Oct. 6 at Arizona
Oct. 13 at Minnesota
Oct. 20 vs. St. Louis
The Panthers will be coming off a Week 4 bye when they travel to Arizona for what could be their easiest three-game stretch of a schedule that is ranked as the NFLs toughest entering this season. This stretch is crucial to the teams season for multiple reasons. If Carolina is under .500 going into the bye, heres the Panthers chance to get some wins. And the Panthers cannot have another slow start. Three years and three slow starts under Ron Rivera could mean a head coach firing midway through the season, so its imperative the Panthers are above .500 going into Week 8 when they begin division play. - Jonathan Jones
Nov. 3 vs. Atlanta
Nov. 10 at San Francisco
Nov. 18 vs. New England
While much has been made about the Panthers slow starts under Ron Rivera and for good reason the first-half schedule this season does not look particularly daunting. But things change dramatically in November when the Panthers face a three-week gauntlet that includes a home date with the NFC South favorite Falcons, followed by games against San Francisco and New England, popular choices to square off in the Super Bowl in February. If the Panthers survive this stretch with at least one win, there should be meaningful games down the stretch for a change. - Joe Person
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