La Canfora: No favors for Panthers in schedule

The Panthers will have one of the toughest schedules in 2011 (based on 2010’s winning percentages), a fact that wasn’t lost on the majority of Carolina fans. One such fan asked our Jason La Canfora about that during his weekly NFL.com chat Wednesday morning.

La Canfora raises the point that even though the Panthers struggled last season, sometimes things like this schedule are just unavoidable.

“It certainly is odd that the team picking last faces the schedule with the highest 2010 winning percentage,” La Canfora said. “We know that doesn’t always end up translating to the following season, but it is tough for sure.

“Much of it has to do with the fact the rest of the NFC South was very good last season, so that’s six tough games right there. They also match up with the NFC North — with the Lions improving, that’s a tough division as well. And the AFC South matchup brings the Colts and an improving Jags squad. Not much the schedule maker could do about that. They play last-place teams in the other games. That’s the way the equation works.”

La Canfora also touched on other scheduling issues that came out following Tuesday’s release. To view your favorite team’s schedule, click here.

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