Fueled by an inspired defensive effort and an efficient offensive attack, the Carolina Panthers opened the 2018 season in style with a 16-8 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday.

The Panthers closed out the preseason with a 39-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night at Heinz Field. Here’s a look at some storylines surrounding the team with just one week until the start of the regular season.

The Carolina Panthers host the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium Friday night in the third preseason game for both teams.

While no team wants to see a player injured, especially in the first few days of training camp, having a player go down can clear up some of the fog surrounding position battles.

With players practicing in pads for the first time Saturday morning, training camp is now in full swing for the Carolina Panthers, and while the team has only been at work for a few days, there have already been several storylines that have emerged.

Jamison Crowder’s weekly paycheck will more than triple in his fourth NFL season, and it will probably triple again the following year after the Monroe High School graduate (Class of 2011) signs his second — much more lucrative — contract.

David Tepper will be the new majority owner of the Carolina Panthers after agreeing to pay a record $2.2 billion for the NFL franchise, according to the NFL Network, which is reporting the deal being completed on Tuesday.

The Panthers have already locked up a playoff spot, but there is still plenty on the line when they take on the Falcons later today at Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Arguably the brightest star for the Panthers over the last several weeks has been second-year receiver Damiere Byrd, a relative no-name in the landscape of the NFL. But after his heroics helped Carolina win its second game in a row and clinch a playoff spot Sunday against Tampa Bay, the team…

It was never really pretty, but it didn’t have to be. For the Panthers, a win by any means necessary against Tampa Bay on Christmas Eve would clinch a playoff berth, the team’s first since making a Super Bowl run in 2015-16.

Four touchdown passes from quarterback Cam Newton and four takeaways defensively helped the Panthers spoil the return of Packers All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium, as Carolina earned its 10th win of the season by holding off Green Bay for a 31-24 victory.

The Panthers helped their playoff chances in a big way against one of the NFC’s top teams Sunday, as a one-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes remaining helped them avoid a complete collapse and take down the Minnesota Vikings, 31-24, for a bounce-back win after falling to division…

CHARLOTTE -- The Carolina Panthers put together by far their most complete game of the season on Monday night, as they obliterated the Dolphins, 45-21, in prime time to move to 7-3 on the season. Carolina racked up a franchise-record 548 yards of total offense, besting their season average b…

What was a point of weakness for the Panthers all season long finally showed up against the Falcons, as Carolina managed 201 rushing yards in a 20-17 win at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday that snapped a two-game skid against its division rivals.

The Panthers defense didn’t allow a touchdown for the second straight week and the offense did just enough as Carolina got back to winning ways with a 17-3 road victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday. The Panthers are now 4-0 away from home on the season, compared to 1-3 at Bank of America Stadium.

The Carolina Panthers are in Tampa Bay this weekend for their second divisional matchup of the season against the Buccaneers on Sunday. Carolina is looking to right the ship after a turnover-filled stretch that has contributed to two losses, while Tampa Bay is looking to snap a three-game lo…

After several weeks of encouraging results, it seems as if the Panthers’ offense has returned to the impotency that plagued the team at the beginning of the season. Sunday’s performance against the Bears was a new low for the team, as three turnovers and a feeling of general lifelessness nul…

The 4-2 Carolina Panthers will be up against a familiar face when they take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday. John Fox, who coached Carolina for nine seasons from 2002 to 2010, is in his third year as the Bears’ head coach, and he’ll be looking for the upset against…

Two days after President Donald Trump called for NFL owners to fire any "son of a bitch" who “disrespects our flag,” Julius Peppers, a veteran defensive lineman for the Panthers, hung back in the locker room during the National Anthem while his other teammates stood on the sidelines.

CHARLOTTE -- What looked like a sure-fire opportunity to correct its offensive woes from the first two weeks of the season didn’t play out that way for the Panthers on Sunday, as the Saints held Carolina in check for most of the day en route to a 34-13 win.

The Carolina Panthers have started the season 2-0, but there is still some concern about how effective the offense can be this season. The offense has looked pedestrian over the first two weeks and failed to score a touchdown last Sunday against the Bills.

Surrounded by a throng of reporters, Panthers end Julius Peppers heaped high praise on his teammates, calling Carolina’s defense “the best one I’ve ever played on” after having two sacks in Carolina's 9-3 home win over Buffalo.

CHARLOTTE -- It wasn’t pretty, but the Panthers moved to 2-0 on the season with a 9-3 win over Buffalo on Sunday in the team’s home opener at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina, which dominated time of possession, couldn’t capitalize on offense and had to rely, once again, on its defense to g…