- Super Bowl Championships: 0
- Last Super Bowl Appearance: Super Bowl 50 (Lost 24-10 to the Denver Broncos)
- Claim to Fame: The Panthers 7-9 record in their first year as an expansion team is an all-time best in the NFL, and they are the only team to ever win consecutive NFC South titles (2013-15)
- Claim to Shame: Carolina has never posted back-to-back winning seasons.
The Carolina Panthers history may not be lengthy, only entering the NFL in 1995, but it’s certainly been successful.
In their second year in the NFL, they won their division with a 12-4 record and even advanced to the NFC Championship. In total, they’ve won six division titles, including three in a row from 2013-15.
Despite an overall losing record (183-184-1), they’ve made their ups count (sort of), reaching four NFC title games and two Super Bowls – losing both.
Cam Newton has been the face of the franchise basically since he was drafted first-overall in 2011. Last season was the fifth time in seven seasons he’s started all 16 games, missing just three total.
The passing numbers aren’t other worldly (his rookie year was his only 4,000-yard season), and he only has one season with 25+ passing TDs. But he’s arguably the most dangerous QB in the league with his legs. In 2017 he rushed for a team-high 754 yards and six touchdowns.
Without Newton’s heroic efforts last season, Carolina would not have come close to their 11-5 record (9-7 ATS).
And heading into 2018, the Panthers have focused on surrounding Newton with play-makers. The Jonathan Stewart era is over, but CJ Anderson will take his place as the between-the-tackles ball-carrier, while Christian McCaffrey continues to be used all over the field.
McCaffrey pulled in 80 catches as a rookie, adding 435 yards on the ground and seven total touchdowns.
Receiver was the biggest need, though, and the team added Torrey Smith in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, and drafted DJ Moore in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Both will be heavily relied upon in the Panthers’ passing attack in 2018.
Ultimately though, the offense will run through Newton and the defense through four-time All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly. If both of them are healthy, the Panthers could find themselves staring down at the rest of the NFC South.