The Carolina Panthers are looking to get back in the playoff hunt in 2013, after a disappointing season a year ago. If it wasn’t for a strong finish in December, fans wouldn’t be feeling any optimism at all for this season. But, the team rallied to finish with seven wins, and you have to give them a decent chance at competing for a wild-card spot heading forward.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the Panthers’ 2013 regular season schedule:
Week 1 – Seattle Seahawks
Week 2 – @ Buffalo Bills
Week 3 – New York Giants
Week 4 – BYE
Week 5 – @ Arizona Cardinals
Week 6 – @ Minnesota Vikings
Week 7 – St. Louis Rams
Week 8 – @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TNF)
Week 9 – Atlanta Falcons
Week 10 – @ San Francisco 49ers
Week 11 – New England Patriots (MNF)
Week 12 – @ Miami Dolphins
Week 13 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 14 – @ New Orleans Saints
Week 15 – New York Jets
Week 16 – New Orleans Saints
Week 17 – @ Atlanta Falcons
As you can see, the Panthers have a long road ahead of them if they want to keep playing next January. What jumps out to me, is the brutal second half slate of games. Filled with top-tier opponents and division rivals, things are going to be difficult for the Panthers down the stretch. This will make a good start all but mandatory, because it will be extremely difficult to climb out of a hole facing their second half opponents.
Fans will get a good gauge of how the 2013 roster looks right out of the gate, as the heavily hyped Seahawks will come to town. It’s just one game, but a positive outing to start the season against Seattle, could go along way towards pushing the Panthers in a positive direction.
Much more Panthers’ 2013 schedule analysis to come from Rant Sports…
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