CHARLOTTE - The Panthers will face AFC opponents in each of their four preseason games, opening the schedule on the road against the Buffalo Bills in early August.
Carolina will close the preseason with a road game August 30 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 16th consecutive season that Carolina and Pittsburgh have wrapped up the preseason against each other. In between the road trips, the Panthers will host the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots, meaning Carolina will face every AFC East team except the New York Jets. The Panthers last faced an NFC team in the preseason in 2013.
The slate is exactly the same as the 2015 preseason schedule, a season that ended with a trip to the Super Bowl.
2017 CAROLINA PANTHERS PRESEASON SCHEDULE
|1||Aug. 9 ||at Buffalo Bills ||Ralph Wilson Stadium ||7:00 p.m.|
|2||Aug. 17 ||vs. MIAMI DOLPHINS ||Bank of America Stadium||7:30 p.m.|
|3||Aug. 24 ||vs. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS ||Bank of America Stadium||7:30 p.m. |
|4 ||Aug. 30 ||at Pittsburgh Steelers ||Heinz Field ||7:30 p.m. |
The Panthers also will travel to Pittsburgh in the regular season, the 21st time Carolina has faced a team in the regular season after facing the same team in the preseason. The NFL is expected to release the regular season schedule later this month.
The Panthers are 45-48 all-time in preseason games, finishing at least .500 in the preseason in each of the franchise's eight playoff seasons. Carolina has gone at least .500 every preseason since 2012.
Like the Panthers, the Steelers, Bills and Patriots were all playoff teams in 2017. This will mark the fourth time in five seasons the Panthers and Patriots will square off in the third preseason game, considered the "dress rehearsal" game in advance of the regular season.