Breaking Down 2009 Carolina Panthers’ Schedule

Carolina received a 1st place schedule thanks to a 12-4 finish in 2008 with games against Minnesota and Arizona.  Vegas has the Panthers with 8.5 wins in 2009 for all the bettors out there.  Here’s a few highlights from their upcoming schedule:

The Panthers open up with a difficult 3-game stretch before their week 4 bye – at home against the Eagles, then on the road to Atlanta and Dallas (Monday Night).  Carolina, with 2 or more wins, could be an NFC early favorite, or be 0-3 with a slow start.  After easier games against Washington, Tampa and Buffalo, the Panthers get another gaunlet of games against Arizona, New Orleans and Atlanta.  After the Falcons, Carolina must turn around and play Miami on Thanksgiving. 

There are two big-time cold weather games on their schedule in December with New England and the Giants.  The Panthers will definitely earn a playoff spot with a closing 4-game stretch of the Patriots, Vikings, Giants and Saints.