4 nightmare scenarios for the Carolina Panthers in 2022

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Brian Burns
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What nightmare scenarios could prevent the Carolina Panthers from progressing during the 2022 season? 

The Carolina Panthers are now heading into a brief period of rest before their all-important training camp in Spartanburg. It’s been an encouraging offseason for the organization regarding recruitment and new coaching additions, but what transpires throughout the summer will tell us plenty about what this team can accomplish in 2022.

Matt Rhule knows how much is at stake. There is a relaxed atmosphere around the set-up right now, but whether this makes a big difference when business picks up is the big question.

The Panthers have enough talent to potentially make a splash. They also boast plenty of salary-cap space for further acquisitions if the right opportunities come along in the not-too-distant future.

Of course, things could go horribly wrong. On this topic, we picked out four nightmare scenarios for the Panthers in 2022.

Nightmare Scenario No. 1

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Carolina Panthers cannot make home-field advantage count early

Looking at the Carolina Panthers’ 2022 schedule, it’s absolutely imperative that they hit the ground running with five home games in the first six weeks of the season. Something that would hopefully build enough momentum for a successful campaign overall.

The Panthers didn’t enjoy the best of fortunes in front of their loyal fanbase in 2021. Bank of America Stadium was also packed out with opposing fans more often than not as disenchantment grew between supporters and Matt Rhule’s struggling team.

If the same happens this time around, then Carolina can kiss any hopes they have of attaining respectability goodbye.