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7-3, 2nd in NFC South
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Panthers gain ground during bye week

Seattle's loss on Monday left Carolina as the NFC's most likely non-division leader to capture a wild-card spot, by FPI's measure. Winning the NFC South remains unlikely for the Panthers after the Saints' miraculous comeback on Sunday.

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Newton thankful for overcoming '08 arrest

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton expressed his thankfulness before Thanksgiving, posting on Instagram about his gratitude that he overcame his 2008 arrest for a stolen laptop while at the University of Florida.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets defensive end Kony Ealy, drafted by the Panthers in 2014 and traded away this past offseason, told the NFL Network he has something to prove in Sunday's game against his former team. "I've got a lot of friends I played with over there and a lot of coaches," Ealy said. "It's going to mean more to me playing in that game and just being fired up about going out there and just really doing what I need to do for my team. But also, getting a little revenge, I guess you could say."

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Power Rankings: Panthers jump two spots on bye week

The Panthers have rushed for 200 yards and multiple scores in back-to-back games, and if that type of success on the ground continues, the sky could be the limit for Carolina.

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Newton shows 'true connection' with Charlotte at Thanksgiving Jam (1:22)
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Cam gives back for the holidays (1:41)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton makes his grand entrance to his Thanksgiving Jam.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

This should be different than any Cam Newton Thanksgiving Jam. Hope to see Cam hit a golf ball.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Kids arriving for the annual Cam Newton Thanksgiving Jam. About 800 kids will get a Thanksgiving meal and a night full of games and Cam.

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Grading the quarterback play for the Panthers

Cam Newton's overall statistics aren't great -- 14 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. But considering he was limited in practice most of the preseason and the first three games, you could argue he has exceeded expectations and is definitely trending upward.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

The issue right now with Panthers center Ryan Kalil, a source said, is regaining strength in his shoulder. His neck feels better, but until the shoulder is at full strength, there's a fear of re-injuring the neck. So while he's back this week and doing some work in practice, it's no sure thing he returns for the Panthers' Week 12 game.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey was lured out of retirement on Monday to play scout team quarterback with backups Derek Anderson and Garrett Gilbert out with an illness. His first pass was intercepted, which coach Ron Rivera called a good thing. He also felt Dorsey was the best option over several players interested in the job. “We figured it was safer than having [punter Michael] Palardy do it,'' Rivera joked. “We figured Ken is expendable, and Palardy is a little more valuable. . . . He was over there warming up. I said, ‘Are you kidding? Kick. That's all we ask is punt.' ''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Both tight end Greg Olsen and Panthers coach Ron Rivera had fun talking about all the Minnesota secrets they gained from Olsen's appearance as a guest analyst for Fox Sports during Sunday's telecast of the Vikings-Rams game, but Rivera was the best. "Without a doubt,'' he said jokingly. "We've got a whole file.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said it would be a ‘' very big boost'' to get tight end Greg Olsen and center Ryan Kalil back for the stretch run. Olsen is on target to return from IR this week. Kalil is hopeful but may be another week off.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said both backup quarterbacks, Derek Anderson and Garrett Gilbert, were out with an illness. Both apparently are contagious.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Center Ryan Kalil says Monday was a good practice and the neck felt as good as it has since the injury occurred prior to the second game. Will see how the week goes and make a decision on whether he plays on Sunday but he is hopeful to play.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen said the plan remains for him to return on Sunday. But he admitted there were a few anxious moments today in his first practice back.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen running routes in practice, a welcome sight for his teammates. Center Ryan Kalil going through some individual drills while Tyler Larsen, who has been replacing Kalil, worked with the trainers.

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NFL Playoff Picture: Where Panthers stand after Week 11

Nothing of relevance changed during the Panthers' bye. They remain in the NFC's top wild-card spot and a game off the pace in the NFC South, with a challenging stretch in sight.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen,who has been on IR since breaking his foot in Week 2, is practicing. So is Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil, who has been limited to two games with a neck injury.

Team Stats

Passing Yards209.022nd
Rushing Yards127.67th
Points For21.3Tied-17th
Points Against18.05th