The Carolina Panthers had a brutal schedule in 2013 largely due to the relative success around the division. Now we can thank mediocrity in Atlanta and Tampa Bay for making life a lot easier.
It will be a while before the 2014 schedule is officially released, but the NFL has announced opponents for all 32 teams. Northern Exposure will be the theme of next year, with the NFC and AFC North being the out-of-division opponents.
Here's a complete look at the slated opponents.
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It's too early to start predicting where these teams will wind up. There is a grand total of three playoff teams from 2013, as well as some organizations that almost made the post season.
What do you think about the slate of opponents lined up?