The NFL released the 2014 schedule, and players and fans alike are getting ready for next season with great anticipation. The Carolina Panthers overcame a difficult schedule last year (one that was the toughest in the league) and clinched the NFC South title.
The new campaign suggests an easier road, but the team will be a shell of its former self—most notably on offense where the Panthers saw a mass exodus of their wide receivers. Of course, there have been new additions, and it's too early to speculate about the level of success that Carolina will experience in the fall.
Since Bleacher Report's Knox Bardeen covered the Panthers' schedule on a week-by-week basis, this article will serve as an analytical piece regarding the different factors that have comprised Carolina's new schedule and what to expect when the season gets under way.
Carolina will face familiar foes and experience new obstacles as it attempts to record two consecutive winning seasons for the first time in franchise history.