With the NFL season right around the corner (crossing fingers, toes, and nose), I am going to kick off a series where I breakdown each division in the NFL. Recap the key additions, subtractions from the offseason and tell you what you should bet on the Over/Under for each team.
Today I am going to kick it off with the NFC South and the Carolina Panthers.
Key Additions: Teddy Bridgewater, Robby Anderson, Tre Boston, Eli Apple, Derrick Brown, Yetur Gross-Matos and Stephen Weatherly.
Key Subtractions: Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, Luke Kuechly, Eric Reid, Bruce Irvin and Dontari Poe.
Last years record: 5-11
Strength of Schedule: T-18, .500
Vegas Over/Under Win Total: 5.5
Panthers cleaned the house before the season came to an end. With Ron Rivera, Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, and Luke Kuechly no longer with the team, the Panthers will have a lot of new faces heading into 2020.
The Panthers plucked Matt Rhule out of Baylor in hopes of bringing the Panthers back to the playoffs for the first time since 2017. They signed free agent Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a huge 3-year, $63 million contract that includes $33 million guaranteed. Bridgewater is coming off a season of which he helped lead the Saints to a 5-0 record while Brees was out with an injury.
Vegas has the Panthers sitting right at 5.5 wins for the season, and honestly, I think that is the perfect slot for them. They have the best running back in football in CMC, Teddy does have some weapons with new addition Robby Anderson to pair with DJ Moore and Samuel but there is a lot of questions on if Teddy can lead this team as the starter or not.
Panthers O/U 5.5: Under
2020 Record: 4-12
The NFC South was loaded already and now add Brady to the Bucs, and you add the non-conference games this year against the Packers, Chiefs, and Vikings, all of which were playoff teams a year ago.
This will be a transition year for the Panthers. While I think they might surprise a team or two, I think they will finish the season with a repeat record of a year ago, 5-11.
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