceptable' (0:54)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers are waiting on the results of an MRI on wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin's left knee, a league source said. Benjamin went down awkwardly on the knee, the same that ended his 2015 season in training camp, in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to New Orleans and didn't return.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Cam Newton posted a Total QBR of 4.4 in today's loss to the Saints. That's a career-low single-game Total QBR for him.

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Newton says he can't be lackluster with the ball (0:29)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Donald's Trump's tweets and what has transpired over the last 24 hours: “My own opinion, some of the remarks were unacceptable, especially in certain people's positions. At the end of the day we still need work in our society on the whole. One thing about it, on both fronts, I will do my job. . . . There's been an epidemic in this country for quite some time. I just feel as if certain things happening doesn't make it right on both sides.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The full statement of Panthers' coach Ron Rivera on what he said to players last night about Dona'd Trump's tweets: "I told the guys I really think what we need to do is if we are to be united we need to all stand, look at the flag and be at attention. Left hand down at our side and right hand on our heart, we need to look at the flag and listen to the national anthem. We need to think it and vision it for an America that we believe in, that is free from injustice, free from bigotry and free from prejudice. Then when you guys ask me we tell you that, we tell you that we believe in America, that we support our military, we support our first responders and we most certainly do not believe in racism and bigotry and we want to see that out of this country. I told them that's how I feel and I have my personal reasons to feel that way. We left it at that.''

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Cam Newton: It's gut check time for a lot of people, including myself (0:57)

Team Stats

Passing Yards168.330th
Rushing Yards108.313th
Points For15.029th
Points Against13.32nd

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