The Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars are preparing to open the 2015 season and will be facing each other for the first time since 2011. However, both organizations will always be linked because they entered the league at the same time.
The cities of Charlotte and Jacksonville were awarded NFL franchises at the same time and played their first seasons in 1995. The two organizations built their teams through an expansion draft that saw the two teams alternating picks. The Jaguars were given the first pick in the expansion draft and selected quarterback Steve Beuerlein while the Panthers selected cornerback Rod Smith.
The order switched in the NFL Draft that year with the Panthers awarded the first pick, which they used on Kerry Collins, and the Jaguars, who selected offensive tackle Tony Boselli.
The comparisons don’t end there though as both organizations have similar career records. The Jaguars currently have win loss record of 147-173 (.459 winning percentage) and the Panthers are only slightly better at 151-168-1 (.473 winning percentage). Both teams have six playoff appearances in their organization’s history but the Panthers have the edge in division titles with five to Jaguars two.
In terms of head to head matchups, the Jaguars hold the series lead winning three of the five matchups. When the teams have played, except for a Jaguars 37-6 victory in 2007, the games have been incredibly close. There has been three games that have been decided by less than a touchdown.
In terms of individual achievements, the Panthers have run away with that category as they have had 61 players go to the Pro Bowl compared to only 37 for the Jaguars. The Panthers also have had more success recently with two consecutive division titles while the Jaguars have had four straight losing seasons.
The Carolina Panthers travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars Sunday at 1 PM.
*All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference
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