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Panthers vs. Raiders Game Preview

The Panthers open the 2020 season at home against the Raiders, who were recently relocated to Las Vegas. Here are some matchup notes, stats to know and team connections for Sunday's game. Click here to find out how to watch and follow the game on Sunday.

Season Openers

  • Carolina is 10-15 all-time in season openers, including 4-8 when opening the year at home. However, the Panthers have won four of the last six season openers dating back to the 20-14 win in Tampa Bay in 2014.
  • Including 2020's home opener, the Panthers will have played 13 openers at home and 13 on the road in 26 seasons.

History: Panthers vs. Raiders

Get to Know the Raiders

The Raiders finished 7-9 in 2019 in head coach Jon Gruden's second season. The Raiders are the first NFL team to call Las Vegas home.

Quarterback Derek Carr ranked 16th in the league last season with 253.4 passing yards per game.

Running back Josh Jacobs returns after a stellar 2019 when the rookie posted 1,150 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns and ranked third in the NFL with 88.5 rushing yards per game. Tight end Darren Waller ranked second among NFL tight ends with 1,145 receiving yards.

Las Vegas will look to first-round pick Henry Ruggs III to make an impact in the passing game. He finished his career ranked third in Alabama history with 24 receiving touchdowns while totaling 1,716 yards in three seasons.

Carolina is 3-3 all-time against the Raiders with a 2-1 record at home.

Table inside Article
Category (2018 stats) Panthers Raiders
Total Yards/Game 341.8 (19th) 363.7 (11th)
Rushing Yards/Game 113.7 (14th) 118.3 (13th)
Passing Yards/Game 258.4 (10th) 256.9 (t-12th)
Sacks Allowed 58 (t-31st) 29 (8th)
Third Down Efficiency 31.9 (29th) 43.8 (7th)
Points/Game 21.3 (20th) 19.6 (24th)
Total Yards/Game 374.5 (23rd) 354.8 (19th)
Rushing Yards/Game 143.5 (29th) 98.1 (8th)
Passing Yards/Game 231.0 (13th) 256.7 (25th)
Sacks 53 (2nd) 32 (t-24th)
Third Down Efficiency 39.9 (t-21st) 42.6 (26th)
Points/Game 29.4 (31st) 26.2 (24th)

Stat Nuggets To Know

  • Teddy Bridgewater will become the 10th different Panthers' quarterback to start in Week 1.
  • In 2019, Christian McCaffrey finished the year with the third-most scrimmage yards in a single season in NFL history (2,392) and became just the third player to record 1,000-plus rushing yards and 1,000-plus receiving yards in one season. He also reset his own NFL record for most receptions by a running back (116).
  • Through 48 career games, McCaffrey is averaging 6.3 receptions per game, the highest average by any running back in NFL history and the fourth highest by any player regardless of position.
  • McCaffrey led the Panthers in scoring (116) for the second-straight season, becoming the first non-kicker to do that in franchise history.
  • Last season, DJ Moore became the eighth Panther to record 1,000 receiving yards (1,175). At 22, he was also the youngest Panther to ever do it.
  • In 2019, Carolina posted eight plays that went for 50+ yards (4 rushing, 4 receiving), tied for third most in the NFL. Moore's four plays of 50+ yards tied for the 2nd most ever by a Panther.
  • Carolina is sporting a new look in 2020. Of the 53 players on the initial roster set last Saturday, only 23 were on the initial roster in 2019.

Chasing Milestones in 2020

  • The Panthers need five wins to reach 200 regular season wins. Dating back to 1995, the Panthers are 195-204-1 in the regular season.
  • McCaffrey (2,523) needs 25 receiving yards to pass Mark Carrier for fifth most in franchise history.
  • McCaffrey (303) needs 22 receptions to pass Wesley Walls for fourth most in franchise history. McCaffrey (2,920) needs 417 rushing yards to pass DeShaun Foster for fourth most in franchise history.
  • McCaffrey (39) needs 15 scrimmage touchdowns to move into the top 10 (Adrian Peterson/Maurice Jones-Drew) for most scores in his first four seasons.
  • McCaffrey (5,443) needs 1,492 scrimmage yards to move into the top 10 (Emmitt Smith) for most scrimmage yards in his first four seasons.
  • Moore (1,963) needs 85 receiving yards to pass Ted Ginn (2,047) to move into 10th place in franchise history.
  • Curtis Samuel (14) needs six scrimmage touchdowns to tie Stephen Davis for 10th place in franchise history.
  • JJ Jansen (176) needs seven games played to pass Steve Smith for second in franchise history behind John Kasay (221).

Notable Connections


  • Panthers quarterbacks coach Jake Peetz spent three seasons with the Raiders from 2015-17, coaching the QBs in his final season there.
  • Linebacker Tahir Whitehead spent two seasons with the Raiders, leading the team with back-to-back 100-tackle seasons in 2018 and 2019.
  • Wide receiver Seth Roberts played four seasons with the Raiders from 2015-18, totaling 1,826 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.


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