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Preview: Raiders at Panthers


The Carolina Panthers wrap up the home portion of their underachieving season Sunday when they take on the equally disappointing Oakland Raiders for just the fifth time since their inception. Carolina, which resides in the basement of the NFC South, lost six of its first seven games and never recovered. The Panthers, who are just 2-5 at home, are attempting to end the campaign on a high note as they seek their third consecutive victory.

Oakland also got off to a bad start, dropping four of its first five contests. It won its next two before enduring a six-game losing streak during which it allowed a total of 215 points. The Raiders ended the slide last Sunday with a 15-0 triumph over Kansas City in their home finale. Half of the team's victories this season have come against the lowly Chiefs (2-12).

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Panthers -8, O/U 46.

ABOUT THE RAIDERS (4-10): Carson Palmer is just 13 yards away from becoming only the second quarterback in franchise history to reach 4,000 in a season. Rich Gannon was the first Raiders QB to accomplish the feat, throwing for 4,689 yards in 2002. Marcel Reece leads all AFC running backs with 478 receiving yards while Brandon Myers tops all tight ends in the conference with 72 catches. Sunday's shutout against the Chiefs was the team's first blanking since 2002. Sebastian Janikowski provided all the offense, kicking a season-high five field goals.

ABOUT THE PANTHERS (5-9): Quarterback Cam Newton has been outstanding over the last four weeks. The Auburn product leads the league with a 113.1 passer rating in that span with nine touchdown passes and no interceptions. "I could not have done it without my offense, and they could not have done it without me," Newton said. "There are a lot of guys going unnoticed behind the scenes that make this work." Carolina won its most recent meeting with the Raiders, a 17-6 triumph in Oakland on Nov. 9, 2008. Rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly has recorded 15 or more tackles in a league-leading three games this season.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Panthers are seeking their first three-game winning streak since capturing the final three contests of the 2009 season.

2. Oakland tied a franchise record by allowing only 10 rushing yards against Kansas City last week.

3. Carolina has committed only one turnover since Week 12.

PREDICTION: Panthers 17, Raiders 14.

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Last Injuries

Carolina Panthers

  • Jason Ferris

    Undisclosed
    I-R | I-R

    Ferris has reverted to the injured reserve list after clearing waivers with an unspecified injury.

  • Christian Miller

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Miller has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after informing the team that he will sit out the entire 2020 season.

  • Michael Palardy

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Palardy is on the Injured Reserve/Non-Football Injury list due to a season-ending torn ACL.

  • Jordan Mack

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Mack has landed on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after letting the team know that he will not be taking part in the 2020 season due to a personal reason.

  • Greg Little

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Little has been placed on the active PUP list with ankle and knee injuries. He will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Branden Bowen

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Bowen has been designated for the active Non-Football Illness list, and it is uncertain how long he will need to recuperate.

Las Vegas Raiders

  • D.J. Killings

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Killings has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after telling the team that he will sit out the entire 2020 season.

  • Jeremiah Valoaga

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Valoaga is expected to miss the entire season while on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list due to a personal reason.

  • Ukeme Eligwe

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Eligwe has landed on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after deciding to sit out the duration of the 2020 season.

  • Devontae Booker

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Booker has landed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown how long it will be until it is safe for him to get back on the field.

  • Marquel Lee

    Toe
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Lee is rehabbing a toe injury that ended his 2019 season. As a result, the team put him on the active PUP list for an unknown length of time.

  • Siaosi Mariner

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Mariner has been placed on the active Non-Football Illness list as he is sick. There is no timetable for return.