Predicting the Carolina Panthers next five games after 1-3 start in 2022

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Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It’s hard to gauge just how toxic the atmosphere would be at Bank of America Stadium when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit in Week 7 if the Carolina Panthers are 1-5 by this point. Fans are already voting with their feet by not attending games and those with the willpower to sit through such a poor product have begun making their feelings more than clear towards the sidelines.

Matt Rhule can talk about the process and the brand. But supporters are seeing through this and when results aren’t happening when it counts, the situation is becoming uglier with every passing week.

Trying to end a dismal run against Tom Brady is not exactly the easiest proposition. The legendary quarterback has had Rhule’s number since leaving the New England Patriots and even though the Bucs are on a two-game losing streak currently, that might not be the case by the time they descend on Charlotte.

Any team led by Brady should be taken seriously. He’s not getting any younger and this might be his final season before stepping away entirely, but the Bucs have more than enough to pile further misery on Rhule when it’s all said and done.

Prediction: Loss (1-6)

If the Panthers’ results go this way in the coming weeks, it would leave them staring down the barrel of one of their worst starts in franchise history. It would also take Rhule’s record over his last 14 games to a pathetic 1-13, but whether that would be enough for team owner David Tepper to pull the plug is debatable.