Predicting the Carolina Panthers next five games after 2-6 start in 2022

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How will the Carolina Panthers fare over their next five games with the team currently sitting at 2-6 following their loss at the Atlanta Falcons?

Sunday’s game at the Atlanta Falcons represented a crossroads moment for the Carolina Panthers. Winning would have taken them to first place in the NFC South – which almost looked guaranteed late on before a crucial penalty on D.J. Moore and two critical misses from kicker Eddy Piniero condemned them to the harshest defeat imaginable.

There is certainly a lot more pride back within the Panthers under Steve Wilks. But that doesn’t change the fact they are among the bottom-feeders and look set to get a high-end draft selection in 2023 to potentially get their franchise quarterback of the future.

It’s a fine line with fans, who want to celebrate wins but are also mindful of the need to format a long-term plan to get Carolina back to being competitive under a new head coach in 2023.

Just where they go from here remains to be seen. With that n mind, we took a look at how the Panthers might fare over their next five games before and after their long-awaited bye week.

Week 9

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Carolina Panthers at Bengals

Things don’t get any easier for the Carolina Panthers next weekend when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals. The defending AFC champions look good again after a rocky opening to the campaign, so this is a significant challenge awaiting Steve Wilks and his roster.

The Bengals will be on a short week having played on Monday Night Football. They’ll also be without stud wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase through injury, which is welcome news for a secondary that struggled at times in Week 8.

Prediction: Loss (2-7)

Despite this, Cincinnati is on home soil and has more than enough talent across the board to give Carolina endless problems. A task that might prove too steep when it’s all said and done.