Panthers vs NFC South
The Carolina Panthers schedule vs the NFC South, outside of the week 7 and week 17 games vs Tampa Bay, appears to be not as difficult as in past years. The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons must answer questions about who starts for them quarterback. The Saints defense, on paper, is stronger than Atlanta’s.
Tampa Bay, until Tom Brady stays retired, will be the class of the division. Carolina’s home games week 3 against New Orleans and week 11 on a Thursday with the Falcons should be winnable. The Panthers week 18 at New Orleans and week in Atlanta contests likely are losses. Carolina struggles at both places. It adds up to a 2-4 division record.
Panthers other NFC Opponents: NFC West
The NFC West may put three teams into the playoffs again. Weeks 4-6 sees the Panthers home against Arizona and San Francisco and away to the LA Rams. The Panthers comes off their traveling to Seattle. Seattle, no matter who starts at QB for them, is a tough place to play. San Francisco’s strong defense and running game represents a tough challenge for anyone. Arizona may be the Panthers best chance for a win, and that won’t be easy. The Rams are the defending Super Bowl Champions.
Being scheduled against the NFL’s best division last year would not be fun for any team. The Panthers, with all the questions the team has on both sides of the ball, probably will go 1-3. At Seattle and the Rams will be difficult for Carolina to emerge with wins.
Panthers Schedule vs AFC North
If playing the NFC West weren’t tough enough Carolina is scheduled against the AFC North as well. Weeks 1 and 15 they are home against the Browns and Steelers, while week 9 and 11 they are away to the Bengals and Ravens. The Bengals improved their biggest weakness, offensive line, and are the defending AFC champions. The Steelers should start a rookie, Kenny Pickett, at quarterback. The Ravens, by default almost, must be healthier than last year.
With questions about if and when Deshaun Watson will be suspended for the Browns week 1 against Cleveland appears to be Carolina’s best chance for a win against the division. Maybe Pickett experiences enough growing pains to give the Panthers a chance to split the four games, but there is enough talent around him to believe the team goes no better than 1-3 against the North.
Panthers Other Opponents
The week 2, 12, and 16 games, at NY Giants home versus Denver Broncos and the Detroit Lions, represent the easiest part of the Panthers schedule. The Lions and Giants still have a long way to go despite strong drafts. Russell Wilson and the Broncos definitely are in the mix for an AFC playoff spot.
Because Detroit and the New York Giants are in rebuilding phases, and have questions at quarterback, Carolina will have a good chance to collect two much needed wins. Beating Denver will be a much tougher ask. Add it all up and Carolina is a slightly better than last year 6-11. Questions at quarterback for the Panthers, despite a solid draft, make it hard to the team getting out the basement of the NFC South.
Carolina’s 2022-23 Schedule
9/11 Cleveland Browns 1 PM
9/18 @ NY Giants 1 PM
9/25 New Orleans Saints 1 PM
10/2 Arizona Cardinals 1 PM
10/9 San Francisco 49ers 1 PM
10/16 @ LA Rams 4:05 PM
10/23 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 PM
10/30 @ Atlanta Falcons 1 PM
11/6 @ Cincinnati Bengals 1 PM
11/10 Atlanta Falcons 8:15 PM
11/20 @ Baltimore Ravens 1 PM
11/27 Denver Broncos 1 PM
12/11 @ Seattle Seahawks 4:25 PM
12/18 Pittsburgh Steelers 1 PM
12/24 Detroit Lions 1 PM
1/1 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 PM
1/8 @ New Orleans Saints TBD
all games are Sun EDT, except for Atlanta week 10 Thursday and Detroit Saturday week 16
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