Carolina Panthers News: Sports Illustrated predicts losing record in 2020

(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore
(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore /

The Carolina Panthers have much to look forward to in the future but for the upcoming season, Sports Illustrated predicts a losing record yet again.

With NFL schedules finally released this week, all eyes are set on what kind of season the Carolina Panthers will have. Some believe they should be just a bit better than what the football world saw last year while others have hope they can turn things around quicker than expected. Your guess is as good as anyone’s but in the grand scheme of things, there is a pretty high chance that the Panthers will probably be on the outside looking in this upcoming season.

In 2019, the Panthers ended at 5-11 enjoying life at the very bottom of the NFC South. They looked lost and confused on the field the majority of the time as rumors circulated that the Panthers would effectively clean house in 2020 and rebuild towards a brighter future. Not only did that happen but the Panthers, for the most part, made a lot of solid decisions for the benefit of the franchise this offseason.

Such decisions will easily take a few years to see if they were the right ones. With free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft in the books, on paper, the Panthers look a lot better than last year. They’ll have a plethora of new faces on defense, some new weapons on offense, and a brand new starting quarterback for the first time in nine years. Could it be enough to field a winning product?

Sports Illustrated predicts another 5-11 losing season for the Carolina Panthers

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Optimism is always in the air around this time of year but sometimes, reality just needs to be mentioned to keep everyone level-headed. Schuyler Callihan of Sports Illustrated recently published his way too early game-by-game predictions for the Panthers and well, the results were not good at all.

Callihan predicts they’ll once again post a 5-11 losing season and only win one single NFC South rivalry game. That win will come against the Atlanta Falcons in primetime on Thursday Night Football in Week 8. It’s hard to argue with Callihan’s predictions because the Panthers do indeed have a tough schedule and also are playing in a super competitive division.

Hopefully, the Panthers surprise many in 2020 by having players quickly progress and start developing a strong foundation sooner rather than later. There is undoubtedly good talent sprinkled across the roster but again, we’re just looking at names on paper at this point in time. There won’t be a clear picture until training camp and preseason action are here to see how it all comes together. It also remains to be seen how this team will perform week in, week out throughout the regular season.

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The Panthers don’t get a bye until Week 13 which could be a disaster of a situation with so many new faces in the mix. If injuries start piling up or a lot of miscues happen across the board early on, 2020 will likely be another losing season for the Panthers. At the end of it all, all we can do is hope for the best and prepare for the worse. Hopefully, 2020 gives fans some better moments to remember as 2019 left a bad taste for everyone with memories they’d most want to forget.