One year after recording 11 wins to reach the playoffs, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers took a big step in the wrong direction to finish with their second losing season in the last three years in 2018. Now however, after their uninspiring campaign, the Panthers will be looking to bounce back in a big way to extend one of the lesser known streaks in recent NFL memory.
You see, starting in 2013, the Panthers have recorded alternate winning and losing records for the past six seasons, which suggests, both, some wild inconsistency, combined with the fact that the Panthers are ‘due’ for a winning campaign in 2019. Whether the Panthers get back into the playoff mix or not, there are a bunch of things you need to know about Carolina before the start of the quickly approaching 2019 NFL regular season. Thankfully, that’s where I come in. Let’s get started.
Carolina Panther 2019 NFL Season Betting Guide
- ATS: 7-9 (W-L) / 7-9-0 (ATS) / 5-3-0 (Home) / 2-6-0 (Away) / 6-8-0 (Grass) / 1-1-0 (Turf)
- O/U: 8-8 (W-L) / 5-3-0 (Home) / 3-5-0 (Away) / 7-7-0 (Grass) / 1-1-0 (Turf) / 47.4 (Total)
Carolina went 7-9 SU in 2018 to finish tied for second in the NFC South, but the Panthers struggled mightily on the road in going just 2-6 SU away from Bank of America Stadium. When it came to covering the chalk last season, the Panthers were identically awful on the road (2-6 ATS), although they managed to cover the chalk five times at home. Carolina finished at exactly .500 when it came to the Over/Under total, while playing Over the total five times at home and Under the total five times on the road.
- Total Yards: 373.2 / Rank 10
- Passing Yards: 239.8 / Rank 16
- Rushing Yards: 133.5 /Rank 4
- Points Scored: 23.5 / Rank 14
- Field Goal %: 90.5 / Rank 6
The Panthers finished the 2018 campaign ranked 10th in total offense and fourth in rushing but just 16th in passing while finishing 14th in scoring (23.5 ppg). Carolina added center Matt Paradis and wide receiver Chris Hogan in free agency while re-signing tackle Daryl Williams and drafting Ole Miss offensive lineman Greg Little in the second round and West Virginia quarterback Will Grier in the third round.
- Total Yards: 353.2 / Rank 15
- Passing Yards: 240.4 / Rank 18
- Rushing Yards: 112.8 /Rank 12
- Points Allowed: 23.9 / Rank 19
- Field Goal %: 87 / Rank 19
Defensively, Carolina wasn’t nearly as dominant as they were in 2017 while finishing 15th in total defense, an uninspiring 18th against the pass and 12th against the run. The Panthers finished an unacceptable (for them) 19th in points allowed (23.9 ppg). To address their needs on the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers drafted Florida State outside linebacker Brian Burns with the 16th overall pick while re-signing veteran safety Eric Reid and adding linebacker Bruce Irvin in free agency.
- Touchdowns: Christian McCaffrey (13)
- Rushing: Christian McCaffrey (1098)
- Passing: Cam Newton (3395)
- Receiving: Christian McCaffrey (867)
- Sacks: Mario Addison (9.0)
- Interceptions: Donte Jackson (4)
Second-year running back Christian McCaffrey had a solid, but not outstanding season, in rushing for 1,098 yards with a team-high 13 touchdowns. Cam Newton finished with the highest completion percentage of his career despite missing two starts. Defensive end Mario Adison racked up a team-high nine sacks to reach 29.5 over the last three seasons while cornerback Donte Jackson led the team in interceptions in his rookie season.
In addition to their four super difficult NFC South divisional matchups against New Orleans and Atlanta, the Panthers will be facing a tougher Tampa Bay team in 2019 as well because of the arrival of head coach Bruce Arians. Not only that, but with three more difficult dates against likely AFC South playoff contenders (Indianapolis, Houston, Tennessee) and a pair of dates against two NFC West playoff contenders (LA Rams, Seattle), the Panthers will have their work cut out for themselves.
Still, I’m expecting the Panthers to bounce back defensively in 2019, although I’m still thinking that Ron Rivera and company aren’t using Christian McCaffrey nearly as much as they should be. A winning season clearly is no lock for the Panthers in 2019, even if their history says they’ll finish with one.