The NFL released the schedules for all 32 teams on Wednesday night. No real surprises on how the games were lined up throughout the season.
The Carolina Panthers open the regular season at home on Sept. 12 against the New York Jets. A week one feature with Sam Darnold facing his former team. All before welcoming the New Orleans Saints into Bank of America Stadium the following week for their first NFC South match-up.
2021 Carolina Panthers Schedule (All times Eastern)
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 12 vs. New York Jets (1 p.m.)
Darnold vs. the Jets after being traded to Carolina this offseason
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 19 vs. New Orleans Saints (1 p.m.)
No Drew Brees for the new-look NOLA squad
Week 3: Thursday, Sept. 23 at Houston Texans (8:20 p.m.)
A much different team in the lone star state with J.J. Watt exiting for Arizona
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 3 at Dallas Cowboys (1 p.m.)
Carolina stays in Texas for a match-up with America’s team in Arlington.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 10 vs. Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m.)
First look at Jaycee Horn against former Heisman winner Devonta Smith
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 17 vs. Minnesota Vikings (1 p.m.)
Panthers are 3-1 all-time versus Kirk Cousins led teams
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 24 at New York Giants (1 p.m.)
Carolina hasn’t lost to the team from the Meadowlands since 2012
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 31 at Atlanta Falcons (1 p.m.)
Trick or treat in ATL for Panthers in what could be a pivotal NFC South match-up
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 7 vs. New England Patriots (1 p.m.)
Cam Newton’s return to the Queen’s City
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 14 at Arizona Cardinals (4:05 p.m.)
Panthers looking for a sixth-straight win over Arizona including the playoffs
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 21 vs. Washington Football Team (1 p.m.)
The return of Riverboat Ron against his former team
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 28 at Miami Dolphins (1 p.m.)
Carolina is 2-4 all-time vs. Miami having won the past two meetings
Week 13: Bye
A rare December week off after twelve straight to start the season
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 12 vs. Atlanta Falcons (1 p.m.)
Panthers at winless at home vs. Dirty Birds going back to 2017
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 19 at Buffalo Bills (TBD)
The extra game added by the NFL with likely frigid conditions in western New York
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 26 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1 p.m.)
First of two late season meetings vs. Tom Brady and the Super Bowl Champs
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 at New Orleans Saints (1 p.m.)
Carolina is 1-5 at New Orleans since 2016
Week 18: Sunday Jan. 9, 2022 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1 p.m.)
A possible pre-playoff resting period for the Bucs?
The NFL amended this year’s schedule to include an additional regular season game. For the first time in league history teams will play a shortened three-game preseason with a 17-game regular season that goes into the second week of 2022.