Written and authored by National Football Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Football Betting news and notes.
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The Best Sports Handicapper believes the 2017-18 Carolina Panthers are back in the mix after missing out on the postseason last year.
Carolina went 6-10 after their Super bowl appearance, and head coach Ron Rivera will have it no other way. Carolina will not play Seattle for the first time since the 2011 season.
Ageless veteran defensive end Julius Peppers returns to the franchise that drafted him, and he played for eight seasons in hopes to get back to the SuperBowl.
Owner Jerry Richardson is optimistic about the 2017-18 Carolina Panthers and believes his team can overtake Atlanta for division supremacy.
Carolina has plenty of talent on both sides of the Football, but they must rebound from a subpar 2016-17 campaign.
General Managers Dave Gettleman took two offensive game changers in the 2017 NFL draft with Christian McCaffrey from Stanford and Curtis Samuel a progressive slot back from Ohio State.
Rivera is preaching consistency in training camp from every phase including special teams.
Cam Newton will be under center after having rotator cuff surgery in the offseason. Offensive Coordinator Mike Shula has been the most influential part of Newton’s growth as an NFL quarterback.
Former Minnesota Vikings tackle Matt Kalil joins his brother Ryan on the offensive line.
Running Back Jonathan Stewart is the featured back, but McCaffrey and Samuel will also get plenty of touches.
Pass protection was a problem for Carolina last season, and the addition of Kalil should help in both the passing a running game.
Tight Ends Greg Olsen, and Ed Dickson forms the best duos at the position in the entire National Football League.
Speedster Ted Ginn is no longer a part of the group of receivers.
Kelvin Benjamin is the primary target in the passing game, the six foot five Florida State product missed the Superbowl season but was productive last year.
Devin Funchess and former Tampa Bay standout Russell Shepard will also get the football thrown their way.
The 2017 Carolina defense is led by coordinator Steve Wilks, but Rivera will give plenty of input. Rivera made his name as a defensive specialist in the coaching ranks, and he was not pleased with the performance in 2016-17.
Kony Ealy is now a member of the New England Patriots, and Paul Soliai is no longer in Charlotte, North Carolina.
However, Charles Johnson, Star Lotulelei, 2016 number one draft pick Vernon Butler, and Kawann Short should hold down the fort.
Don’t forget Julius Peppers can still produce like an elite pass rusher. Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson are one of the best tandems in the NFC at outside linebackers.
Luke Kuechly is a star in the middle, but concussions limited his play in 2016-17.
Former Clemson standout Ben Boulware could be the steal of the 2017 NFL draft. The Panthers secondary felt the loss of Josh Norman last season.
Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn returns to his roots after a short stint in Minnesota and the addition of Safety Mike Adams will help with leadership.
Kurt Coleman can play more freely as the NFL version of a center fielder.
Carolina must do better defending the pass, and they will regain supremacy in the NFC South Division.
Bovada.Lv lists the Carolina Panthers at +250 to win the 2017-18 NFC South Crown.
Free Betting Odds Prediction: The 2017-18 Carolina Panthers will go 10-6 and finish second in the NFC South, Division.
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