One year after reaching the Super Bowl — and losing — for the second time in franchise history, the Carolina Panthers came back down to earth. In 2016, the Panthers looked nothing like the 2015 squad that went 15-1 and put up a league-leading 31.3 points per game. Instead, Carolina scored 23.1 points per game (15th of 32), allowed 25.1 points per contest (26th of 32), and finished 6-10 on the year. Fortunately for the franchise, 2017 offers a shot at redemption.
By selecting Christian McCaffrey, a potential breakout rookie, with their first-round pick, the Panthers showed their desire to make life easier for franchise quarterback Cam Newton. While it’s a start, the exciting partnership between these two studs isn’t the only reason to feel optimistic about Carolina’s chances in 2017. See for yourself.