A prediction of how well (or bad) the Carolina Panthers will do during the 2018 season.
A ton is still projected to happen during the offseason: free agency, the draft, and trades. However, that won’t stop a ridiculous prediction of how well (or bad) the Panthers will do during the 2018 season. For the sake of this exercise, there are some assumptions that have been made in regards to how the offseason will play out.
- Guard Andrew Norwell has been lost in free agency, but a suitable replacement has been drafted.
- Star Lotulelei has signed elsewhere.
- Norv Turner has made the Panthers’ offense more explosive by unlocking Christian McCaffrey’s potential as a weapon.
One more thing before starting. A version 2.0 will be posted after the official schedule is finalized. A version 3.0 will be posted after the conclusion of free agency. A version 4.0 will be released after the draft. A final version, 5.0 will be written after a majority of offseason trades have been completed.
All information regarding the Panthers’ 2018 opponents has been taken from the official Carolina Panthers’ website.
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The Carolina Panthers’ home opponents are the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, and Seattle Seahawks.
- Atlanta Falcons: Win In week 17 of the 2018 season, the Panthers’ defense held the Falcon’s explosive offense in check. What failed was the offensive side of the ball. Assuming the Panthers can pick up an explosive wide receiver in the draft and Norv Turner works magic, the Panthers pick up this win.
- Saints: Win This will be a rough, gritty win at home. Remembering the bitter playoff loss, the Panthers’ defense will force a turnover in this game. Make no mistake, this is a game that is won because of home field advantage.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Win The Buccaneers’ defense will be its downfall. The lack of an edge threat will especially hurt them against the offensive line of the Panthers. This will be a breakout game for Christian McCaffrey. You heard it here first.
- Dallas Cowboys: Win It’s undeniable that the Cowboys boast one of the most impressive offensive juggernauts in the league. However, their defense is weak, and Cam can pick that secondary to pieces.
- New York Giants: Loss Already anticipating angry tweets, the Giants are primed for a bounce back season, especially if they choose to select running back phenomenon Saquon Barkley. Also, that secondary is no joke.
- Baltimore Ravens: Loss Baltimore is another team with a secondary that will give Cam Newton too many problems. Their offense is formidable with quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Alex Collins, and kicker Justin Tucker.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Win The biggest problem the Bengals have is their head coach Marvin Lewis, who cannot get them to double digit wins consistently. Luckily, the Bengals just resigned Lewis to an extension. With no coaching changes, Andy Dalton won’t be able to take his Bengals past the Panthers.
- Seattle Seahawks: Win Poor Russell Wilson. The man has to run the entire offense, and his defense is getting older. The Seahawks are entering a reloading phase that will take at least two drafts. This will be a close game, but the Panthers’ defense will prove strong in the end.
The Carolina Panthers’ away opponents are the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions.
Detroit Lions: Win
Matt Patricia already has grey hairs because of Cam. Cam will put a few more in there with a big day through the air.
Final Prediction: The Panthers end the season 12-4 as probably the #2 or #3 seed.