The Carolina Panthers certainly will have their hands full in 2012 with five out of conference road games in addition to the usual tough NFC South slate. A team that faces this many solid football teams has no choice but to improve. If the Panthers make the playoffs in 2012, they will have to go through some tough teams to get there. Consider the Panthers road schedule outside of the NFC South:
The Windy City is always a tough place to play and the Bears should be a solid team in 2012. On the bright side, we play them in late October instead of late November or December. It will be cold, but not like the last two months of the year. The Panthers might have to play these guys in the playoffs if things go like I suspect they could.
The Redskins are once again completely retooled and it starts with the quarterback position. All signs point to the Redskins drafting Robert Griffin III. He is one of the few quarterbacks around that might possibly approach Cam Newton's athleticism. It remains to be seen if he can utilize it the same way Cam did in a record breaking rookie season.
Finally the Panthers are back on Monday Night Football. They are set to take on the Eagles and Michael Vick. Hopefully Vick will make it that far into the season before he gets hurt. It seems like it happens every year. I wish him the best in 2012.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are tough as nails at Arrowhead and particularly so late in the season. The Panthers are going to be in a very hostile environment here that always seems to feature a playoff atmosphere. The Panthers can use that for sure. A win in Kansas City is always a positive thing for a franchise.
This game is particularly interesting because it features a number of players and head coach Ron RIvera's return to San Diego.These types of games are always emotional and it will be a very fun game to watch.With us picking up Mike Tolbert as well during the winter, the Chargers will be wanting to show up in San Diego.
*Southern is a huge Carolina Panthers fan that doggedly believes the Panthers will get to the Super Bowl within five years.
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