There’s no team that will confuse bettors more in 2010 than the Carolina Panthers according to Al Dannity.
Off-season changes There were plenty of high profile exits from Carolina this off-season as Julius Peppers joined the Bears, Jake Delhomme found a new home in Cleveland, and Muhsin Muhammad retired.
The draft can only do so much to help a team make up for the loss of such veteran talent but having 10 picks always helps. The Panthers picked up three quarterbacks in Jimmy Clausen, Armanti Edwards, and Tony Pike. Edwards will likely play at receiver and in the wildcat where the former Appalachian State standout has tremendous potential. Rookie receiver Brandon LaFell is another promising signing.
Mark your calendar The visit of Tampa Bay in week 2 will tell NFL betting fans plenty about what direction the Panthers are going in 2010. If Matt Moore can’t lead Carolina to victory against the rebuilding Buccaneers there’s little hope for the season.
Julius Peppers returns to Carolina with the Bears in week 5, at a point in the season where two teams with substantial question marks will need to provide answers. San Francisco’s visit in week 7 should provide a good test of how the rising 49ers fare on the road. Down the stretch the standout match-up is yet another home game as the Panthers welcome Arizona in week 15, another team which bade farewell to an established quarterback in the off-season.
The verdict Of the 32 NFL teams I’m previewing none, not one, will come close to the frustration the Carolina Panthers can cause bettors. This is the type of franchise that can implode when it’s loaded with talent and then punch above its weight just when you think it’s down. No team fufils the any given Sunday cliché better than Carolina.
I like Matt Moore to make this team punch above its weight in 2010. That doesn’t mean playoffs but Carolina will not play like a franchise trying to cut costs at the expense of talent this season. There’s too much young blood floating around this franchise for me to believe the Panthers are going to phone it in.
Look for Carolina to spring upsets on teams coming off big wins, young and hungry teams are always ready to take down over-confident opponents. The Panthers will find a way to make it to 8-8 this season, probably with a solid late run, so take the over of 7.5 games at +125 with Sports Interaction.