4 key takeaways from the Panthers 2021 schedule release

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Chance for a good start

All eyes will be on Sam Darnold over the first few weeks of the 2021 season, especially in Week 1 against his former team. However, there is a good chance the Carolina Panthers can get off to a positive start providing their new signal-caller hits the ground running.

The Panthers open the 2021 campaign with games against the New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, and Houston Texans, which might be just the opening they need to generate some pivotal early momentum.

The last thing Carolina needs is to be looking down the barrel of a losing record after the first month of the season, leaving them playing catch up with other potential playoff hopefuls who might also fancy their chances.

Their start could be a lot worse. But the Panthers need to make the most of it to avoid some significant complications as the campaign goes on.

Matt Rhule has bet big that Darnold can reach his potential in Joe Brady’s system. The protection in front of him remains a concern. But if they can live up to their end of the bargain, then it’s hard to envisage a situation where the quarterback can’t put forward a strong case to hold down the position in the foreseeable future.

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It’s going to be another rollercoaster ride for a fanbase that is growing increasingly tired of cheering winning football. The Panthers have a tremendous chance to get off on the right foot, which could make all the difference when one looks at the bigger picture.