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Carolina Panthers 2012 NFL Schedule Analysis

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Inside the 2012 Schedule

Knocking off the scandal-sullied Saints in Week 2 would make a statement, as would upsetting the reigning Super Bowl champs the following week; such a start could set the tone for a surprising season in Carolina. A Monday night matchup against the Eagles in Week 12 could be crucial, though the Panthers still have to get through the Falcons and Saints once more.
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Week 2 vs. Saints
In order to take the next step, the Panthers have to make playing in Charlotte a tall order for teams, particularly division opponents. Last season the Panthers allowed the Saints to come back late in the fourth quarter in a 30-27 loss. Time to turn it around.
Week 8 at Bears
Another potential W the Panthers let slip away was in Chicago last season. Carolina was in position in the second half, but couldn't make the key plays, despite gaining a whopping 543 yards of offense. This would be a tough road win that would energize one of the NFL's youngest rosters.
Week 14 vs. Falcons
Ditto with the dreaded Falcons, who swept the Panthers last season. Carolina blew a 23-7 halftime lead at home versus the Falcons, ultimately falling 31-23. Ron Rivera's group must close these division games out, especially at home.

 

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