Cam Newton finally realized his potential in 2013, as the Carolina Panthers saved head coach Ron Rivera in a terrific 12-4 season that claimed the NFC South division and got the Panthers to the playoffs. Carolina lost all of their talent at wide receiver, however, and will have some issues to address before anyone can safely place them back in the post-season mix in 2014.
While the Panthers have some questions, their biggest concerns should be within their schedule, where they have a slew of tough opponents on the docket. They were stalwarts at home a year ago, but if they want to get anywhere near 7-1 on their own field again in 2014, they’ll need to go through the Bears, Lions, Browns, Steelers and defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks.
Carolina was even a solid 5-3 on the road in 2013, but the Carolina Panthers schedule away from home could prove to be a bit more difficult this season. Trying to get a win in Lambeau against the Packers could be especially tough, while dates with the Vikings, Eagles, Ravens and Bengals won’t be easy, either.
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