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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)

Feb 8, 2016 10:41 AM

The New England Patriots are the favorites to win the 2016 Super Bowl at 9-1.

The Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, while the team with the second best odds, the Carolina Panthers, lost to the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

New England -- 9-1
Carolina -- 10-1
Seattle -- 11-1
Green Bay -- 12-1
Pittsburgh -- 12-1
Arizona -- 15-1
Cincinnati -- 15-1
Indianapolis -- 15-1
Denver -- 18-1
Dallas -- 24-1
Kansas City -- 25-1
Minnesota -- 25-1
Philadelphia -- 35-1
Baltimore -- 38-1
Giants -- 42-1
Jets -- 42-1
Buffalo -- 45-1
Houston -- 45-1
Atlanta -- 50-1
LA Rams -- 50-1
Washington -- 50-1
Miami -- 60-1
Detroit -- 60-1
Oakland -- 60-1
Chicago -- 65-1
New Orleans -- 65-1
San Diego -- 75-1
Jacksonville -- 85-1
San Francisco -- 110-1
Tampa Bay -- 110-1
Cleveland -- 200-1
Tennessee -- 220-1

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Cam Newton Nearly Unanimous As NFL MVP

Feb 6, 2016 11:23 PM

Cam Newton has been named NFL Most Valuable Player for the 2015 season.

Newton led the Panthers to a franchise-best 15-1 record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC. He threw for 3,837 passing yards with a 59.7 completion percentage along with a career-high 35 passing touchdowns and career-low 10 interceptions.

Newton received 48 votes while Tom Brady and Carson Palmer each received one vote.

Jonathan Jones/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Personal Award

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Ron Rivera Named Coach Of The Year

Feb 6, 2016 9:35 PM

Ron Rivera has been named Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons.

Rivera led the Carolina Panthers to the best record in the NFL during the regular season.

Rivera received 36 1-2 votes, well ahead of Andy Reid's six votes.

Barry Wilner/AP

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Personal Award

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Cam Newton Wins Offensive Player Of The Year

Feb 6, 2016 9:22 PM

Cam Newton has been named the 2015 Offensive Player of the Year.

Newton had 35 passing touchdowns and an additional 10 rushing while throwing for 3,847 yards.

Newton received 18 votes followed by Antonio Brown with 10.


Tags: Carolina Panthers, Personal Award

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Panthers Made Blockbuster Offer To Colts For Peyton Manning In 1998

Jan 31, 2016 3:47 PM

The Carolina Panthers attempted to trade for Peyton Manning ahead of the 1998 NFL Draft.

The Panthers offered Kerry Collins and multiple draft picks to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for Manning

Bill Polian had drafted Collins just three years earlier when he was GM of the Panthers.

"Bill was dead set against it," said Dom Capers, Carolina's head coach at the time who was also given control of personnel decisions when Polian left the team after the 1997 season.

"He was set on keeping the pick. You never know on those kinds of things — but sometimes you have to try."

Polian said trading Manning was never a consideration.

"There wasn't anything they could give us that was going to replace Peyton Manning," Polian said.

Steve Reed/AP

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Misc Rumor

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Thomas Davis Expects To Play In Super Bowl Despite Broken Arm

Jan 28, 2016 7:01 PM

Thomas Davis expects to play in the Super Bowl despite breaking his right forearm in the NFC Championship Game.

Davis underwent surgery which included 11 or 12 screws and a metal plate inserted into his arm.

Davis is so optimistic about facing the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 7 that he fought back when teammates playfully started grabbing at his arm.

"They kind of grabbed my arm like, 'You can't retaliate. You can't do anything,'" Davis said. "It was feeling a lot better today than it was yesterday, so I retaliated like, 'If you want to try me now.'

"It was all in fun. It feels good to be healing up now, knowing I have a lot more time to heal."

David Newton/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Injury

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Panthers Open As -5.5 Favorites, Line Moves To -4 With Bets On Broncos

Jan 25, 2016 12:01 PM

The Carolina Panthers opened at -5.5 favorites over the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.

But betting on the Broncos has moved the line to -4.

The over-under points total is 44.5.

When the Manning-led Broncos played two seasons ago in the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks, they were 2.5-point favorites and lost 43-8. Gamblers wagered a state-record $119.4 million and books made an unprecedented $19.7 million profit.

Ray Brewer/Las Vegas Sun

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos

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Jared Allen Upset About Panthers' Decision To Sit Him Against Arizona

Jan 22, 2016 6:06 PM

Jared Allen has been ruled out of the NFC Championship Game with a fractured foot.

Allen wasn't about the Carolina Panthers' decision.

