Carolina Panthers 2009 Schedule

Dan Wheat-RiversContributor IApril 15, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 10:  DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers runs against Gerald Hayes #54 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 10, 2009 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Last night, the NFL released the schedule for the upcoming season.  As a Panthers fan, all I have to say isWHAT?! 

Okay, I know that the best teams get the toughest schedules, but the Panthers did not have the best record last year, and yet their schedule looks impossible.

First of all, they start the year against the Eagles, at the Falcons, and at the Cowboys.  That could be three losses to start the season, easily. 

Second, the four AFC teams they play against are Buffalo in week seven, Miami in week 11, at New York in week 12, and at New England in week 14.  Buffalo is an unknown with TO joining the team, but the other three are playoff contenders and two are considerations for the Super Bowl.

Third, their easiest games are played at home.  They have a lot of tough road games; Dallas, Arizona, NY Jets, NY Giants, New England.

With the NFC South always seeming to be the most wide open in football, this schedule could sink the Panthers.  When you add the lack of fan support for Jake Delhomme, the fans could sour quickly if the Panthers start slowly.  The Panthers have to play well at home again this year to have a good season.