Ever since their 2015 season that led to a 15-1 record and a Super Bowl 50 loss to the Denver Broncos, the Carolina Panthers have been in a slow decline. The team has had two losing seasons in the past three years and are definitely in the mystery team category. In 2018, Carolina finished third in the NFC South, with a 7-9 record.
The Panthers scored 376 points and gave up 382. The Panthers were 2-6 on the road and that wasn’t the only reason this team didn’t have a winning record. Carolina had a 6-2 start to the season and they went on a seven game losing streak in the second half. Talk about a wasted season, which had such a promising start. The Panthers will be a tricky team to bet on considering how inconsistent last season was. The Panthers win total prediction odds for the 2019 season are 7.5.
When looking at the 2019 schedule for Carolina, they don’t really have any long stretches of easy or hard games. It’s mostly a cluster of hard and some coin flip matchups. The NFC South runs through the New Orleans Saints and even though the Panthers ended last season with a solid win against the Saints, its hard to see Carolina beating New Orleans twice.
A couple tough road matchups will be against the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts; two teams that had amazing second halfs. Also, there’s a toss up game against the Green Packers, to start the second half of the season. Both the Packers and Panthers had shockingly bad seasons, and they will have something to show and that point in the season. Other than, its really going to come down to the Panthers reestablishing their game and division play. For now, it looks like an 8-8 season.
The Panthers will have a lot to prove going into this season. If they can keep pace with the Saints and actually win one of the games against them, then everything else will fall into place. Cam Newton aka Superman, passed for 3395 yards, 24 touchdowns, and a 94.2 QB rating. Newton will need to go for 4000 yards, closer to 30 touchdowns, and a 100 plus QB rating for the first time in his career, to match up with Drew Brees.
All their offensive statistics hovered in the middle of the league, except rushing yards, that finished fourth. They have a good wide receiver core and the Panthers just have to make the big play in those close games. During that long losing streak, they had a handful of close losses that could have gone either way. Make the plays this time around and a playoff birth will be their reward.
Pick: Over 7.5 wins