Panthers schedule: Outlook bleak for Carolina in FanSided projection

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What impact would a 2-14 season have?

Simply put, if the Carolina Panthers schedule sees them emerge from the 2020 season with a 2-14 record, it would be nothing short of a disaster. The franchise has put a lot of faith in their young players going forward and there is no telling what a campaign like this will do for their morale.

Head coach Matt Rhule is practically getting a free pass for his first season amidst a rebuild. But if he gets only two victories next term then the pressure is going to be definitely on throughout his second year at the helm.

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One solace the Panthers could possibly take from such a record is their ability to possibly take a top-tier draft pick in 2021. This could see them in prime position to take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick. Or if Teddy Bridgewater performs well, someone like Oregon’s standout left tackle Penei Sewell.

There are little or no expectations on the Panthers in 2020. They are in a hugely competitive division and come up against a host of teams that have postseason ambitions. Any confidence boosts the roster can get from the campaign is going to do them good as the organization looks to become a contender in the not-too-distant future.

Someone like Lawrence has the potential to change the face of a franchise. But sacrificing the season to acquire him is not something that the Panthers could possibly do. They need to make strides, and quickly.

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Securing a 2-14 record from the Panthers schedule is not going to go down well. However, this might be the worst-case scenario given current betting odds.