A quick look at the history between the Oakland Raiders and the Carolina Panthers.
Total Games Between the Raiders and the Panthers: 5
All-Time Record: Panthers lead 3-2
Current Streak: Panthers have won the last two
Total Raiders Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 105 (21 ppg)
Total Texans Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 105 (21 ppg)
Longest Raiders Winning Streak Against Panthers: 2 (December 24th, 2000 – November 8th, 2008)
Longest Panthers Winning Streak Against Raiders: 2 (November 8th, 2008 – December 23rd, 2012)
There’s not really much to say about the history between the Raiders and Panthers, seeing as how there’s not really much history between the Raiders and the Panthers.
The Carolina Panthers were introduced as an expansion team (alongside the Jacksonville Jaguars) in 1995. In their twenty-one years of existence, they’ve played the Raiders a total of five times — basically once every four years, as a part of the standard inter-conference play rotation. These games haven’t been particularly memorable.
There was that time in 2000 when Rich Gannon threw 5 touchdown passes and completed 81% of his passes against them in a 52-9 drubbing. That was pretty cool, I imagine. I don’t remember watching that one.
In 2004, a year after the Panthers took the Patriots to the limit in Super Bowl 38, they started the season off 1-7, yet somehow managed to win six of their last seven games, before losing the last one, which they needed to make the playoffs.
A close game against the Raiders was one of the six they won. I think it would’ve been pretty funny if the Panthers had pulled it off. Bad teams in the playoffs are always interesting, because there’s always the threat of them beating some heavily-favored team they had no business beating. I’m glad we were able to do our part in contributing to a potentially history-making occurrence.
Of course, things always come full circle. This year, the Panthers are coming off of a Super Bowl loss and a lackluster start to the season. They’re not quite as bad (or unlucky) as that 1-7 team was, but they’re certainly just as dangerous, and pose some serious matchup issues for the Raiders. As have been the vast majority of our games this season, I’m expecting this one to be close.
Another interesting tidbit — the last two times the Raiders and Panthers have met, the final score has been 17-6, in favor of the Panthers. The Raiders played five quarterbacks between those two games, who combined for a whopping 0 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
But in the first of those two games (2008), it was Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme who stole the show, with FOUR interceptions, and a passer rating of 12.3. That’s not a typo (shout out to Will Petersen) — his quarterback rating was twelve point three. Donald Trump’s approval rating, IQ, and resting blood alcohol content are all higher than Jake Delhomme’s passer rating was that day.
And. He. Won. The. Game.
And that’s pretty much it in terms of these two squads, unless you count that time in 2012 when I applied for the open Panthers GM position. They had Cam Newton and not much else. I was confident in my abilities, even without any scouting or front office or financial or even managerial experience under my belt, that I could put the pieces in place around Newton to make them a contender for a long time. They expressed mild interest, but ultimately went in another direction.
Just as well. I probably would’ve ended up trading Cam and Steve Smith to the Raiders and resigning immediately. I’d rather have Carr and Cooper anyway. Everything worked out like it was supposed to.
Enjoy the game, Nation.