Seriously, what else does quarterback Cam Newton and Coach Ron Rivera need to do for you to be convinced that the Carolina Panthers are the best team on the planet right now? After jumping to an early 31-0 lead and eventually securing a statement win over Seattle two weeks ago, the Panthers made a mockery of being favored by just three points over the Cardinals in the NFL lines for the NFC Championship, taking a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and piling up more points in the rest of the game to secure an emphatic 49-15 victory.Up next for the Panthers is a battle against the Denver Broncos and their league-best defense. Once again, there are doubts as to whether or not Carolina will be able to live up to the expectations. Based on the following reasons, we strongly believe that the Panthers should be your one and only pick in the NFL lines to deliver a winning result over the Broncos.
Contrary to popular opinion, that isn’t a bad thing; it only means that the Panthers team is composed of a new and highly motivated group that wants to make its own history. And to prove that they are a different unit, the Panthers have already broken several individual and team records this season, underling their worth and potential. Some of the most noteworthy accomplishments by the Panthers so far include:• The 34-point win over the Cards in the Championship game made Carolina just the fifth team to win its conference game in the Super Bowl era by 30-or-more points. Two of those teams (1991 Redskins, 2014 Patriots) went on to win the Super Bowl.• Luke Kuechly’s back-to-back interceptions against Seattle and Arizona (both returned for TDs) makes him the first player with multiple interception return TDs in a single postseason since 2006.• Newton’s 45 combined passing and rushing touchdowns from the regular season were most in the NFL and more than 27 of the other 31 teams in the league. His impressive numbers made him the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 30 touchdowns (35) and rush for at least eight touchdowns (10) in the same regular season campaign.• The Panthers won a franchise-record 15 games during the regular season, and if they can win the Super Bowl, they will become just the fourth team in NFL history to win 18 games in a single season (including playoffs). Two of the other three teams (1984 49ers, 1985 Bears) won the Super Bowl as well.In short, when you are looking at this year’s Carolina team, you better consider them as a different team, rather than hold their questionable history against them.
Panthers Defied the Pro Football Odds All Season LongIn their only appearance in the Super Bowl during the 2003 season, the Panthers played spiritedly, but fell to the Patriots, 32-29. Since then, things have changed in Carolina, with none of the players from that Super Bowl team available in Carolina.
After all, history is made to be broken, and going by the many records they’ve broken so far, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to bank on them to exit the group of 13 teams in the NFL that are yet to win a Super Bowl.