3 directions the Carolina Panthers 2020 season can go from here

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The Carolina Panthers exceed expectations and make the playoffs

This might seem unlikely after a performance like the one we just witnessed from the Carolina Panthers. But it is still a possibility.

There is an extra playoff spot this season as part of the new structure, which means that there will be another team getting in the mix that might have been on the outside looking in during the previous campaign.

Given the distinct lack of quality in the NFC East, it would be a huge shock if more than one team came from that division, which further opens things up.

The Panthers have it all to do, and getting to the postseason would be their high ceiling to aim for in the coming weeks. But considering their strength of schedule between now and the New Year, they will need to play at a supremely high level to give themselves a fighting chance of elimination football.

Carolina’s hopes of making the playoffs might appear slim from the outside looking in. But there is still a belief within the group that they can build on their .500 start and if they can cut out silly mistakes that they’ll get severely punished for against the NFL’s best, then it isn’t out of the realms of possibility.

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Yes, it is a long shot. But so was a 3-3 record at this stage of the season and the Panthers managed to attain that against the odds.