-- This year marks just the second time under head coach Ron Rivera, and first time since 2013, that the Panthers have opened the season at home. Carolina is 3-4 in openers under Rivera. The Panthers are 9-14 on Kickoff Weekend all-time while the Cowboys are 38-19, tying with Denver for the highest winning percentage all-time.
-- Dallas leads the all-time series against Carolina, 9-4, and is 9-2 against the Panthers in the regular season. Three of the Panthers four victories came in big moments including home wins in the playoffs in the 1996 and 2003 seasons and a Thanksgiving afternoon victory in the teams' most recent meeting in Dallas in 2015. Prior to the game in 2015, Dallas had won five in a row in the series.
-- Carolina will be searching for its first home victory against Dallas in the regular season. Sunday marks the first time that Carolina and Dallas have ever met in a season opener.
-- In six games against Dallas as a Panther, Julius Peppers has tallied six sacks, two interceptions, three tackles for loss, three hurries and a forced fumble.
-- Dallas head coach Jason Garrett played under current Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner when Turner coached for the Cowboys in 1993.
-- Panthers safety Colin Jones and tackle Daryl Williams are both from the state of Texas. Jones attended TCU in Fort Worth. Linebacker David Mayo went to school at Texas State.
-- Carolina defensive end Efe Obada recently made the 53-man roster for the first time. His incredible journey included a stop on the Dallas practice squad in 2015.
-- Dallas wide receiver Allen Hurns and Carolina cornerback Corn Elder were once teammates at Miami (Fla.).
-- Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel played at Ohio State with Dallas players Ezekiel Elliott, Rod Smith and Noah Brown.
-- Dallas cornerback Jourdan Lewis and defensive end Taco Charlton played with Carolina wide receiver Devin Funchess at Michigan under current Carolina defensive line coach Brady Hoke, then the head coach for the Wolverines.
-- The Panthers led the NFL with 373.3 net yards per game in the preseason. Carolina rushed for 226 yards against the Dolphins in the second week, tying the output against Pittsburgh in 2015 for the most preseason rushing yards in a game since 2008. It also represented the most by any team in this year's preseason.
-- Christian McCaffrey finished the preseason with 151 rushing yards on 21 carries, ranking fourth in the NFL in rushing average (7.19 - min. 10 attempts).
-- Carolina ranked second in the NFL in offensive touchdowns (13) and second in red zone efficiency (75.0 percent).
-- The Panthers went 3-1 in the preseason, marking just the sixth time that Carolina finished 3-1 or 4-0 in four preseason games. Of the previous five seasons, Carolina made the playoffs in three.
Milestones In Reach In 2018
-- The Panthers need 8 wins to reach 200 wins in franchise history, including the postseason. Carolina is 192-192-1 all-time including the postseason.
-- Rivera needs 10 regular-season wins to pass John Fox (73) for the most regular-season coaching wins in franchise history. Entering his eighth season with Carolina, Rivera has a 64-47-1 record.
-- Cam Newton needs 609 rushing yards to pass Randall Cunningham for second all-time in rushing yards by a quarterback. He needs only 162 rush yards for the most by a quarterback with a single team.
-- Greg Olsen needs two receiving touchdown to pass Wesley Walls for ninth place in NFL career touchdowns by a tight end. He also needs 425 receiving yards to pass Ozzie Newsome for fifth all-time by an NFL tight end.
-- Peppers needs six sacks to pass Kevin Greene for the third-most sacks in NFL history since it became a statistic in 1982.
-- Luke Kuechly needs 99 tackles (press box stats) to pass Patrick Willis (916) for the most tackles in an NFL player's first seven seasons.
-- Mario Addison needs 5.5 sacks to pass Kevin Greene (41.5) for fourth place in franchise history in sacks.
-- Kawann Short needs a half sack to tally 30 sacks in his career. He would be the first Panthers defensive tackle to ever reach 30 career sacks.