Things in the NFL were a little different last season, as we saw 1 extra team in each conference make it into the playoffs. What that meant was that the only team in each conference to get an opening round bye were the teams that landed in the #1 seed. We are going to see another change this coming season, with each team playing a 17th game. That, again, which change the plot and make the season even more grueling than usual. These changes are all in place to help make things that much more exciting for the fans and given how good the playoff races were last season, that extra game might just add even more drama. That extra playoff spot is good news for teams in the middle of the pack. Can we count the Carolina Panthers as one of those teams? Let’s take a closer look at the Carolina Panthers schedule for the 2021-22 season so you can plan your bets against their NFL odds.
NFL Betting – Carolina Panthers Calendar Odds & Analysis For the 2021-22 Season
The Panthers in 2020
It was a season of change in 2020 for the Carolina Panthers, as they had made the decision to move on from Cam Newton in the offseason. They handed the reins to Teddy Bridgewater, but there was always the sense that he was not going to be the long-terms solution. Bridgewater was not bad last season, but this is a team in transition and losing Christian McCaffrey to injury for a few games did not help the cause.
The Carolina Panthers finished the year at 5-11, finishing just above the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South. They were certainly fun to watch at times and showed some signs of promise in the early stages of their rebuild. The goal this season will be to improve on what they delivered in 2020, and they will be doing that with a new QB under center.
Odds to Make the Playoffs and Win the Super Bowl
It was no real surprise when the Panthers decided to part ways with Bridgewater, who will be playing his trade with the Denver Broncos this coming season. What was surprising was the move that they made to land a new QB, bringing in Sam Darnold from the New York Jets. To say that this is a risk is putting things rather mildly, as Darnold never really lit things up during his time in the Big Apple. The Panthers, though, believe that he has some serious upside and think that a change of environment might just bring out the best in the young QB. How he adapts to life with his new team will likely play a major role in the success or failure of the Panthers in 2021. As for the playoffs, here is what the bookies thinks about the question of whether Carolina can get in:
One of the issues that the Panthers have is that they are in the same division as Buccaneers and the Saints, so their chances of topping either of those two teams seems slim. We could still potentially see 3 teams from the division make the playoffs, but that seems very unlikely to me. The reality here is that while I think the Panthers will improve on their 5 wins from last season, they won’t improve enough to be a playoff contender.
This is a team that is still a long way off from winning a Super Bowl, so it is not all that surprising to see them sitting at +5000 right now.
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While some teams are able to navigate each offseason in a way that allows them to stay competitive over a long stretch of times, there are many more who need to blow things up and start from scratch. That is basically where the Carolina Panthers are heading into this season. They have bid farewell to veteran players like Cam Newton, Gregg Olsen, and Luke Kuechly, and are now trying to build a new team under a new coach. That is not something that usually happens overnight, though, so we might be looking at a bit of a project over the next couple of seasons. The general consensus appears to be that the Panthers will be propping up the NFC South at the end of the coming season, so let’s take a look at their schedule to see if that is accurate and their NFL odds for this upcoming season.