Panthers Open At Home, Have 2 National TV Dates

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers will open the NFL season at home for the first time since 2009 and play two nationally televised games.

Carolina hosts the Seattle Seahawks in the Sept. 8 season opener.

Carolina's nationally televised games include a Thursday night game on Oct. 24 against division rival Tampa Bay on the NFL Network and an Nov. 18 contest at home against the New England on ESPN Monday Night Football, a rematch of the Super Bowl 10 years ago.

Coming off a 7-9 season a year ago, Carolina will play the most difficult schedule in the NFL based on winning percentage of opponents last year.

Six games are against playoff teams from last season -- Seattle, Atlanta, and New England at home and Minnesota, San Francisco and Atlanta on the road.