NFL Pro Football 2019 Carolina Panthers Regular Season Win Odds Preview

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The Carolina Panthers concluded their 2019 campaign with a record of 7-9 and failed to make the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. They got off to a good start at 5-3 then went on a seven game losing streak until beating a New Orleans team with nothing to play for in Week 17.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Carolina Panthers lined at 8 wins with over and under bringing back -115 odds.

Cam Newton underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason. In season something did not look right with Cam as he did not have zip on his passes and missed key throws in clutch spots in games that cost the Panthers victories. Newton admitted to struggling throwing the deep ball during the team’s slide. He was 28th in the NFL in passing attempts over 20 yards. Yet, he finished with a career high 67.9% completion rate but his 3.6 yards per air attempt ranked 27th in the league which meant a lot of short passes. 6.6 average yards per pass attempt which was 22nd in the NFL. The signal caller had shoulder surgery in 2017 so that is two operations in the past three years. Newton still a run threat but his four rushing touchdowns were the lowest in his career. So far, the reports are positive with Newton having two good practices in camp the past two days. Question will be how that shoulder handles a big hit? Cam Newton has taken punishment and probably the toughest quarterback since entering the NFL. It is hard to take shots at Cam when he has no fear in squaring up with a defender running between the tackles, but it has put his body and career at risk.

If Newton at age 30 continues to be hampered with his shoulder, Carolina looked to the future by drafting West Virginia quarterback Will Grier in the third round.

After sitting as the third string since entering the Carolina Panthers backfield out of college the time has come for running back Christian McCaffrey to lineup with the first string. He rushed for 1098 yards last year in his second season for 5 yards per carry. He caught 107 passes for 867 yards with six touchdowns. He struggled in his rookie campaign running between the tackles but gained strength and had the second year surge in 2018. He played in over 91% of the offensive snaps last year. Head coach Ron Rivera said one of his goals entering the season is to develop depth at the position. Cameron Artis Payne in four seasons has rushed for 491 yards and five touchdowns. In his two seasons with the Panthers, Artis Payne has averaged 18.5 carries per season. Elijah Hood returns after missing the 2018 campaign with a knee injury. Panthers selected in the fifth round Jordan Scarlett out of Florida who has speed but will need to be developed into the passing game as he was not used in that regard in his Gators career.

Panthers passing targets for Cam Newton DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel are the starters on the depth chart. Chris Hogan was signed in free agency from the Patriots. Jarius Wright, Torrey Smith and Aldrick Robinson are competing for targets. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner has talent to work for with this group. Tight end Greg Olson has been a long time favorite for Newton. The 34 year old enters his 13th season. Durability has been a question missing 16 of 32 games the past two seasons. He was very durable in his first ten seasons in the NFL.

Carolina Panthers have a strong front seven. Ron Rivera will call the plays on defense as those duties were taken away from defensive coordinator Eric Washington. Team put up only 19 points per game in the final four games with Rivera calling the plays. They are switching to a 3-4 defense and picked up pieces for that scheme. Team struggled in 2018 putting pressure on the passer finishing 27th in sacks. As a result, the Panthers allowed 32 touchdown passes 27th in the league. They were 25th in points allowed at 24 per contest and 27th in red zone. Luke Kuechly leads a talented group of linebackers.

Panthers were the second place team in the NFC South. They face every team from the NFC West and AFC South. With a second place schedule they meet Washington from the NFC East and Green Bay from the NFC North. Team has one set of back to back road games. In late September they are at Arizona and Houston. Mid-November the schedule gets tough. Their final eight games see two games against Atlanta and New Orleans. Then, single games against Green Bay, Washington, Seattle and Indianapolis.

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