The NFL and the Carolina Panthers have released their 2020 schedule, with their first game starting at home for the second year in a row. The Las Vegas Raiders come to town and play their first game under the Las Vegas flag since moving from Oakland last year.
Carolina Panthers 2020 Schedule
Week 1 — Sept. 13: vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 1 p.m., CBS
Week 2 — Sept. 20: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. FOX
Week 3 — Sept. 27: at L.A. Chargers, 4:05 p.m., CBS
Week 4 — Oct. 4: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m., TBD
Week 5 — Oct. 11: vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m., FOX
Week 6 — Oct. 18: vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m., FOX
Week 7 — Oct. 25: at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., FOX
Week 8 — Oct. 29: vs. Atlanta Falcons (Thursday Night Football), 8:20 p.m., FOX/NFL Network
Week 9 — Nov. 8: at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m., FOX
Week 10 — Nov. 15: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., FOX
Week 11 — Nov. 22: vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m., FOX
Week 12 — Nov. 29: at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m., FOX
Week 13 — Dec. 6: Bye
Week 14 — Dec. 13: vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m., CBS
Week 15 — Dec. 19 OR 20: at Green Bay Packers, TBD
Week 16 — Dec. 27: at Washington, 1 p.m., CBS
Week 17 — Jan. 3: vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., FOX
Besides their traditional run of games against the NFC South, the Panthers will also face the entire NFC North and AFC West. This means that the Panthers will face the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs and their star quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Carolina will travel out to Kansas City on November 8 for this matchup. Carolina is 12-12 all-time against the AFC West. The Panthers went 1-3 against the division in 2016 but swept the group in 2008.
Week 2 will see the Panthers travel to Tampa Bay to face the newly stocked Buccaneers with their recently acquired quarterback Tom Brady. The Bucs will travel to Carolina for a November 15 matchup. The addition of Brady and Rob Gronkowski has made them co-favorites to win the loaded NFC South. Over the last four seasons, the Panthers are 7-17 against the NFC South.
The Panthers will face off against its former longtime head coach Ron Rivera when they take on the Washington Redskins on December 27. It will be the allure of seeing Rivera up and down the opposite end of the sideline that will have fans keeping an eye on this game. 2020 will mark the third-straight season that Carolina has faced off against the Redskins, the first time the two teams have played three years in a row since 2001 in the old divisional alignment.
Carolina has only one primetime game this year, a Thursday night matchup with the NFC South foe Atlanta Falcons.
For the Panthers, their journey to bounce back from a disappointing 5-11 record will be an uphill battle as they deal with an entirely new coaching staff and possibly a new starting quarterback.
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