July 5, 2021
2021 Carolina Panthers Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview
Despite last year’s 5-11 season the number one stat you’re gonna hear this offseason is that they lost nine games by eight points or less. This team was in contention almost every weak including tough games against Kansas City and Washington down the stretch and played great football.
A lot of this team’s offensive performance is gonna come down to new starting quarterback Sam Darnold. Last season, game manager extraordinaire Teddy Bridgewater threw for 3,733 yards, a 69.1% completion percentage, and 15 TDs with 11 picks. Darnold’s stats haven’t been much better in his time as the Jets starting quarterback, averaging 213 yards per game with a 59.7% passer rating, 45 TD’s, and 39 interceptions.
The question then becomes, are the Panthers any better with Darnold vs Bridgewater? I would say that Bridgewater posses a much safer floor as a solid game manager while Darnold has considerably more upside. Many believe that Darnold was held down by poor management along with Adam Gase coaching. Panthers aren’t in the win-now mode so I definitely don’t mind taking a shot on the former first-round QB. Vegas doesn’t seem to think much changes considering the win total stayed at 7.5 after the Darnold acquisition.
Just one season after performing a rare all defense draft the Panthers will look to continue to develop that young talent. I expect some marginal improvements this season but it’s hard for me to believe this defensive unit can actually be a challenging force for conference quarterbacks like Brady or Ryan.
2021 Carolina Panthers Schedule
Win Total Odds
Carolina Panthers Odds to Win NFC South
I really like the direction coach Matt Rhule is taking this team in but I’m not interested in the Panthers to win the division +1100. Sharing a division with the reigning Super Bowl champs along with the very competitive Saints is gonna be a really tough chunk of games.
I think it’s very likely they drop both games to the Buccaneers, split the series with the Falcons, and hope to maybe steal one of two from the Saints. With a new quarterback and a shaky defense I think we should temper our expectations a bit, its an incredibly tough division.
Carolina Panthers Odds to Win NFC Championship
I don’t think these odds are quite large enough to even justify a longshot. If Sam Darnold comes out and plays amazing football then this team definitely has some offensive upside. I’m just not sure there complete enough to compete at that level.
I’m excited to see that young defense continue to improve but I still highly doubt it will crack the top 15. No interest in betting the Panthers to win the NFC Championship this season.
Carolina Panthers Odds to Win Super Bowl 56
Really no interest right here. If you’re an excited Panthers fan then I think you have a much better chance at some of the other longshots on the board. I think sprinkles on Sam Darnold MVP and Matt Rhule COY are more likely longshots. Excited to see year two of the rebuild but not confident they go on any sort of playoff run this season.
Carolina Panthers 2021 MVP Contenders & Odds
Christian McCaffrey +5000
Sam Darnold +10000
Christian McCaffrey might be your fantasy league MVP but I’m not interested in betting any running back to win MVP at 50/1. The last 13 consecutive winners have all been quarterbacks and I don’t expect that trend to change this season. On top of that, we’ve already seen him have an amazing all-star season so I don’t believe having similar, or slightly better output would get him the national media attention necessary.
Sam Darnold was the NFL's lowest-rated passer over the last three seasons, almost had as many turnovers as touchdowns, and never had a winning season. Despite all that, there is definitely the narrative necessary to give him a shot. Just imagine the New York media reporting on former golden boy turned draft bust.
Watching his film it’s easy to fall in love with the upside. He occasionally makes amazing deep throws and constantly uses his mobility to his advantage in the pocket. I’m not rushing to the window to place this bet, but Darnold definitely has much more of a path than anyone less in the 100/1 range.
Carolina Panthers Preseason Betting Odds & Markets
Make Playoff?: Yes +275 No -360
The most likely of these bets is definitely Matt Rhule for Coach of the Year at +1800. Rhule led this team to a 5-11 record last year, definitely two or three more wins than most experts predicted. If Rhule could turn around Darnold and produce a winning season this year then I can definitely see a narrative around him start to form. After the relentless beatings, the New York media gave Darnold over the last couple of seasons, having a productive year under this new system could go a long way in the media.
2020 Carolina Panthers Betting Results