Panthers News: What awaits Carolina in 2020 schedule?

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Panthers News: What Carolina can expect from 2020 schedule

Things are not going to be easy in 2020 for the Carolina Panthers. Their schedule is littered with tough challenges and things have not been made any easier by the expected strength of the NFC South.

The New Orleans Saints have gone all-in during what is set to be Drew Brees’ final season before retirement. The same can be said for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who pulled off the free-agent signing of Tom Brady and coaxed prolific tight end Rob Gronkowski out of retirement in a blockbuster trade with the New England Patriots.

Nobody quite knows what to expect from the Atlanta Falcons next season. They still boast a scary-looking offense. But their defense has plenty of young blood that will need time to adjust to the rigors of NFL life.

Home games will be crucial to the Panthers’ fortunes in 2020. In addition to their divisional matchups, they will also welcome the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, and Las Vegas Raiders in what looks like a pretty favorable schedule on paper.

One would expect this is where the majority of their wins will come from. But things look far more challenging on the road with a series of daunting fixtures.

The Panthers news regarding the schedule will be hoping these away games are well spaced out. Carolina is set to clash with the Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, and Minnesota Vikings on the road. They will also do battle with former head coach Ron Rivera at the Washington Redskins.

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Next season could well be a long one for the Panthers’ fanbase. But this is something they are only too aware of. This is a team in the early stages of a rebuild and any success they achieved will be a bonus.