Carolina Panthers 2020 schedule of opponents set
All opponents are set for the 2020 Carolina Panthers.
When the Carolina Panthers take the field in 2020 it will be under the leadership of a new coach. Owner David Tepper elected to part ways with Ron Rivera after a second consecutive late season slide that guarantees the Panthers their first back-to-back losing seasons since 2011-12.
After being 5-3 at the midpoint, Carolina will attempt to end a seven-game losing streak on Sunday versus the New Orleans Saints. Given their opponent is playing for playoff positioning and home-field advantage, the game is expected to feature many more starters than a similar matchup from one year ago.
The amount of uncertainty, surrounding Carolina and the future of the franchise, leaves many unanswered questions as the Panthers prepare for an offseason they hoped wouldn’t arrive until February. Despite the questions, one 2020 unknown can already be revealed.
By virtue of the Panthers finishing last in the NFC South this season – regardless of Sunday’s outcome – all opponents for next year have been decided. The NFL schedule follows a rotational pattern in order to determine a majority of matchups but a few games are decided by pairing teams who finish in equal positions throughout their respective divisions.
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For Carolina, other than the standard divisional home-and-home games with Atlanta, New Orleans and Tampa Bay – contests with each member of the AFC West (Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos) and NFC North (Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions) await.
Additionally, games against the teams who finish last in the remaining two NFC divisions (East, West) will also play Carolina. With each already locked into fourth place finishes, Washington and Arizona round out the full 2020 slate of opponents.
The Bears, Lions, Broncos, Raiders and Cardinals visit Bank of America Stadium, along with current divisional opponents to round out next year’s home schedule. On the road, Carolina will travel to Minnesota, Green Bay, Kansas City, Los Angeles (Chargers) and Washington to complete their schedule.
This week, the Panthers and Saints kick off Week 17 in Charlotte on Sunday (12/29) at 1:00pm ET.