NFL 2015: Team-by-team grades

Dec 13, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates after his team scores a touchdown during the second half of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 13, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates after his team scores a touchdown during the second half of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 27, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) catches a pass during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) catches a pass during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports /

Carolina Panthers

Grade: A+

What went right: When you start a season with 14 wins, it is a campaign that doesn’t have much to whine about. Quarterback Cam Newton still have accuracy issues, but he can make some space on his mantle for the NFL Most Valuable Player award. Meanwhile, tight end Greg Olsen is playing great football and Josh Norman has made himself known as the best corner in the game today.

What went wrong: The injury to Kelvin Benjamin. If Benjamin was on the team and had not torn his ACL in training camp, the Panthers would have an unstoppable offense. Instead, the blueprint to beating the Panthers remains containing Newton in the pocket and taking away his top target in Olsen. Carolina has overcome the injury nicely, though, led by Ted Ginn Jr.

Offseason expectations: The main priority will be keeping Norman. The 26-year-old is going to hit the market with a huge reputation after putting together a great season. Norman might be the most expensive player on the market, making Carolina pull out the checkbook. The Panthers don’t need to upgrade much anywhere else, save maybe for the tackle spots on the offensive line.

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