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1-5, 4th in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers (1-5) moved within 2 1/2 games of the Falcons (4-3) in the NFC South with San Diego's 33-30 overtime win at Atlanta. Maybe this is 2014 all over again.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly will have his jersey retired today at Boston College, where he set a school record with 532 tackles and became known as a "tackling machine." "Luke is a very deserving person and a very deserving student-athlete for Boston College," former BC quarterback Doug Flutie told reporters at Kuechly's press conference. "He's playing in the NFL and doing these great things that make you proud. He makes you proud that he went to Boston College, and it's a great moment for the program to honor one of the all-time greats."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers DT Kawann Short was fined $18,231.for his roughing the passer penalty on Drew Brees on Sunday. Brees said Short punched him in the mouth.

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Panthers, Packers lead NFL teams

This year's top teams combine great coaching (ahem, Bruce Arians), ownership (Green Bay!) and title track (we see you, Seahawks!). At the bottom? Well, there's the 49ers.

Panthers named No. 1 NFL franchise in 2016 Ultimate Standings (0:55)
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NFL, NFLPA rule proper protocol after Newton hit

The Panthers correctly followed the concussion protocol after Cam Newton was hit in the season opener, the NFL and NFLPA ruled after independent investigations.

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QB Grades: Cam's been crummy so far

Expectations couldn't have been higher for the reigning NFL MVP coming off a Super Bowl run and the return of his top target from injury. But inconsistency has plagued Cam Newton in 2016. Grading every QB

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Do the Panthers still have some hope?

FPI gives Carolina a small chance (9 percent) at the postseason, projecting a 7-9 finish overall. Football Outsiders, however, gives the Panthers a better chance to get April's No. 1 pick than to make the playoffs. Playoff odds (Insider)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Joint statement from the NFL and NFLPA after their investigation into how the concussion protocol was handled when Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took a shot to the head in the opener at Denver: "The NFL and NFLPA have conducted reviews of the application of the Concussion Protocol in the September 8th Panthers-Broncos game and have determined the following. In the fourth quarter, Mr. Newton incurred a helmet-to-helmet hit which drew a penalty. Mr. Newton was slow to get up following that hit. The Panthers medical staff and the Unaffiliated Neuro-trauma Consultant (UNC) were positioned together on the sidelines monitoring the game and were unable to see the point of contact and decided to review the play via the sideline video replay system. In order to facilitate the video review, the team physician and UNC initiated radio contact with the Booth ATC and asked to view the video. Under the current application of the Protocol, once contact between the Booth ATC and the club's medical team occurs, the Booth ATC's responsibilities end (including the ability to call a medical time out). The time it took to actually receive the video following this request was prolonged due to a technology glitch. After reviewing the replay and observing Mr. Newton from the sideline, the Panthers' medical staff and the UNC agreed that no further evaluation of Mr. Newton was necessary as they did not observe signs or symptoms of concussion."

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

A joint review by the NFL and NFLPA of the in-game concussion protocol as applied to Cam Newton in Week 1 and Tyrod Taylor in Week 2 "determined that the club physicians and UNCs worked closely together to review the plays at issue and jointly made medical determinations regarding evaluation and diagnosis; in each instance, the medical determination made revealed that neither player had sustained a concussion." The league and union announced some enhancements to the concussion protocol, including a requirement for "the Booth ATC Spotter to remain in contact with the club medical team and provide video support until the medical team confirms that a concussion evaluation has occurred."

Divisional games impact the playoff predictor (1:06)
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FPI likes Panthers, even if record doesn't

History is not on the defending NFC champs' side as they look to get out of a 1-5 hole to make the playoffs. But even after losing to New Orleans Sunday, Carolina moves up in the rankings. Full FPI rankings

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

If you believe in the Carolina Panthers, now may be the time to bet them. Their Super Bowl odds the last five weeks? 12-1, 14-1, 25-1, 40-1, 80-1. They opened 12-1 back in January.

Quarterback expectations vs. reality (1:03)
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Panthers take serious tumble in rankings

Our panel is starting to lose faith in Carolina, who dropped a league-high 10 spots this week. Cam Newton's struggles against the blitz are particularly worrisome. Power Rankings

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Luke Kuechly is as sure a tackler as ever

Per Pro Football Focus, Kuechly led the league in missed-tackle rate in 2015 (once every 24 attempts). This year, he has just one missed tackle in 65 attempts. NFL's best at everything (Insider)

Team Stats

Passing Yards273.36th
Rushing Yards121.06th
Points For26.85th
Points Against29.3Tied-29th

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