But if NFL Network’s Adam Rank pins his predictions for the 2023 campaign, the streak . . . is over.
Rank recently ran through the Panthers’ upcoming regular-season slate, dishing out wins and losses as he saw fit. And of the 17 games, nine forecasted Carolina as the victors. Those dubs are as follows:
Week 2 vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 3 at Seattle Seahawks
Week 4 vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 8 vs. Houston Texans
Week 9 vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 12 at Tennessee Titans
Week 15 vs. Atlanta Falcons
Week 16 vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 18 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
These projections have the Panthers winding up at 9-8, which would be their first winning record since 2017. That season saw Carolina go 11-5 and clinch a spot in the Wild Card round against the Saints—where they suffered a gut punch of a 31-26 loss.
Would a 9-8 mark, however, be good enough to clinch them a playoff spot this year? Hey, in this era of the NFC South, anything seems possible.