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NFL Thursday Night Football open game thread

The Chargers and Chiefs square off tonight in an AFC West battle.

The Chargers and Chiefs are on Thursday Night Football tonight in what should be a great game between two divisional rivals.

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Cam Newton: Saints' Cam Jordan 'Disrespectful' for Sending Broom to Panthers

As the Carolina Panthers prepare to face the New Orleans Saints twice over the final three weeks of the regular season, Cam Newton is using last season (and the aftermath) as motivation...

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Cam Newton using broom as motivation to beat the Saints this week

Cam Newton and his Carolina Panthers head into Week 15 with a 6-7 mark, losing their past five games. Still very much alive in the NFC playoff race, two of Carolina’s final three games come against the first-place New Orleans Saints. This is the same Saints team that defeated Super Cam and Co. three times last season. After Carolina's loss to the Saints in last season’s playoffs, an unnamed individual sent Newton a broom — representing the three-game sweep at the hands of New Orleans....

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Bradley Smith

Chris Clark, Graham Gano and Rashaan Gaulden all missed practice today

There’s a chance the Panthers are in a very dire situation on the offensive line heading into a critical divisional matchup on Monday night.

The Panthers were back on the field today in preparation for their game on Monday night against the Saints, and a few notable players were absent from practice today.

The biggest name on today’s report is left tackle Chris Clark. While he hasn’t been the best left tackle in the league since being signed by the Panthers as an emergency option after...

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Walker Clement

Cam Newton’s shoulder probably isn’t done healing and that’s okay

I spoke to a shoulder surgeon about Cam Newton’s shoulder to see if the end really is nigh. Spoiler: it is not.

Cam Newton is clearly not at the top of his game. He entered the NFL with one of the strongest arms in the league and turned downfield passing into a hallmark of the Carolina Panthers’ offense. For the first time in his career, Newton has had to step off the field in crucial, late-game situations to let his back-up attempt a desperation Hail Mary because his own arm isn’t up...

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Ashley Barnett

Whether they like it or not, the Panthers will have to run against the Saints

The Saints have the best run defense in the NFL, but the Panthers will have to run to win.

The Carolina Panthers 26-20 loss to the Cleveland Browns all but destroyed their hopes for the playoffs. Cam Newton threw for 265 yards (and surpassed 3,000 passing yards for the eighth straight season), but was hindered by his right shoulder. Newton overthrew an open Jarius Wright on 4th and goal at the three yard line with 2:35 left. Then in the final 57 seconds, Newton missed Devin Funchess and was...

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Bradley Smith

Panthers vs Saints: Full coverage

The Panthers face the Saints on Monday, December 17 at 8:15 p.m. ET.

Carolina Panthers (6-7) vs New Orleans Saints (11-2)

Last meeting: Jan 7, 2018—Panthers 26 Saints 31

Regular season series: Panthers lead 24-22

Postseason series: Saints lead 1-0

The Carolina Panthers are back home this week for a Week 15 matchup with the New Orleans Saints on Monday, December 17 at 8:15 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

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Bradley Smith

The Scratching Post: 12/13/18

Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss.

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Luke Kuechly leads by example with "max effort" against Browns | Max Henson, Panthers.com
Carolina's All-Pro linebacker created two takeaways and truly left it all out there versus Cleveland.

Resting Cam Newton isn't an option Panthers should consider | David Newton, ESPN
Carolina's QB has been dealing...

ESPN.com - Carolina Panthers

Luke Kuechly running down Jarvis Landry exemplifies no quit in Panthers

You say Carolina is done at 6-7? You say there's only a 5 percent chance at the playoffs? The Panthers' linebacker and his teammates aren't listening.

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MickSmiley

How the Panthers 2013-2016 first round picks have undermined the 2018 season

As the Panthers 2018 roster can attest, first round picks can make or break a team.

Few things can doom a franchise like whiffing on their first round picks. When first rounders work out the team gets an every-down difference maker with a ridiculously low cap hit for the first four years of his contract, often followed by an affordable fifth year option. If all goes as planned, they become franchise cornerstones for the next decade. Nailing first round picks is key in transforming good teams...

