11 of the Panthers 13 2013 Opponents & Location Confirmed

Hat tip to jynx for being the first to post this on CSR via fanshot!

The NFL released its 2012 NFL Record and fact Book which you can join the site and get access to here. In it each team's opponents for the 2012 season are identified and whether the game is a home game or away. At least for the 12 teams we can know at this point. The reason being of course is the final two opponents are determined by the 2012 final divisional standings.The NFC South has divisional match-ups in 2013 with the AFC East and NFC West.

Please note this list is different then some sites out there that forecasted the schedule based on the current divisional rotation. They failed to account for the special rule when a team plays the AFC West division as a whole. A team will not play both the 49ers and Seahawks either both as home games or both as away games. If you have the "Hawks at home then you will travel to San Fran, and vice versa. I've got the full formula after the jump.

Here are seven of the eight teams that will visit the Queen City next season:

Home

St. Louis Rams - Bradford Schmadford

Seattle Seahawks - Will we be facing J-Stew instead of cheering for him?
New England Patriots - How juicy will this one be?
New York Jets - Sexy Rexy comes to town

NFC East Same Place Finisher - Cowboys?

Atlanta Falcons (Div.)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Div.)
New Orleans Saints (Div.)

Since I anticipate the Panthers coming in 2nd in the division I bet we play the Cowboys yet again next year. Here's the seven road games, after the jump...

Away
Miami Dolphins

Arizona Cardinals
San Francisco 49ers
Buffalo Bills
NFC North Same Place Finisher - Lions?
Atlanta Falcons (Div.)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Div.)
New Orleans Saints (Div.)

I'm still not seeing the Lions over taking the Packers just yet nor do I see the Bears jumping the Lions.

Overall I think it will be a middle of the road schedule strength-wise. We usually view the NFC East as being very strong and the NFC West as being weak. I think that will still hold to a degree though neither division is as far tot he extreme as in years past.

Here's the actual Scheduling Formula:

Under the NFL scheduling formula, every team within a division plays 16 games as follows:

• Home and away against its three division opponents (6 games).

• The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (4 games).

• The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (4 games).

• Two intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings (2 games). These games will match a first-place team

against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The

second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference will be matched in the same way each year.

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