Breaking Down Panthers Remaining Schedule

The Carolina Panthers currently sit at 3-7-1 with an outside shot at the NFC South. How will the final five weeks play out? Find out below!

The Panthers are still very much alive in the NFC South but must finish strong over the final five games to overcome the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons, who currently sit atop the division. The final five games set up nicely for the Panthers to make that run. This is the team’s remaining schedule for 2014:

     

Total Offense

Total Defense

Week

Opponent

Record

Yards Per Game

Rank

Yards Per Game

Rank

13

at Minnesota

4-6

309.1

30th

340.5

12th

14

at New Orleans

4-6

424.5

2nd

369.9

20th

15

vs. Tampa Bay

2-8

313.3

28th

384.3

27th

16

vs. Cleveland

6-4

356.1

14th

372.3

22nd

17

at Atlanta

4-6

367.3

10th

403.4

32nd

The Panthers are going to have to travel on the road three of their final five games however each game is winnable with the remaining five opponents having a combined record of 20-30. More importantly than that is the fact the Panthers get to face each divisional opponent one more time, specifically the Saints and the Falcons. A tight division race usually comes down to which team has the best division record. There is a real possibility that the division could be decided in Week 17 in Atlanta with these two teams playing for a playoff spot.

The offense should feel good about the remainder of the schedule because once they get past Minnesota, they face four defenses in the bottom third of the NFL. If they want to take advantage of this the offense is going to need to play better than they have in recent weeks. The bye week will be important to get everyone on the same page and incorporate Philly Brown into the game plan.

The defense has a little bit of tougher challenge, in particular the Saints and Falcons who rank in the top 10 in the NFL in total offense right now. They have already faced these two offenses once, and hopefully will play better than they did the first go-around. It won’t be easy as these two teams usually play much better in their domes.

It is hard to imagine that this team could end up in the playoffs but the opportunity is certainly there. The run to the playoffs start in Minnesota and it is a must win game for them.


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