The 2013 NFL schedule is finally here and along with it the games that will shape the Carolina Panthers' season later this year. While there is great joy in knowing when the games will be played, there should be a bit of understandable concern when the new season begins.
As luck would have it, the Panthers draw the hardest schedule, once again facing opponents who had a combined winning percentage of .543 during the 2012 campaign. To add to that, Carolina will face five teams who won 10 games or more last season, all of which made the playoffs as well.
Needless to say, the Panthers have their work cut out for them if they are to make a run at a playoff berth. A postseason appearance may be needed in order for head coach Ron Rivera to keep his job, and his task will not be an easy one.
Carolina will get its fair share of the national spotlight as it plays two prime-time games this season. First, the Panthers will travel to Tampa Bay a for Thursday night game and will then host the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.
Without further adieu, here are the games in a power ranking format based on easiest to hardest for the Carolina Panthers in 2013.