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How Much of a Predictor is the Panthers’ Preseason Record?

Carolina Panthers 2017 Preseason Schedule

 

                                Date                                      Opponent              Time     

Week One          TBD, Aug. 10-14                        Houston                 TBD        

Week Two          TBD, Aug. 17-21                     @Tennessee             TBD       

Week Three        TBD, Aug. 24-27                  @Jacksonville           TBD       

Week Four          Thursday, Aug. 31                    Pittsburgh              TBD      


 

The NFL preseason is many things.

It’s a chance for guys to win jobs.

It’s a time for fans to hold their breath whenever a starter takes a hit.

It’s the return of actual football, even though it’s not, really.

Through their first 22 preseasons, the Panthers are 43-46 in games that don’t count, including an 10-6 record the past four years. But have the final scores helped foreshadow the results of the regular season?

You be the judge.

 

Panthers' Preseason Records

*playoff seasons in bold

YearRecordYearRecord
19953-220064-0
19962-220071-3
19970-420082-2
19982-220090-4
19992-220101-3
20000-420111-3
20012-220122-2
20021-320133-1
20034-020142-2
20044-020153-1
20052-220162-2

A few things to note:

 

  • The Panthers have finished with at least a .500 preseason record 15 times

 

  • They’ve won at least two games before each of their seven playoff seasons

 

  • They’ve never made the playoffs in the seven years they finished under .500

 

  • Of the three times they've gone 4-0, they've made the playoffs in the 2003 season

 

  • They've finished the preseason with the Steelers every year since 2002

 

  • The Ron Rivera/Cam Newton era has featured a preseason opener pattern:
     
    • 2011 vs NYG – W, 20-10
    • 2012 vs HOU – L, 26-13
    • 2013 vs CHI – W, 24-17
    • 2014 vs BUF – L, 20-18
    • 2015 at BUF – W, 25-24
    • 2016 at BAL – L, 22-19
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