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Don’t Be Fooled: Favorable Schedule Won’t Save Panthers in 2024-25

I’m giving the Carolina Panthers no chance of doing much in 2024-25. The Panthers are on the outside looking in at +25000 odds to win the Super Bowl, and I can’t say I’m surprised.

Their schedule, at least to start the year, isn’t overly hard. However, every game for the Panthers, no matter the opponent, is hard.

Don't Be Fooled: Favorable Schedule Won't Save Panthers in 2024-25
Bryce Young #9 | Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AF

Let’s look at what the NFL season holds for Carolina.


Carolina Eyes Early Wins With Bryce Young at the Helm

If the Panthers are going to win any games, they are likely to come early.

They face the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, and Las Vegas Raiders in the first three weeks, and although they’ll be underdogs in every game, their best chance is against the Raiders in Week 3.

That’s their best shot in the early games, and Bryce Young is good enough to get hot, despite owning a poor record in the NFL as a starting quarterback. However, playing five of their first eight games on the road doesn’t help, also facing the Bears, Falcons, and Commanders.

They should pencil those games as potential wins, especially against the Falcons, who they always play well enough against.

Panthers coach Dave Canales believes Young is doing great things in Carolina.

He’s doing fantastic with it,” Canales said.

So, for us, the formations are pretty vanilla so we can just teach the concept we want out of each route, the depth, the footwork we want. As I expect him to do, he’s really mastered that part of it.

If Young doesn’t perform, the Panthers could take a quarterback in the next NFL draft. This looks like a year where the Panthers will tank, meaning Young will suffer.

If the Panthers go 2-8 over the first 10 games, that should be seen as a success after winning just two games last season… the bar isn’t high.



It’s Tanking Time – Panthers’ Season All About Draft Picks

The Panthers are listed at a +25000 betting line to win the Super Bowl for a reason, and it’s mostly because they don’t want it.

Securing better draft picks is the key goal for the Panthers, who finished 2-15 last season, a laughable record. If they don’t win early, I can’t see them improving their record following a Week 11 bye, when they’ll face teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, and Dallas Cowboys.

By that time, it will be clear to all that they’re tanking. I see no reason for them to win games and potentially give up the top pick, which they desperately need.

I feel sorry for the players who want to give it their all, but tanking teams are tough to slow down. Losing comes naturally to them, but like the Detroit Pistons in the NBA, if they create a losing culture, there might be no turning back.

Are you thinking about betting on the Carolina Panthers? Let me warn you they went 5-11-1 ATS last season, so they weren’t even profitable as an underdog bet at the sportsbook.



Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.


Questions of the Day

How did the Panthers finish last season?

Carolina went 2-15 last season, which was one of the worst seasons of any NFL team in recent history.

What are the odds for the Carolina Panthers to win the Super Bowl?

The Carolina Panthers are +25000 to win the Super Bowl and have little chance of making the playoffs.

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