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Panthers hope for better results against post-Brees Saints

Sep. 16, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers could never really figure out Drew Brees when he was playing quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. They’re hoping things will be different on Sunday with Jameis Winston at the helm. Brees dominated...

Panthers hope Gonzalez settles revolving door at kicker

Sep. 15, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Zane Gonzalez thought there was a possibility he might wind up with the Carolina Panthers following a strong tryout with the team this past June in which he was “pretty much perfect” on his field-goal and extra-point attempts. It took three...

Panthers' defense had attitude, edge in Week 1 win over Jets

Sep. 13, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Defensive end Haason Reddick said the Carolina Panthers' defense has put the league on notice. While it may be a bit early to make any grand proclamations after a 19-14 win over a New York Jets team coming off a 2-14 last season and starting a...

Tailgating, face-painted fans back in force at NFL stadiums

Sep. 12, 2021 21:01 PM EDT

Tailgating, face-painted fans returned in full force at stadiums around the country as the NFL opened its doors to capacity for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic. Some wore masks, some didn’t. Some are vaccinated, some aren’t. ...

Jets QB Wilson shows toughness, 'moxie' in loss to Panthers

Sep. 12, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Zach Wilson got a first-hand look at just how difficult it can be to play quarterback for the New York Jets. But despite getting sacked six times and taking a crushing hit from mammoth defensive tackle Derrick Brown in a 19-14 loss to the Carolina...

Darnold, defense lead Panthers past Jets 19-14 in opener

Sep. 12, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — If beating the team that traded him gave Sam Darnold any vindication, the fourth-year quarterback certainly wasn't sharing it. “No, not for me,” Darnold said. Darnold maintained his even-keeled persona after throwing for...

Panthers' Brady believes McCaffrey can return to top form

Sep. 10, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers ranked near the bottom of most offensive categories last season. They’re hoping a healthy Christian McCaffrey changes all that. McCaffrey combined for 2,392 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns during a memorable All-Pro...

Browns-Chiefs a juicy headliner for Week 1 of NFL schedule

Sep. 10, 2021 00:25 AM EDT

The Chiefs have been hanging with the NFL elite almost since Andy Reid arrived as coach in 2013. For most of that period, the Browns were putrid. As the first full weekend of the 2021 schedule gets going, Cleveland just might be the biggest threat to Kansas City making a...

Jets' past clashes with future as QBs Darnold, Wilson meet

Sep. 09, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — All eyes will be on the quarterbacks Sunday as the New York Jets' past clashes with its future when Sam Darnold faces his rookie replacement Zach Wilson in the season opener. Darnold was once viewed as the Jets’ franchise QB after being selected...

Darnold takes blame for Jets losses, eager for next chapter

Sep. 08, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sam Darnold is ready to begin the next chapter of his NFL career, which means putting the past behind him. After three unsuccessful seasons with the New York Jets in which the 2018 No. 3 overall draft pick went 13-25 as a starter with 45...