At 7 p.m. eastern time, the NFL released all 32 teams’ regular season schedules. Up until this point we were aware of who and where, but not when.
The Carolina Panthers have only one game in primetime this season, against the Pittsburgh Steelers on a Thursday night (NFL Network). I then thought that if the Panthers and their opponents are having a reasonably successful season, then perhaps one of the later season games might get flexed into primetime.
Unless the Browns, Seahawks, or Cardinals are having a strong season, don’t count on it. Though there is a good chance the Atlanta Falcons should have a strong season, and either or both of those games could get flexed into primetime, provided the Panthers are having a decent year.
At No. 26, Carolina also has the sixth “easiest” schedule this season, opposed to the second-toughest they had in 2009. Of course, that’s going by teams’ rosters which a year and an offseason ago, could look completely different now, for better or worse.
So here’s how the 2010 schedule looks, from head-to-toe:
All home games are in bold. All inner-division away games are in bold and italicized.
- Sunday September 12; Panthers @ NY Giants. 1 p.m. FOX
- Sunday September 19; Buccaneers @ Panthers. 1 p.m. FOX
- Sunday September 26; Bengals @ Panthers. 1 p.m. CBS
- Sunday October 3; Panthers @ Saints. 1 p.m. FOX
- Sunday October 10; Bears @ Panthers. 1 p.m. FOX
- Sunday, October 24; 49ers @ Panthers. 1 p.m. FOX
- Sunday, October 31; Panthers @ Rams. 1 p.m. FOX
- Sunday, November 7; Saints @ Panthers. 1 p.m. FOX
- Sunday, November 14; Panthers @ Buccaneers. 1 p.m. FOX
- Sunday, November 21; Ravens @ Panthers. 1 p.m. CBS
- Sunday, November 28; Panthers @ Browns. 1 p.m. FOX
- Sunday, December 5; Panthers @ Seahawks. 1 p.m. FOX
- Sunday, December 12; Falcons @ Panthers. 1 p.m. FOX
- Sunday, December 19; Cardinals @ Panthers. 1 p.m. FOX
- Thursday, December 23; Panthers @ Steelers. 8:20 p.m. NFLN
- Sunday, January 2; Panthers @ Falcons. 1 p.m. FOX
So there you have it. It will be interesting to see the fans’ reaction to the homecoming of new Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers, and it will also be weird seeing former quarterback Jake Delhomme in a Browns uniform.
My pre-season predictions for the regular season, will come sometime after the draft.
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