CHARLOTTE - The Panthers will open their preseason schedule with an early August trip to Chicago to face the Bears, Carolina's first preseason game against an NFC opponent since 2013.
The Panthers will host the Bills the next week in Carolina's first game of 2019 at Bank of America Stadium, and will wrap up the preseason slate August 29 by hosting the Steelers - the 17th consecutive season that Carolina and Pittsburgh have met in their preseason finale.
In between the home dates, the Panthers will visit the Patriots, marking the 20th consecutive season the Panthers have shared the field with the reigning Super Bowl champions (13 regular season meetings and seven preseason meetings).
|Aug. 8||Bears||Soldier Field||8 p.m.|
|Aug. 16||Bills||Bank of America Stadium||7 p.m.|
|Aug. 22||Patriots||Gillette Stadium||7:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 29||Steelers||Bank of America Stadium||7 p.m.|
The Panthers are 48-49 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, including a 3-1 mark last year that included victories over the Bills and Patriots.
This will mark the fifth time in six seasons the Panthers and Patriots will square off in the third preseason game, considered the "dress rehearsal" game in advance of the regular season. Carolina improved to 3-7 against New England last preseason and to 4-2 against Buffalo while falling to 8-12 against Pittsburgh. The Panthers lead the preseason series with Chicago 2-1.