The Panthers reside in one of the best divisions in football, the NFC South, and Carolina’s matchups beyond its own division don’t make its 2018 schedule any easier.
Carolina sits in the middle of the pack (12th) in terms of strength of schedule based on last year’s records, but a glance at their opponents for this season suggests things could be more difficult, with two tough divisions on the docket in the NFC East and AFC North.
Bottom line: Carolina had what looked like a rough schedule last season and managed to come away with an 11-5 record, nearly stealing the division title from the Saints. This year, the division looks as tough as ever, and fellow NFC teams like the Eagles, Lions and Cowboys could make for some tough games, too. The Panthers are talented in their own right, though, and their style plays well both at home and on the road. Carolina should remain a conference contender. Record prediction: 10-6
All of this of course is wrapped up in the perfect plan and purposes of God…who knows all, is sovereign over all, and graciously orchestrates the details of our lives, holding everything together, and working everything together for good. None of us know what tomorrow holds…but we can choose to trust the ONE who holds tomorrow. Thank you for loving us and praying us through all of this.
“Went to NYC yesterday for a checkup and moving forward, strategy meeting,” Jill Kelly posted on Instagram. “The doctors were very impressed with how much Jim has healed since he’s been home. Praise God!
“The plan at this point is that he will have surgery in mid-June to lesson the ‘skin flap’ bulk in his mouth, as well as put implants into his upper jaw. And then there will be more healing and waiting and then another surgery and possibly upper teeth sometime in September.”