Predicted Record: 5-11
At Kansas City Chiefs: Win
There isn't a more likely time for Cam Newton to go off than against the Chiefs. Kansas City is horrible on offense and defense, and the Panthers should be able to win. Jamaal Charles poses a threat, but the Chiefs seem unlikely to properly utilize him.
Vs. Atlanta Falcons: Loss
Atlanta is going to win the NFC South, and it is a much better team than Carolina. The Falcons will have no problem passing. Though the Panthers won't struggle on offense, they won't dominate either.
At San Diego Chargers: Loss
Though San Diego has struggled in 2012, it is a better team than Carolina. Philip Rivers should be able to put points on the board against the Panthers, while Newton and company will struggle against a surprisingly good defense.
Vs. Oakland Raiders: Win
Oakland will still struggle to run, even against the Panthers' awful rush defense. Carolina, on the other hand, should be able to move the ball fairly easily, leading to a home victory.
At New Orleans Saints: Loss
The Saints will still have something to play for here, and that gives the Panthers little shot at a victory. New Orleans, even in a down year, is much better than Carolina.