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Carolina Panthers' Scoring at a Record Setting Pace

Entering the season, the thought process was that the Panthers' defense would have to win games for this team. However, the offense has been the group that has been playing at a record setting pace this year.

The Carolina Panthers' offense certainly didn't look like the offensive juggernaut they have become at the beginning of the year. The team had released DeAngelo Williams and going with a running back who had issues with injuries the past few years, Jonathan Stewart. On top of this, Cam Newton would lose his number one wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, for the year due to a knee injury in training camp.

Well, those obstacles haven't mattered and the Panthers' offense has been as close to unstoppable as they come in the NFL this year. The Panthers currently have the fifth longest streak, according to Pro Football Reference, in NFL history with 10 straight games over 25 points, which is also a franchise record. This is an impressive number considering the previous two seasons before this one, the Panthers only had 11 total games with 25 or more points.

The Panthers also have a chance of breaking the franchise record in points scored in a season which was set back in 1999 when they scored 421 points, averaging 26.3 points per game. The Panthers' this year have averaged 31.1 points per game, which over a 16 game regular season would equal 498 points, 77 points more than 1999.

The scoring is led by quarterback Cam Newton who is having a career year in that department with 32 total touchdowns and is only two behind the league leader, Tom Brady. He is also three touchdowns from tying his career high, when he scored 35 times as a rookie. 

Another reason for the high point totals is the improvements the offense has been able to make inside the red zone. According to TeamRankings.com, the Panthers have converted 65.31% of their red zone trips into touchdowns, which is up from last year's percentage of 48.15%. The Panthers are second in the NFL with 2.7 touchdowns per game in the red zone, an improvement from 1.4 red zone touchdowns per game in 2014.

The scoring shouldn't slow down for the Panthers either over the final four games of the regular season as they face the Atlanta Falcons twice, who have given up 20+ points four of the past five weeks, the NY Giants, who are giving up 24.7 points per game and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who give up 24.8 points per game.

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