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Tough schedule for Panthers
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)-Last year, Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil took a full page advertisement in the Charlotte Observer predicting that they would win the Super Bowl.
We, of course, know now after the Panthers topsy-turvy season, in which they finished 7-9, that they failed their season-ending goal, despite winning five of their final six games.
Unfortunately, for the Panthers, however, NFL schedule makers seemingly felt that their last season Super Bowl predictions deserved the toughest schedule in 2013.
This alleged tough schedule, which could have Panthers quarterback Cam Newton pouting on the sidelines for several games, especially with home games against the Eli Manning and the (9-7)New York Giants, the Tom Brady led New England Patriots, Russell Wilson and the (11-5) Seattle Seahawks and the 2012 MVP Adrian Peterson and the(10-6) Minnesota Vikings coming to Bank America stadium in Charlotte along with their dreaded division rivals, the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Atlanta Falcons as well as the drama-filled Rex Ryan and the New York Jets, and St.Louis Cardinals.
On the road, after facing such a brutal home schedule, the Panthers will also have to face the 2012 NFC Champion San Franciso 49ers along with their divisional rivals and an improved (7-9)Miami Dolphins team.
Truthfully, week after week, the Panthers will be tested even by the Buffalo Bills due to the harsh weather conditions and against the Arizona Cardinals, who had a terrible 2012 season by finishing (5-11) .
But, this is the NFL.
Therefore, there are no cupcake games.
There are no weak schedules.
Why? Because, teams can improve from last season, get stronger, while injuries could plague other teams, which make them weaker or worser as other teams get better.
So, regardless of what the power ranking say, or schedule makers suggest, the Panthers are going to have to buckle up their chin straps like everybody else in the league and play some football.