4 ways the Carolina Panthers can secure a winning record in 2020

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Just how can the Carolina Panthers defy the odds and secure a winning record in 2020?

The time for talk and speculation for the Carolina Panthers is almost at an end. They will finally get to the field in a competitive environment in a little more than a fortnight. And this will be the acid test for a new-look roster that has not played a down during the preseason thanks to a canceled schedule.

This has made life particularly difficult for new head coach Matt Rhule. Little is expected of the Carolina Panthers next season. But how they perform, develop, and progress and the campaign goes on to ease concerns regarding the magnitude of their rebuild. It will also enable the organization to become an attractive free-agent destination with more cap space available next spring.

The Panthers have been something of an afterthought in an NFC South division that boasts two legitimate Super Bowl contenders in the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This might be something they can use to their advantage from the word go. And there are plenty of playmakers that could ensure their preseason outlook might not be as bad as first feared.

Getting a winning record might seem like a pipe dream for Carolina’s loyal fanbase in 2020. There are few that would deny that this is the highest ceiling they could possibly aim for. But if they hit the ground running, cope well against high-class opposition, and put some significant points on the board, then stranger things have happened in the NFL.

Here are four ways the Panthers can go above .500 next season.