Cam Newton is 0-2 on opening day for the Panthers, although in each case he has passed for more than 300 yards.
My column for Wednesday's newspaper will be on the historical importance of Opening Day to the Panthers. Did you realize Carolina is 6-12 all-time in season openers, and that their winning percentage of .333 ranks dead last among the 32 NFL teams?
Looking back at their 18 previous openers before Sunday's home game against Seattle, there have been so many Sundays filled with promise that turned into duds (including the last four in a row). I have picked my three best and three worst Panther openers out of this list of 18. Scan it and tell me which one you think was the best and/or worst either in the comments section or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll reveal my picks in the column and will also post them in this blog entry once the column is online. (UPDATE: Here's the full column -- I picked 2003, 2008 and 1996 as the best openers and 2004, 2009 and 2012 as the worst).
One additional note I discovered: When Carolina has won its season opener, the Panthers have made the playoffs 50 percent of the time. When the Panthers lose it, they have made the playoffs only eight percent of the time.