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January 01, 2010

2010 opponents: NFC West, AFC North

Here's a look at the Panthers' 2010 opponents. They'll play teams from the NFC West and AFC North, as well as teams who finish in their corresponding spots in the standings from the NFC East and NFC North.

The Panthers could finish second in the NFC South with a victory Sunday against New Orleans and an Atlanta loss at Tampa Bay. Carolina and Atlanta (who split their games against each other) would both be 8-8, but the Panthers would have better divisional and conference records than the Falcons.

A second-place NFC South finish would give the Panthers a home game against Green Bay (NFC North) and a road game against either Philadelphia or Dallas (NFC East).

A third-place finish gives them a home game against Chicago and a road game against the New York Giants. It would be the third straight season the Panthers will play on the road against the Giants, although this time the game would at least be in their new stadium.

The schedule will be released this summer. -- David Scott


New Orleans

Tampa Bay



San Francisco



NFC North


New Orleans

Tampa Bay


St. Louis




NFC East

Posted by Observer Sports on January 1, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink


I see a 10-12 win season next year.

Posted by: John Fox | Jan 1, 2010 11:42:19 AM

NFC West. That's four wins right there.

Posted by: jason | Jan 1, 2010 11:51:28 AM

"I see a 10-12 win season next year."

Cool, because I can't even see if all of the players stay healthy through mini camp lol.

Posted by: PantherPat | Jan 1, 2010 11:59:00 AM

Yea, J !

Posted by: nasty704 | Jan 1, 2010 12:57:47 PM

So hard to know if that is an easy or hard schedule because we don't know how good everyone will be next year. When I saw our schedule last year I had no idea we'd lose to the Bills and beat the Giants and Vikings easily!

Posted by: Elizabeth | Jan 1, 2010 1:20:11 PM

I don't see any difference in our record next year if fox is still coaching this team.

Posted by: ladavisjr | Jan 1, 2010 1:21:30 PM

Split with our own division gives us 3 wins. We should beat the Bucs both times though so give us 4 wins within division. Then 49'ers, Ravens, Bengals, NFC North that's 4 more wins, we're up to 8 so far. Away games, Rams, Seahawks, Browns..that's 3 more wins which totals 11 wins for the season. Beat Steelers & NFC East team and were at 12-13 so say 11 to be safe. Does that save Fox?

Posted by: Charlie | Jan 1, 2010 1:29:48 PM

Much easier than facing the NFC East and AFC East like they did this year.

Posted by: BG | Jan 1, 2010 1:42:55 PM

@ BG

When we look back at this year, We'll probably end up hating this year because things could have been soo different. The AFC East has been relatively average (could have had at least 3 wins from that division) and the NFC East has been very Over-Rated (I can see 3 games won against them as well).

Plus the Vikings/Cardinals domination

Posted by: turtleman_jr | Jan 1, 2010 2:29:07 PM

Minnesota already clinched the NFC North so there is no way the panthers could play them next year since the best the panthers can do is 2nd place and since Minnesota will play NO. Do your research David.

Posted by: DUH | Jan 1, 2010 2:51:56 PM

Yea, 11-5 sounds about right on paper, but it will depend on who will start. If Fox doesn't get his mind right, we(The Panther Nation)might be in trouble !

Posted by: nasty704 | Jan 1, 2010 4:57:08 PM

The AFC North is the toughest division in football - the three teams at the top. Cleveland pulls the overall record down, plus Pittsburgh is having Super Bowl hangover this year. The 'Aints will be having a hangover. Atlanta will be strong. Gimme 10 wins right now and I'll take it.

Posted by: Ben | Jan 1, 2010 5:00:29 PM

i hope atlanta wins. i would rather play the bears and giants than the eagles and pack.

Posted by: ray | Jan 2, 2010 10:30:03 AM

No doubt, Ray !

Posted by: nasty704 | Jan 2, 2010 12:25:49 PM

i want to play the giants in their first home game in new giants stadium so we can kick their ass again.

Posted by: joe cool | Jan 2, 2010 7:27:08 PM

That would be nice.

Posted by: D.J. | Jan 3, 2010 1:03:49 AM

I used to hate the Pats the most but the Giants suk just as much ass as the Pats. Hopefully we have a good QB now so I guess the main thing is that our players stay healthy and are able to inflict as much pain as possible on everyone else. It would also be great to get our starters back...

Posted by: D.J. | Jan 3, 2010 1:10:22 AM

the panthers play bears and giants to i see us 13-3 we can make that happen if mat moore starts

Posted by: john | Jan 17, 2010 5:06:27 PM

I think that if there is a salary cap we are screwed because we will have to keep delhomme. But if there is not a salary cap bye bye delhomme hello matt moore and the superbowl.

Posted by: zack venable | Jan 18, 2010 3:31:39 PM

you guys will never beat the forty niners so go ahead a take that off your hopes

Posted by: joseph | Apr 4, 2010 3:14:49 PM

It will be great to watch Pittsburgh Panthers, i have bought tickets from
http://ticketfront.com/event/Pittsburgh_Panthers-tickets looking forward to it.

Posted by: Maroussia | Apr 9, 2010 6:59:59 AM

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