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Atlanta Falcons (4-12) Atlanta Falcons (4-12)
New Orleans Saints (11-5) New Orleans Saints (11-5)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)
Chicago Bears (8-8) Green Bay Packers (8-7-1)
Detroit Lions (7-9) Minnesota Vikings (5-10-1)
Cleveland Browns (4-12) Baltimore Ravens (8-8)
Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) Cincinnati Bengals (11-5)
Seattle Seahawks (13-3) Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
Following are a few notes on Carolina's 2014 opponents:
• The Panthers will play nine games against teams that finished the year with a .500 or better record, including six contests against opponents who made the playoffs during the 2013 campaign.
• Carolina is tied with San Francisco for the 17th-toughest strength of schedule (.494) based on 2013 records. The Panthers had the toughest strength of schedule (.543) entering the 2013 season.
• The Panthers have compiled a 12-12 regular season record versus the NFC North since division realignment in 2002.
• The game against Minnesota will be played outdoors at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium while the Vikings' new stadium is under construction.
• Carolina will host the Seahawks for the third consecutive year. It will mark the teams' fourth meeting in the last five years after they only played three times in the franchise's first 15 seasons.
• The Panthers own a 5-7 all-time record against the AFC North.
The NFL's scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis. Under the formula, every team within a division plays 16 games as follows: