Have the Panthers officially hit rock bottom after Week 10 loss?

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Upcoming games on the Carolina Panthers’ schedule

If the Carolina Panthers want to get some semblance of respectability from the 2020 season, then they need to start picking up some wins sooner rather than later. That might be easier said than done with some tough opposition on what’s been a brutal schedule so far, but there should be more of a chance compared to what they’ve had to tackle over the last month.

Next up for the Panthers is a home game against the Detroit Lions, who are coming off an important win that will boost morale after another campaign littered with inconsistencies.

This will be followed by a trip to the Minnesota Vikings, who look like a different team after the bye and still harbor some playoff hopes with the extra places available. Running back Dalvin Cook is playing at an All-Pro level and will see Carolina’s porous run defense as a real opportunity for another big day.

A home game with the Denver Broncos after the bye also appears winnable, even if their trip to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers does not. Their last game on the road comes against former head coach Ron Rivera in Washington and they end with a home tie against the Saints, who might just have the NFC South title to play for on the final day.

Confidence couldn’t be lower at the moment, so just what sort of success the Panthers can generate between now and the end of the campaign will be crucial ahead of what is sure to be another important offseason period in 2021.