Predicting the Carolina Panthers next five games after 0-2 start in 2022

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How will the Carolina Panthers fare over their next five games after starting the 2022 season indifferently with an 0-2 record?

It has been anything but dull where the Carolina Panthers are concerned in 2022. But another dismal performance at the New York Giants means the pressure is well and truly on for everyone associated with the organization.

This is the year when real progression was anticipated. Matt Rhule‘s track record in Year 3 at Temple and Baylor coupled with a solid offseason meant things looked promising for Carolina, although starting with an 0-2 record is nothing short of disastrous.

The Panthers have their work cut out making strides in the coming weeks during a brutal stretch. But they can take some heart from most games being at Bank of America Stadium, which could prove decisive.

With this in mind, we took a look at how Carolina might get on over the next five contests, which will make or break their 2022 campaign.

Week 3

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Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints

Sean Payton might not be their head coach anymore, but the New Orleans Saints have already proven themselves as a competitive outfit over the season’s early stages. Dennis Allen has a talented group that could enter the postseason discussion if everyone stays clear of injuries, so this is another stern test for the Carolina Panthers on home soil.

The Panthers split the series with New Orleans in 2021. If Matt Rhule wants to achieve the same feat this time around, then getting one over on their NFC South rivals in Week 3 is crucial.

Prediction: Loss (0-3)

Jameis Winston is dealing with a back injury. However, the Saints’ defense has been phenomenal so far this season and this could make all the difference in this divisional matchup.