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Carolina Panthers Betting Odds – NFL Football Futures

Carolina Panthers Betting Odds – NFL Football Futures

Well, we can say one thing about the Carolina Panthers going into the 2011 season – they did bring in what promises to be in a good coaching staff – Ron Rivera as Head Coach, Sean McDermott (of the Eagles) as Defensive Coordinator and Rob Chudzinski (of the Chargers) to run the offense.

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A look at the numbers:

Last season – 2-14 SU, 4-12 ATS
Projection this season – 6-10 (4th in NFC South)
Panthers Super Bowl XLVI Odds: +300000
Panthers 2011/12 NFC Odds – +100000
2011 Panthers NFC South Lines – +2000

This group should, if nothing else, produce a competitive environment in Carolina instead of the rather stagnant one that we saw when John Fox ran the team.

There’s more good news on the Panthers front as well – they were able to retain their offensive and defensive starts after both threatened to leave via Free Agency. DeAngelo Williams and Charles Johnson both signed contract extensions and will remain with the Panthers – thank God!

Their linebackers James Anderson and Thomas Davis were also brought back. Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey were brought in to help out their rookie Quarterback and Steve Smith has decided to stay.

Want more good news? Cam Newton, once perceived as a slow and unmotivated learner has studied hard in the offseason and has used organized workouts to really showcase his dedication to becoming a pro. Newton will almost certainly be Carolina’s opening day starter – they will need him to be at his absolute best!

All told, there is more good than bad coming out of Carolina – will it make them a contender? Absolutely not this year.

New Coach Ron Rivera was San Diego’s Defensive Coordinator – the focus of this team will still be on “D”. That doesn’t necessarily bode well for an offense that was dead last by a mile in most statistical categories last season. But fellow Charger alum Rob Chudzinski could weave a little bit of magic. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

DeAngelo Williams is still an elite talent along with Jonathan Stewart and Steve Smith is still a Stud. But an abbreviated offseason and training camp will be this team’s undoing. With a ton of new talent, in a new system, the offense figures to struggle once again.

Defensively, the Panthers are in the same boat – new coaches and a few new players will need to gel quickly if they want to be competitive. Carolina has some pieces in place (Omar Gaither from the Eagles is a huge upgrade at Linebacker) but they are still a huge work in progress.

I look at the St. Louis Rams from last season and see some comparisons – they were OK defensively in Steve Spagnuolo`s first year and emerged in the second. Ron Rivera will turn the Carolina defense around but it will likely take a year or two before result are obvious.

Carolina Panthers NFC South Prediction:

I like what the Panthers did ahead of the 2011 season, I really do. But playing in a very tough NFC South, I can`t see the moves translating to wins right away. Carolina will be better this season for sure but growing pains will be evident from the outset.

DeAngelo Williams is worth a couple of wins all by himself!

Expect a 6-10 season and another last place finish in the NFC South.

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