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The Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Chargers rarely play each other but are joined by some commonalities going into Sunday's game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.


The Chargers (1-1) face more certainty at quarterback with Tyrod Taylor, who didn't play last weekend because of a rib injury that was compounded by a punctured lung during medical procedures. Rookie Justin Herbert nearly orchestrated an upset of the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, who prevailed in overtime.


Herbert's role is now clear while Taylor is out.


"I look forward to seeing him play with a week of preparation knowing he's going to be the starter," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said of Herbert. "We have to tailor things to his skill set."


The Panthers (0-2) are fully aware of much of the Chargers' predicament.


They'll be without All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey, who exited after scoring his second touchdown of the game with a fourth-quarter run last weekend in a loss at Tampa Bay. His four rushing touchdowns give him a share of the NFL lead.


McCaffrey's high ankle sprain is expected to keep him sidelined for a month and up to six weeks. Carolina placed him on injured reserve Wednesday.


Herbert, a four-year star at Oregon, became the third player in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards and a rushing touchdown in his debut.


There were positives from Herbert, the sixth overall pick in the 2020 draft.


"His poise, he didn't panic," Lynn said.


Yet as much as Herbert's outing was encouraging, there was another element.


"There's a lot we didn't get done with Justin on the field," Lynn said. "He's a backup for a reason."


Without McCaffrey, the Panthers will turn to Mike Davis as the primary running back.


"He will play well in Christian's absence," Carolina coach Matt Rhule said of Davis.


Davis has made multiple stops in the NFL, but the 27-year-old failed to emerge as a featured back. Rhule said there is no doubt in the Panthers' minds that Davis is a starting-caliber back in the NFL.


"He's going to be a challenge, so we have to bring our 'A' game and stop the run," Chargers defensive tackle Linval Joseph said of Davis.


Davis is a sixth-year NFL veteran in his second season with the Panthers, joining the team last November.


"Just be me, don't try to be someone else," Davis said. "Play how I've been playing. Prepare how I've been preparing. Just play angry."


Lynn played in the NFL with Ed McCaffrey, the running back's father.


"Some good genes there," Lynn said. "To say I'm going to miss him playing on Sunday, no I won't miss him."


Carolina also will be counting on better ball security from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who accounted for three turnovers in the Tampa Bay game. He has seemed to find a groove with receiver Robby Anderson, who has compiled more than 100 receiving yards in both games this season.


If the Chargers sense inexperience on offense, it might be a good matchup with the Panthers. They've started three rookies on defense.


It's unclear if the Panthers will have defensive lineman Kawann Short, who missed Wednesday's practice, back after he sat out last week's game with a foot injury.


Both teams have been in a pair of tight games, with Carolina within seven points of the Buccaneers with less than two minutes remaining. The Chargers rallied to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals before seeing a fourth-quarter lead disappear in the setback to the Chiefs.


The Panthers are trying to avoid their first 0-3 start since 2010, when they lost their first five games en route to a two-win season.


The Chargers and Panthers have met just six times, with Carolina holding a 5-1 record (including victories in the last three matchups). The last meeting came in 2016.


--Field Level Media


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Carolina Panthers

Los Angeles Chargers

Player Position Lineup
Brian Burns primary: Defensive End Starter
Mike Davis primary: Runningback Starter
Donte Jackson primary: Cornerback Starter
Greg Little primary: Guard Starter
DJ Moore primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Taylor Moton primary: Offensive Tackle Starter
Matt Paradis primary: Center Starter
Chris Reed primary: Guard Starter
Curtis Samuel primary: Fullback Starter
Ian Thomas primary: Tight End Starter
Shaq Thompson primary: Linebacker Starter
Tre Boston primary: Free Safety Starter
Juston Burris primary: Strong Safety Starter
John Miller primary: Guard Starter
Tahir Whitehead primary: Linebacker Starter
Stephen Weatherly primary: Defensive End Starter
Zach Kerr primary: Defensive End Starter
Teddy Bridgewater primary: Quarterback Starter
Robby Anderson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Derrick Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jeremy Chinn primary: Linebacker Starter
Rasul Douglas primary: Cornerback Starter
Alex Armah primary: Fullback Substitution
Reggie Bonnafon primary: Runningback Substitution
Jermaine Carter primary: Linebacker Substitution
Corn Elder primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Marquis Haynes primary: Defensive End Substitution
J.J. Jansen primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Tyler Larsen primary: Center Substitution
Chris Manhertz primary: Tight End Substitution
Joey Slye primary: Kicker Substitution
Brandon Zylstra primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Pharoh Cooper primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Seth Roberts primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Yetur Gross-Matos primary: Defensive End Substitution
Troy Pride Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Bravvion Roy primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Stantley Thomas-Oliver III primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Colin Thompson primary: Tight End Substitution
Myles Hartsfield primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Sam Franklin primary: Safety Substitution
Michael Schofield primary: Guard Substitution
Joseph Charlton primary: Punter Substitution
Adarius Taylor primary: Linebacker Substitution
Julian Stanford primary: Linebacker Substitution
Trent Scott primary: Guard Substitution
Efe Obada primary: Defensive End Substitution
Dennis Daley primary: Guard Not active
Will Grier primary: Quarterback Did not play
Kawann Short primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Russell Okung primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
P.J. Walker primary: Quarterback Not active
Trenton Cannon primary: Runningback Not active
Shareef Miller primary: Defensive End Not active
Player PositionLineup
Nasir Adderley primary: Safety Starter
Keenan Allen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Joey Bosa primary: Defensive End Starter
Michael Davis primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Austin Ekeler primary: Runningback Starter
Dan Feeney primary: Center Starter
Jalen Guyton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Casey Hayward Jr. primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Hunter Henry primary: Tight End Starter
Rayshawn Jenkins primary: Safety Starter
Forrest Lamp primary: Left Guard Starter
Uchenna Nwosu primary: Defensive End Starter
Sam Tevi primary: Left Tackle Starter
Jerry Tillery primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Kyzir White primary: Linebacker Starter
Mike Williams primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Tyree St. Louis primary: Right Guard Starter
Bryan Bulaga primary: Right Tackle Starter
Chris Harris Jr. primary: Cornerback Starter
Linval Joseph primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Justin Herbert primary: Quarterback Starter
Kenneth Murray Jr. primary: Linebacker Starter
Michael Badgley primary: Kicker Substitution
Cortez Broughton primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Emeke Egbule primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brandon Facyson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Virgil Green primary: Tight End Substitution
Desmond King II primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Ty Long primary: Kicker Substitution
Cole Mazza primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Denzel Perryman primary: Linebacker Substitution
Trey Pipkins III primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Scott Quessenberry primary: Center Substitution
Isaac Rochell primary: Defensive End Substitution
Stephen Anderson primary: Tight End Substitution
Tevaughn Campbell primary: Cornerback Substitution
Joshua Kelley primary: Runningback Substitution
Joe Reed primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Alohi Gilman primary: Safety Substitution
KJ Hill Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Darius Bradwell primary: Runningback Substitution
Jessie Lemonier primary: Defensive End Substitution
Gabe Nabers primary: Runningback Substitution
Ryan Groy primary: Guard Substitution
Damion Square primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Malik Jefferson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jahleel Addae primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Justin Jackson primary: Runningback Not active
Jason Moore primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Easton Stick primary: Quarterback Did not play
Tyrod Taylor primary: Quarterback Not active
Trai Turner primary: Guard Not active
Nick Vigil primary: Linebacker Not active
Storm Norton primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Donald Parham Jr. primary: Tight End Not active

