2018 Carolina Panthers Season Win Totals Predictions and Expert Picks
2017 Record: 11-5
2018 Carolina Panthers Las Vegas Season Win Total: 9.0*
2018 Carolina Panthers Season Win Total Picks NFL Football: 'Under'
Over the course of the last six years the Carolina Panthers have been totally consistent in the fact that they are totally erratic from year to year.
In 2012 the Panthers had their third straight losing season, going 7-9. They rebounded with a 12-4 season in 2013 - only to fall back below .500 (7-8-1), but still make the playoffs, in 2014. Carolina more than doubled their win total in 2015, going 15-1 and making it to the Super Bowl, only to flop back to a 6-10 mark in 2016. The Panthers didn't stay down long, though, working their way to an 11-5 record in 2017.
Down. Up. Down. Up. Down. Up.
So what do you think Carolina is going to do this year?
I don't think that Carolina will regress back to a losing record simply because that's the path they've been following for the past six years. I think that the Panthers are going to struggle because they have serious issues.
The first is that last year was a fluke. Carolina outscored its opponents by only 36 total points last year. That means they were closer to an 8- or 9-win team than they were an 11-win squad. The Panthers surpassed their Pythagorean Win Total by two full games, putting them in an areas that suggests a big-time regression.
Carolina was also a ridiculous 7-1 in games decided by seven points or less. I understand that pure Cover-2 teams like the Panthers are going to play more close games. But Carolina's luck late in games was ridiculous last year. And I don't expect that to carry over into this season.
They were also extremely lucky in regards to injuries, something that doesn't seem to be carrying over into this season. The Panthers have been decimated by injuries across their offensive line, in particular, and they have major problems there heading into the season. They have also been dealt some serious blows to their secondary and they could be forced to start two rookies in the defensive backfield to start the year.
And if the Panthers suffer any injury to either (or both) Luke Kuechly or Thomas Davis then the defense could fall apart in a hurry.
Carolina has also seen turnover in other areas, like along the defensive line and in the receiver room. Further, the Panthers have lost several key assistant coaches over the past two seasons. And as we've seen with teams like Seattle , that can take a toll. They have a completely new offense and it has been a while (2002 to be exact) since OC Norv Turner has had an offense in the Top 10 in scoring and yards.
The schedule is unforgiving as well. Atlanta and New Orleans are legit. And Tampa Bay is going to be tougher this season. The Panthers also have to play Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on the road this season, and they have a stretch of four road games in five weeks (and six in nine) after an early bye week.
I think Carolina is going to work its way around .500. But I think they will come up on the wrong side of it. I see the Panthers at 7-9 or even, if Cam Newton plays out of his mind, 8-8. But there is no way this team is going to win 10 games, so this wager is all upside. Play 'under'.
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