The Panthers are 2-0, but how does their offense stack up against the rest of the NFL?

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton flips through the air over the goal line for a touchdown during third quarter action vs the Houston Texans at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Sunday, September 20, 2015. The Panthers defeated the Texans 24-17.

After Sunday’s 24-17 win over the Houston Texans, the Panthers are 2-0. But how does the offense stack up against the rest of the league?

The old saying goes that offense wins games and defense wins championships, but that isn’t completely true. In fact, credit for championships is about evenly split between the two sides. (For more details, read this Freakonomics article.)

But for the casual fan, an anemic offense is easier to spot, and thus blame. Fans notice dropped passes and three-and-outs much more than they do the defense allowing a first down on a third-and-short.

The Panthers have consistently struggled on offense over the past three seasons. Over that time, they ranked 18th, 18th and 19th in points scored. They have an equally mediocre ranking on yards per game, ranking 12th, 26th, and 16th.

This week, instead of comparing the Panthers offense to the winners and losers of the week, we’ve compared them to the NFL and to their conference, the NFC South.

Panthers Offense Week 2

Photo: Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer

claytonClayton Hanson enjoys naps and pizza. He’s also the author of two novels.  Follow him on Twitter @ClaytoninCLT.


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