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Bradley Smith

The Scratching Post: 12/12/18

Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss.

Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post.

Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume.

Panthers’ playoff hopes are still alive, barely | Jourdan Rodrigue, Charlotte Observer
The Panthers’ playoff hopes are still alive, but by how much? And what absolutely has to get fixed for them to pry open that margin?

Rookie Ian Thomas took a big step forward in Cleveland | Max Henson,...

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Raiders waive C.J. Anderson

C.J. Anderson‘s stay back in the AFC West did not last long. The Raiders made the decision to waive the veteran running back on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. The Bay Area native signed with Oakland a week ago but did not play in the Raiders’ upset win over the Steelers on Sunday. This marks the third time Anderson has been cut in 2018. This comes on the heels of an Anderson's 1,000-yard season in ’17. While the Broncos possessed one of the NFL’s worst offenses last year,...

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Jonathan DeLong

Tuesday Turtle Spotlight: The Browns showed the Panthers how to run in the red zone

The Panthers have always preferred to go with traditional runs close to the end zone and found mixed results. The Browns did something different.

The Carolina Panthers love running out of jumbo sets in short yardage situations. Whenever the ball gets close to the goal line, Norv likes to send out the hog mollies to try to grind out those final yards.

He should stop doing that.

Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns provided the perfect juxtaposition of smash mouth football with...

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Walker Clement

So you’re saying there’s a chance?

Ron Rivera still wants to take the Panthers to the playoffs this year.

I don’t think Ron Rivera was trying to channel an unflattering meme when he said that “all you need is a chance” during his press conference this morning. His reference was to the fact that the Panthers season is not mathematically over. As desperate as many Panthers fans feel for change, whether it be on or off the field, the idea of looking at the playoffs on the heels of a five game losing stretch seems a little...

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Jaxon

The good, the bad and the ugly from the Panthers’ 26-20 loss to the Browns

The format fits yet again after another disappointing loss by the Panthers.

The good

There were a number of players who had a nice game for the Panthers in spite of the outcome. Linebacker Luke Kuechly led the team with eleven tackles and two forced fumbles. Rookie cornerback Donte Jackson had a decent game as well with nine tackles, if you ignore the first play the Browns ran. Likewise running back Christian McCaffrey had 111 combined yards rushing and receiving and ran for two touchdowns....

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MickSmiley

Panthers 20, Browns 26: Three plays to love, 3 plays to hate

These key plays swung momentum and decided the Panthers 26-20 road loss against the Cleveland Browns, putting Carolina’s record at 6-7.

Plays to Love, Plays to Hate (aka “P2L, P2H”) looks at the most significant plays in swinging momentum and impacting the eventual outcome of the game. There is always plenty to hate about NFL officiating, so we will only focus on the plays on the field, not the refs.

Three plays to love

1st Quarter 1:29 – Panthers 7, Browns 7. Browns ball 2nd-and-12...

ESPN.com - Carolina Panthers

Resting Cam Newton isn't an option Panthers should consider

Carolina's QB has been dealing with a sore shoulder for several weeks, but with a playoff berth still possible, sitting out is out of the question.

ESPN.com - Carolina Panthers

Browns in the playoffs? Here's how it could happen

So you're saying there's still a chance? Yes, the Browns have a 0.2 percent chance of making the postseason, but it's fun to dream.

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Bradley Smith

The Scratching Post: 12/11/18

Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss.

Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post.

Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume.

6-Pack: Key moments that doomed Panthers in yet another close loss | Bill Voth, Panthers.com
Two big plays over the top, a pair of holding calls and a long run contributed to Carolina's fifth straight loss.

NFC Playoff Picture: How Panthers loss to Browns impacts standings | Bill Riccette,...

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Bradley Smith

NFL Monday Night Football open game thread

The Vikings and Seahawks face off tonight on MNF.

The Vikings and Seahawks square off tonight on Monday Night Football in what should be an entertaining game.

Use this space to talk about the action as it unfolds.

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