December 26, 2013
A look at the 2014 Panthers schedule
It's never too early to look at next year, even though the Panthers' focus is firmly rooted on next week's opponent and beyond into the postseason.
Here's a look at Carolina's 2014 schedule now that we know the Panthers are securely in the playoffs. Carolina will play teams from the AFC North and NFC North in 2014.
Atlanta, Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and an opponent from the NFC West.
Carolina can finish No. 1 or 2 in the NFC South, so the opponent from the NFC West--whichever team finishes with the same divisional seed as Carolina--is still in the air. The NFC West is still up for grabs between San Francisco and Seattle. It's possible the Seahawks travel to Charlotte for the third consecutive year.
Atlanta, Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Green Bay, Minnesota, Baltimore, Cincinnati and an opponent from the NFC East.
The Panthers will travel to either Philadelphia or Dallas next season, depending upon which seed the Eagles or the Cowboys get.
The Vikings will be playing outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium, home of the University of Minnesota's football team, while their new stadium is being built.
In recent years, the NFL has announced dates and times of games in April.
Posted by Observer Sports on December 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM | Permalink
Ah man, this Panther fan in Vegas would much rather see a game or two out West. Oh well, KeepPounding...
Posted by: PantherHead | Dec 26, 2013 12:12:13 PM
I've stopped trying to figure out how hard schedules are a year ahead of time. With the parity in the league, it'll be hard to tell if this is an easy or tough slate of games. Teams that are bad last year could rise up and be good and visa versa. Just hope the Panthers can keep pace by keeping their D intact, improving their O-Line, and adding playmakers at receiver.
Posted by: PantherD | Dec 26, 2013 12:53:21 PM
How is the home/away determined for non-division games? Some type of rotational basis?
Posted by: JLC | Dec 26, 2013 1:24:45 PM
Are we really having this conversation about next year schedule? The most important game on the schedule is the next game because it's the next game!!! 12/29/2013 against Atlanta. Go Panthers!!!
Posted by: Black&Blue | Dec 26, 2013 1:40:21 PM
If Dallas doesnt make the schedule, there's a four-way tie for least likely travel cities next year
Posted by: Cecil | Dec 26, 2013 2:11:28 PM
Since the NFL went to 8 divisions they play on a rotation. And the home and away is just the opposite of what it was the last time they played the two divisions. The only two teams they don't know will be the 2 teams in the same conference who finish in the same position and that is alternated as well. It is built so everyone in the same division will have 12 of the same opponents, and play each other twice and the two strength games.
Posted by: Schedule maker | Dec 26, 2013 2:12:42 PM
I wouldn't worry about next year until the ATL game is over ,and they should've beat SF ,If not for a miracle play ,so I expect ATL to play loose ,and try to win at all cost ,so if the team is not focused they could fall into playing on the road the whole way.
Posted by: Panthers1995 | Dec 26, 2013 2:22:15 PM
Why are we even discussing this. ATLANTA is the ONLY thing we should be focusing on.
Posted by: PantherTim | Dec 26, 2013 2:26:15 PM
If Person and Jones want to talk about the next decade for the Panthers I'm good with that, The Team has to focus on the next opponent, Sports writers for the local paper can spend their entire work week debating if the Hornets Purple and Teal will Clash with the Panthers Black and Blue if they want!
Or how to divide the city up so that we can put murals up for the Panthers, Hornets, and Knights without any teams murals intruding around the other teams stadium!
Posted by: Richard | Dec 26, 2013 2:31:47 PM
Hold on here! "IF" the Panthers lose ,and ARZ & N.O wins we are out based on ARZ beating CAR! The Panthers/ARZ/Saints would all be 11-5. The Saints would win the NFC south on DIV. record ,and ARZ beat CAR. head to head ,so beating ATL is a in or out game for CAR!!!
Posted by: QB | Dec 26, 2013 2:41:40 PM
Wrong QB. If that happens SF and AZ tie with the same record for the wildcard out of that division. SF would win a tie breaker based on division records, and we would compete with them directly for thee first WC spot. From there we would win a tie-breaker over SF making us the 5 seed and them the 6. Arizona would be out.
Posted by: Thomas | Dec 26, 2013 2:51:10 PM
We are in the playoffs anyways dumb ass. Even if we do loose. Are you even a panther fan.
Posted by: cjohnson | Dec 26, 2013 4:46:40 PM
This is stupid article to write at this time of year. why not wait until a few weeks. Person and Jones are looking for something to write. Horrible. Bring back Chandler.
Posted by: par404 | Dec 26, 2013 5:22:08 PM
Easy schedule!!! Super Bowl Champs and an easy schedule....can anyone say DYNASTY??
Posted by: willy loman | Dec 26, 2013 5:57:15 PM
For all the people above complaining about how WE need to focus on Atlanta. No. The Panthers need to focus on Atlanta. WE can focus on whatever we want. And yes, Go Panthers- beat Atlanta (convincingly...).
Posted by: pantherd | Dec 26, 2013 7:32:58 PM
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