Carolina Panthers: The Schedule Can Be Had

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Sep 18, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks to pass the ball during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the 49ers 46-27. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers can really take a bite out of their schedule this year and that should allow them to rebound.

The actual season schedule of the Carolina Panthers was released yesterday. I say the actual schedule because we knew the teams already, but we did not know the dates and times. How those teams are arranged could be as important as who they are.

We already knew the Panthers would be playing AFC East and NFC North teams. We also knew that their fourth place finish would mean facing the other fourth place NFC teams like San Francisco and Philadelphia. So you were going to get your dose of Patriots and Packers even before this thing went out.

Now that it is out though, we can look to see where the advantages and disadvantages are. Can the Panthers build momentum? At what times of the season could that happen? Are they likely to finish strong? We can now handle these questions a little bit better than we did before.

  1. @ San Francisco 49ers – 4:25 PM Fox 9/10

This would be annual Rivera home game that seems to appear on the schedule. Coach Ron Rivera grew up on a military base near San Francisco, and the Panthers just went to Oakland last year.

The good news here is that San Francisco is in transition. Chip Kelly is gone and Kyle Shanahan is in. Shanahan will be trying to work his magic without Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, or his Falcons playbook. His quarterback could be Jay Cutler, Mitch Trubisky, or even an outside shot at Kirk Cousins still. We simply don’t know.

What we do know is that the Panthers will have a stronger identity than the 49ers and that should be enough to get them through this game. They will have to cover tight ends though.

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