We still don’t know the week-by-week schedule for the Carolina Panthers in 2016, but we do know which teams they will play and where.

Here is the list of opponents and their 2015 records so we can see how good these teams could possibly be for the current season.

  • Atlanta Falcons (2x) – 8-8
  • New Orleans Saints (2x) – 7-9
  • Tampa Bay Bucs (2x) – 6-10
  • Arizona Cardinals – 13-3
  • LA Rams – 7-9
  • Seattle Seahawks – 10-6
  • San Francisco 49ers – 5-11
  • Denver Broncos – 12-4
  • Kansas City Chiefs – 11-5
  • Oakland Raiders – 7-9
  • San Diego Chargers – 4-12
  • Minnesota Vikings – 11-5
  • Washington Redskins – 9-7

So here are some quick notes.  Boyd’s Bets has the Carolina Panthers win total at 10.5.  That makes some sense.  They think the division is going to be down this year with both the Falcons and Saints slotted for seven wins and the Bucs at 6.5.

The reason is the division we have to face.  The NFC West is going to be difficult again with the Cardinals and Seahawks.  We have to take on the AFC West with the Super Bowl champion Broncos, the Chiefs, and what I think will be improved Chargers and Raiders teams.

I do like how we get the Vikings and Redskins.  Both of those teams over-achieved in 2015 and I can’t see them being all that great in 2016.  Kirk Cousins didn’t really impress me much a year ago and the organization itself always seems to be in disarray.

The Vikings won’t be bad.  They have a nice young quarterback, but Adrian Peterson has to start slowing down some time doesn’t he?  And I prefer to play Minnesota than Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, that much is for sure.

Minnesota is only slated for 9 wins, while Green Bay is expected to have 10.5.  The Redskins are predicted to finish last in the NFC East with 7.5 wins, so we dodged a nice bullet there.  That AFC West though has the Broncos with 9.5, Chiefs with 9, Raiders with 7.5 and the Chargers with 7 wins.

The NFC West shows Seattle with 10.5, Arizona with 9.5 LA with 7 and the 49ers with 5.  Our saving grace right now is we get six divisional games against teams I just don’t think will be very good.

For a team that just went to the Super Bowl this is about as good as it is going to get.  Last year the odds makers had us projected for 10.5 wins and we ended up with 15 plus a trip to Levi’s Stadium.  Let’s hope the fact that the projection is the same this year means the same result, up until the final game where we turn the tables and win it this year =)