Cam's impressive passing numbers
Quarterback Cam Newton has completed 67.3 percent of his passes through eight games. He's on pace to break the single-season franchise record set by Steve Buerelein in 1998 (62.97).
Newton's passer rating is currently 100.8, which is ahead of his previous career high (99.4 in 2015). He's already had five games with a rating of 100 or better, which equals the total he had last season.
Newton has also been deadly in the red zone. He is 21-of-29 with 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions for a league-best passer rating of 124.7.
Running back Christian McCaffrey has 502 yards on the ground, which is already more than he had all of last season when he had 435 as a rookie. He's on pace to be Carolina's first 1,000-yard running back since DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart both hit that mark in 2009.
Also of note, McCaffrey has played 500 of 518 offensive snaps this season. That 97-percent participation rate is the highest of all NFL running backs.
McCaffrey has 49 catches to lead the team. Last year he finished with 80, a Panthers rookie record. The single-season franchise record for receptions is held by wide receiver Steve Smith, who posted 103 in 2005.
The franchise record for total scrimmage yards in a season is 1,636 yards by Williams in 2008. McCaffrey, with 880 scrimmage yards already, is on pace to eclipse that.
Wide receiver Devin Funchess has posted a team-best 445 receiving yards. His career high is the 840 he produced last season. If he gets to 1,000 yards he'll be the first Carolina wideout to do so since Kelvin Benjamin in 2014.
Rookie cornerback Donte Jackson already has four interceptions, which puts him in a four-way tie for first in that category league-wide. The Panthers' single-season record for picks is eight by Doug Evans in 2001. The single-season record for rookies is six by first-round pick Chris Gamble in 2004.
Defensive end Mario Addison, fresh off a three-sack outing against the Bucs, has 7.5 sacks. If he replicates that in the next eight games, Addison will match Greg Hardy and Kevin Greene, who both had 15, for the franchise record. Addison posted a career-high 11 sacks last season.
Newton has been sacked just 12 times, the fourth lowest total in the league. The single-season franchise record for fewest sacks surrendered is 20 given up in 2008.
Carolina has reeled in 11 interceptions already. The Panthers had 10 all of last year.
Speaking of turnovers, Carolina is fourth in turnover differential (+8), sixth in points off turnovers (51) and seventh in total takeaways (15).
The Panthers have just seven giveaways so far, good for third fewest in the NFL. The team record for fewest giveaways is 19, which was done three times.
Versatility on offense
Carolina leads the NFL in rushing by non-running backs with 533 yards and six touchdowns. DJ Moore (117) has the most rushing yards of any wide receiver in the league (also a franchise record for rush yards by a WR), while Newton (342) has the most rushing yards of any quarterback. Moore also has 8.86 yards after per contact rush, the most in the NFL.
The Panthers have scored 200 points through eight games for a 27.5 average. The franchise record for points was set in 2015 when Carolina racked up 500. That year, the Panthers had scored 228 points through eight games.
|Points||Total Yards||Pass Yards||Rush Yards|
|Panthers Offense||27.5 (11th)||371.6 (13th)||227.8 (22nd)||143.9 (2nd)|
|Panthers Defense||22.5 (12th)||344.8 (11th)||250.6 (19th)||94.1 (8th)|