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Carolina (2-6)

Pleasant: Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy have become quite the pass-rushing duo. No team fields a pair of defensive ends with more combined sacks than the 14 the two have produced. The Panthers have 24 sacks already this season, just seven less than in all of 2011.

Unpleasant: The in-season firing of general manager Marty Hurney provided a sobering realization of how much Panthers owner Jerry Richardson thought a team that finished 6-10 last season was ready to take significant steps in 2012. Cam Newton has taken the brunt of the criticism for failing to build off his amazing rookie season and displays of immaturity you simply can’t have from a quarterback. But from embattled head coach Ron Rivera on down, there’s plenty of blame in Carolina to go around. - Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

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