Found November 22, 2011 on Inside The Panthers:
Panthers rookie Kealoha Pilares was named the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week after his team-record, 101-yard kickoff return in a 49-35 loss to Detroit, the Panthers announced Tuesday. Pilares, a fifth-round pick from Hawaii, notched the Panthers' first kickoff return for a score since Rod "He Hate Me" Smart went 100 yards against New Orleans in 2003. Pilares' previous long was 27 yards in his first four games after taking over the return duties from Mike Goodson. --Joseph Person    

Panthers suffer more injuries on defense

Coach Ron Rivera says Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson will need an MRI on his injured shoulder and linebacker Omar Gaither has suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury. They are just the latest in a series of injuries to the Panthers' defense, which has allowed 79 points in their last two games and dropped to 27th in the league rankings. Johnson leads the...

Ron Rivera: Panthers lack 'killer instinct'

A day later, Panthers coach Ron Rivera was still upset about his team blowing a 17-point, first-half lead. The Panthers allowed Detroit to score touchdowns on five of their six second-half possessions in the Lions' 45-39 win. Carolina (2-8) gave up franchise worsts in yardage (495) and first downs (29) in the loss, while allowing the third-most points in franchise history. Rivera...

Panthers first-year coach trying to stay positive

Ron Rivera is not used to losing. In his last 11 seasons as an NFL assistant coach, Rivera's teams have finished with winning records 10 times and been to the playoffs nine times. So struggling to a 2-8 record is foreign territory for the Panthers new head coach. Rivera says ''losing, and losing the way we have, is tough.'' The Panthers have lost several close...

Carolina Panthers team report: Even coach finds Cam Newton hard to stop

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Newton feels safer running than in the pocket

(By Joe Person, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said a couple of weeks ago that he wanted to reduce Cam Newton's carries.Good luck with that.

Cornerback's daughter recovering at home

(By Joseph Person, Thanksgiving will take on a special meaning to Darius Butler this year: His little girl is finally home.Milan Faith Butler, the 3-month-old daughter of the Carolina Panthers' cornerback, was discharged from the hospital Wednesday, four weeks after undergoing open-heart surgery to repair two of her veins.

Colts coach: Newton 'playing exceptional football'

  Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell is spending most of his time these days trying to squeeze a victory or two out of his winless football team and the next opportunity for the 0-10 Colts comes Sunday when they host the Panthers.    While Caldwell is focused primarily on breathing some life into a stagnant offense, he's taken time to study Panthers quarterback Cam Newton...

Three Cups Deep: Detroit Lions vs. Carolina Panthers

This season has been full of incredible moments, wonderful memories, and harbingers of success. My faith in this team, its players, its coaches, and its leaders has been converted with almost-perfect success into reality; my bold predictions and ludicrous claims have—almost without fail—come true. This team’s play has cashed nearly every check this blog has written. The...

Carolina Panthers team report: Knockout punch missing

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Fantasy Land: Week 11 Remembered

Matthew Stafford hadn't been right for a couple of weeks. He had been OK, but earlier this year, Stafford was better than OK and has consistenly been one of the top quarterbacks in fantasy play. On Sunday against Cam Newton and the porous Carolina Panthers' pass defense, Stafford was in line for a big day. And for a while, it looked as if he'd get stood up by the Panthers...

Week 11 matchup: Carolina Panthers (2-8) at Indianapolis Colts (0-10)


Smith, Clemons, Pilares named NFC players of the week

Lions running back Kevin Smith, Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons and Panthers kick returner Kealoha Pilares have been honored as the NFC's top players for Week 11 of the NFL season.

Kevin Smith, Chris Clemons, Kealoha Pilares win NFC honors

Lions running back Kevin Smith, Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons and Panthers return man Kealoha Pilares have been named the NFC players of the week. Smith was named the offensive player of the week after a sensational outing in his first extensive game action in more than a year. Smith, who had played with the…
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