For the sixth time in seven seasons with Ron Rivera as head coach, the Carolina Panthers will once again open the NFL season on the road away from their home fans. Take a moment and think about that. Six times in seven seasons? How is this even possible? Do me a favor, flip a coin seven times for me. Heads is home, tails is away. Tell me if you ever get a 6-1 result. I’ll wait.
According to the Charlotte Observer , the Carolina Panthers will open the season in San Francisco. This means they will be playing the first game of the season in the stadium they lost Superbowl 51. If you want to put a positive spin on things, you could say this is an opportunity for the Panthers to exorcise the demons of the lost Superbowl. However, I am sure everyone inside of Bank of America Stadium would rather open at home in front of their own fans.
Ron Rivera is not the complaining type, but a serious inquiry needs to be made. Momentum is such a large piece of the puzzle in the NFL, and every little bit helps. Asking to start the season at home more than 14% of the time is not too much to ask.