Carolina Panthers

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 24 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 29 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 22 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 13 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Mike Davis
    • Passer: Teddy Bridgewater
    • Conv Kicker: Joey Slye
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 30 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 12 Yards
    • Rusher: Austin Ekeler
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • Period 3
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 41 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • Period 4
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 14 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Keenan Allen
    • Passer: Justin Herbert
    • Conv Receiver: Keenan Allen
    • Conv Passer: Justin Herbert
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 31 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • Match End


Last 10

W 20% L 80%
2 8
  • New Orleans L 33 - 7
  • @Washington W 20 - 13
  • @Green Bay L 16 - 24
  • Denver L 32 - 27
  • @Minnesota L 27 - 28
  • Detroit W 0 - 20
  • Tampa Bay L 46 - 23
  • @Kansas City L 31 - 33
  • Atlanta L 25 - 17
  • @New Orleans L 24 - 27
W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • @Kansas City W 38 - 21
  • Denver W 16 - 19
  • @Las Vegas W 30 - 27
  • Atlanta W 17 - 20
  • New England L 45 - 0
  • @Buffalo L 17 - 27
  • N.Y. Jets W 28 - 34
  • @Miami L 21 - 29
  • Las Vegas L 31 - 26
  • @Denver L 30 - 31

Last Meetings

  • Panthers @ Chargers 21-16
  • Chargers @ Panthers 16-28
  • Panthers @ Chargers 31-7
  • Panthers @ Chargers 26-24

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Carolina Panthers vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Joey Slye kicked five field goals, helping first-year Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule to his first NFL victory in a 21-16 outcome against the host Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

The result snapped the Panthers' 10-game losing streak that extended to last season. It also allowed Carolina (1-2) to avoid what would have been the fifth 0-3 start in franchise history.

Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was 22-for-28 for 235 yards and a touchdown.

Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, in his second start in place of an injured Tyrod Taylor, went 35-for-49 for 330 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Herbert threw a 14-yard third-down touchdown pass to Keenan Allen with 4:33 remaining. A two-point conversion pass was dropped by Allen, leaving the score 21-16.

The Chargers regained possession with 1:46 left, needing to cover 99 yards for a go-ahead score without a timeout. They reached the Carolina 23 before a penalty, an incompletion and a botched lateral on a trick play ended the game.

Allen had 13 catches for 136 yards.

Los Angeles (1-2) took the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs to overtime a week earlier before falling.

Slye was 5-for-5 on field goals, hitting from 29, 24, 30, 22 and 31 yards. He connected on another one, but that was taken off the board late in the second quarter because the Chargers were flagged for an illegal defensive alignment penalty.

On the next play, Bridgewater's screen pass to Mike Davis turned into a 13-yard touchdown. That extended Carolina's lead to 15-7, with the extra-point kick blocked.

The Panthers added a Slye field goal on the last play of the first half. That was set up when Donte Jackson intercepted Herbert and made a 66-yard return to the Los Angeles 8 with eight seconds left.

The Chargers, who committed three first-half turnovers, scored their first touchdown on a 12-yard run from Austin Ekeler on the second play of the second quarter, completing a 10-play, 75-yard drive. Los Angeles scored the only points in the third quarter on Michael Badgley's 41-yard field goal.

--Field Level Media