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Carolina Panthers Stats, Odds, Standings, Schedule, 2023 NFL Season

Carolina Panthers Last Season’s Performance

The 2022 season ended in disappointment once again for Carolina, despite it finishing second in the NFC South.

After the Panthers began the season 1-4, both head coach Matt Rhule and defensive coordinator Phil Snow were fired. Although interim head coach Steve Wilks led Carolina to a 6-6 record after that, the Panthers missed out on the playoffs after a loss to Tampa Bay in Week 18. Carolina finished the season with a 7-10 record and failed to reach the postseason for the fifth straight season.

Carolina Panthers Key Additions

The Panthers made a number of additions to their offense in the offseason, but their biggest came in the 2023 Draft. Carolina made a trade for the No. 1 pick to draft what it hopes will be its franchise quarterback Bryce Young.

To help Young’s development, the Panthers signed wide receivers DJ Chark and Adam Thielen and tight end Hayden Hurst. Chark and Hurst combined for 916 receiving yards and five touchdowns last season while Thielen was Minnesota’s No. 2 option the past three years, finishing 2022 with 716 total yards and six touchdowns.

Running back Miles Sanders should also bring a boost to the offense after putting up his best season in 2022, recording 1,269 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Carolina also added to the defense with safety Vonn Bell, who had 53 solo tackles and four interceptions last year.

Carolina Panthers Key Subtractions

To get the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, the Panthers had to give up a pick package, though they also had to send leading receiver DJ Moore to Chicago, who led Carolina with 888 yards and seven touchdowns last year.

Carolina also moved on from quarterback Sam Darnold as it looks to the future with Young, while running back Christian McCaffrey was traded midseason to the 49ers and D’Onta Foreman went to Chicago as well.

Foreman led the Panthers last season with 914 rushing yards and five touchdowns after McCaffrey led Carolina in rushing yards in two of his three full seasons with the team.

Defensively, the Panthers moved on from linebackers Cory Littleton and Damien Wilson, safety Myles Hartsfield and defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis, with Hartsfield being the most notable after totaling 59 tackles last season.

Carolina Panthers Head Coach Analysis

After firing Rhule midseason, Carolina gave defensive passing game coordinator Steve Wilks the interim title. However, despite him leading the Panthers to a 6-6 record, the front office decided to hire Reich as its next head coach instead.

Reich was most recently the head coach for the Colts, leading them to a 37-28 record and two playoff appearances in four years before a 3-5-1 start to the 2022 season led to his dismissal. Before he was fired, Reich led Indianapolis to two 10-win seasons during his stint with the team, also leading the Colts to a top-10 scoring offense and No. 2 rushing offense in 2021.

Carolina Panthers Injured Players at the Beginning of the Season

Carolina is facing a few injuries ahead of the 2023 season after not dealing with many last season.

Defensive tackles Jalen Redmond and John Penisini and guards Austin Corbett and Chandler Zavala are all on the physically unable to perform list. Cornerback Donte Jackson and linebacker Marquis Haynes are also both questionable for Week 1.

Carolina Panthers Standings, Calendar, 2023 NFL Season

Carolina Panthers Offense

The Panthers’ offense will look vastly different this season after they struggled last year. Carolina finished in the bottom five in total yards while its scoring offense was 20th, averaging 306.2 total yards and 20.4 points a game in 2022.

The Panthers’ passing offense was fourth-worst, averaging 176.2 passing yards a game and managing just 16 passing touchdowns. Young will look to boost those numbers in his first year, while the additions of Chark and Thielen will aim to replace the loss of production from Moore.

Carolina’s rushing offense fared better than its passing, averaging 130 rushing yards for ninth in the league. Although Foreman is gone, Sanders should be a strong replacement to help lead a solid rushing game in 2023 as well.

Carolina Panthers Defense

Carolina’s defense performed a bit better than its offense in 2022, explaining the Panthers’ primary focus being the offense in the offseason.

The Panthers finished in the bottom half of the league in both total yardage and points, allowing 350.2 total yards and 22 points a game. Carolina had a harder time stopping the pass, allowing 227.5 passing yards a game for the 11th-worst in the league.

Carolina was also one of the worst teams at generating turnovers, with its 17 total the fifth-worst. The Panthers aimed to solve some of those defensive issues with the addition of Bell, who will look to bring a boost to their secondary.

Carolina Panthers Special Teams

The Panthers will enter the 2023 season with both their punter and kicker from last season. Kicker Eddy Pineiro went 33-for-35 on field goals and 30-for-32 on extra points while punter Johnny Hecker averaged 48.5 yards per punt.

Meanwhile, running back Raheem Blackshear and wide receiver Shi Smith took the majority of Carolina’s kick and punt returns, respectively, last season and should expect to do so in 2023 as well.

Carolina Panthers Prediction for the 2023 Season

After another dismal season for the Panthers, Carolina made many roster changes in hopes of finally reaching the playoffs for the first time in years. NFL picks aren’t as optimistic, however, as they have Carolina missing the playoffs yet again.

With more of the roster overhaul coming on the offensive side of the ball, how the Panthers do in 2023 may largely depend on how much improvement the offense can show and the development of rookie quarterback Young. In a weak division that has other teams making some big changes as well, Young should get the opportunity to grow, but a second-place finish in the South may still be a surprise, with NFL predictions placing it third.

Carolina Panthers Final Thoughts

Carolina’s offense was a mess of instability in 2022 as it had three different starting quarterbacks while McCaffrey was traded midseason.

The new season should bring about consistency as the Panthers’ hoped to have found their quarterback of the future in Young while Sanders should bring strength to the run game as well. However, Young’s progress is also reliant upon those around him, so veterans Chark and Thielen must stay healthy to aid in his development, while a strong offensive line will be essential as well.

Carolina Panthers FAQs

Have the Panthers ever won a Super Bowl?

The Panthers have never won a Super Bowl, however they have made two appearances.

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Will Bryce Young win Rookie of the Year?

According to NFL odds, Bryce Young has the second-best odds to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

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How will Frank Reich do in his first year as coach of the Panthers?

Although Reich was fired after the Colts’ disappointing start to the 2022 season, many believe he’ll do better with the Panthers, as NFL expert picks predict they’ll have a winning record in 2023.

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When was the Panthers franchise founded?

The Panthers were founded in October 1993.

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