And the Panthers are playing the N.Y. Giants this week.
So I looked at the rest of the schedule for a positive spin after a reader asked for my best-case scenario on wins for the season. I dug to see if there was a way Carolina could recover from this 0-2 start.
It won't happen, but let's take a look at what happens if all falls right:
N.Y. Giants: The Giants are 0-2 for a reason. The defensive front isn't pressuring the quarterback and the offensive line isn't producing a running game. So what if they beat Carolina 36-7 last year? Win, 1-2
At Arizona:Carson Palmer still is the quarterback, right? Win, 2-2
N.Y. Jets: Remember what Jets linebacker Antwan Barnes said about Buffalo's Mario Williams getting 4.5 sacks against the Panthers in Week 2? "It's the Panthers we're talking about,'' he said. And these are still the Jets. W, 10-4.
New Orleans: Drew Brees. L, 10-5.
At Atlanta: OK, the Falcons have to take the Panthers serious now. L, 10-6.
Again, it won't happen this way, but the Giants won six straight after an 0-2 start in 2007 and won the Super Bowl.
So for those that choose to believe the glass remains half full, it doesn't have to be all gloom and doom.