The Carolina Panthers will start their first two games at home this year, and then will take their show on the road to the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Panthers had a promising finish to their 2011 regular season mainly because of NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium will be nationally televised by NBC on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m
Carolina then concludes their preseason schedule the following week (Aug. 29-30) with another road game, at the Pittsburgh Steelers, because Bank of America Stadium is hosting the Democratic National Convention the following week.
The Panthers open the four-game preseason with a home game against the Houston Texans, the defending AFC South Champions. Then the week of Aug. 16-19, Carolina will host the Miami Dolphins at Bank of America Stadium.
Except for the Week 3 game, the exact dates and times of the preseason games are yet to be decided. All three games will be televised on the Panthers Television Network.
2012 CAROLINA PANTHERS PRESEASON SCHEDULE
WEEK OPPONENT SITE TV
1 vs. HOUSTON TEXANS Bank of America Stadium Panthers TV
2 vs. MIAMI DOLPHINS Bank of America Stadium Panthers TV
3 at New York Jets MetLife Stadium NBC
4 at Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field Panthers TV
This is the seventh time in 18 years that the Panthers’ have played all AFC opponents in the preseason. Carolina has never played just NFC teams in the preseason. Their opener against the Texans will be the first preseason meeting between the teams. Houston is the NFL’s baby franchise, debuting in 2002. There are nine opponents that the Panthers have never faced in the preseason.
The Panthers and Steelers are continuing their preseason rivalry, playing for the 10th straight year in the finale and 14th time in 18 total seasons. The Panthers are 31-38 in the preseason all-time. They finished at least .500 in the preseason in each of its four playoff seasons.
Cam Newton did not have a great showing in last year’s pre-season, but then had an incredible debut game and one of the best seasons by a quarterback in NFL history. The Panthers will look to carry over the momentum they had at the end of last year, along with a crew of players returning from injuries to challenge for an NFC Playoff spot.