"Not happy, plain and simple," Allen said Friday. "I am ready to rock. It's a coach's decision. Got to live with it."


Ron Rivera told the NFL's active career sack leader (136) of his decision after Allen was unable to practice Friday in icy, snowy conditions.

"He's very disappointed," Rivera said. "He took it hard. We've got to look at this going forward as far as what's best for the team is concerned on Sunday."

David Newton/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Injury

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2015 Championship Game Matchups (DVOA Infographics)

Jan 20, 2016 4:17 PM

The following infographics show the percentile rankings for all four 2015 NFL playoff teams in the NFC and AFC Championship Games in the categories of DVOA for offense, defense, pass offense, rush offense, pass defense and rush defense. 

The infographics show the strengths and weaknesses of every team.

New England Patriots at Denver Broncos

Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers

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Panthers, Cardinals Were Two Of Five Teams In Top-10 Off., Def. DVOA

Jan 19, 2016 6:21 PM

The NFL final four is set this season with the Arizona Cardinals playing at the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship and the New England Patriots playing at the Denver Broncos.

Both the Cardinals and Panthers finished the regular season ranked in the top-10 in both offensive and defensive DVOA.

The Broncos were a top-10 defensive team, ranking first, while the Patriots were a top-10 team on offense at fifth. The Broncos ranked 25th defensively, while the Patriots were 12th on offense.

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots

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NFL Final Four Matchups Since 2005 (Infographic)
The Patriots are in the AFC Championship Game for the fifth straight season and for the 10th time during the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.

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Jared Allen Doubtful For NFC Championship With Broken Foot
Jared Allen played the final two series against Seattle with his injury.

David Newton/ESPN

2015 Divisional Round Playoff Matchups (DVOA Infographics)
The infographics show the strengths and weaknesses of every team as the second round begins.

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Josh Norman On Facing Seahawks: Panthers Don't Want It Easy
The Panthers beat the Seahawks in Seattle in Week 6.

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Wild Card Playoff Matchups (DVOA Infographics)
The infographics show the percentile rankings for all 12 2015 NFL playoff teams in the categories of DVOA for offense, defense, pass offense, rush offense, pass defense and rush defense.

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Cardinals Given Best Super Bowl Chance At 29 Percent
The Panthers rank second at 20 percent with the Patriots third at 18 percent.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Seahawks Lead NFL In DVOA For 4th Straight Season (Infographic)
The Seahawks, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Chiefs finished the 2015 regular season in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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Full NFL Playoff Schedule With Times, TV Listings
The NFL has announced its television schedule for the 2015 playoffs.

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Cam Newton Finds MVP Race 'Irrelevant Right Now'
Cam Newton leads the NFL with 40 touchdowns (33 passing, seven rushing).

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Josh Norman Fined $26,044 For Two Offenses In Giants' Game
Josh Norman was called for two personal foul penalties in the 38-35 Carolina win.


Ron Rivera Bans Panthers From Bringing Bats Onto Field
Ron Rivera denied that any Panthers directed homophobic slurs at Odell Beckham Jr. before Sunday's game.


Panthers Swung Baseball Bats Pregame Taunting Odell Beckham
Josh Norman grabbed the black bat and was swinging it in pregame warmups.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Josh Norman: Odell Beckham Should Be Punished For Actions
Odell Beckham and Josh Norman repeatedly got into it, shoving and wrestling with each other.


Joey Bosa, Paxton Lynch Go 1st, 2nd In First McShay Draft
Todd McShay has Joey Bosa going first overall to the Titans in his initial mock for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Todd McShay/ESPN

Panthers Unsure If They'll Chase Perfect Record
Ron Rivera hasn't decided how the Carolina Panthers will approach the final three games of the season as the possibility of a perfect season remains a possibility.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Josh Norman Method Acts Being Action Movie Star On Field
Josh Norman takes the field pretending to be a different Hollywood action star in every game.

Kevin Clark/Wall Street Journal

Panthers Were Trying To Model Themselves After 2013 Seahawks
Josh Norman has since emerged as the NFL's next great cornerback to help anchor the Panthers' defense.

David Newton/ESPN

Josh Norman On Pace For All-Time Great Season At CB
Josh Norman was a fifth round pick in 2012 out of Coastal Carolina.

Mike Renner/Pro Football Focus

Evolution Of Cam Newton Triggered Evolution Of Panthers' Offense
Ron Rivera estimated that Cam Newton is charged with making a call about what play to run about 70 percent of the time.


Andrew Luck Denies Avoiding Panthers By Staying At Stanford
Andrew Luck could have declared for the 2011 NFL Draft but decided to remain at Stanford to finish his degree.

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