Carolina Panthers 2022 Season Predictions
Key Stat: Carolina Panthers went 5-12 in 2021 Season
- Panthers trade for Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield
- The quarterback competition between Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold will be important to watch
- Head Coach Matt Rhule will be on the hot seat for his job this year
To wrap up our NFC South preview, we will focus on the Carolina Panthers. The Over/Under for wins in 2022 is 6.5 for the Panthers. The NFC South isn’t the toughest division in football, but with Tampa getting Tom Brady back and New Orleans possibly being better, it could be tough for the Panthers to meet that 6.5 mark.
The biggest off-season headline for Carolina was the trade that landed them Baker Mayfield at quarterback. Mayfield wore out his welcome in Cleveland due to inconsistent play and will now battle Sam Darnold, who got traded last year to the Panthers due to inconsistent play with the Jets. So Carolina will be gambling on one of two very average and inconsistent quarterbacks to be their QB1 through the upcoming season. The Panthers also hope all the moves they made on the offensive line come to fruition, as last year’s O-line was one of the worst in football. Carolina picked up two veterans in Austin Corbett and Bradley Bozeman, then drafted Ikem Ekwonu as the no. 6 overall pick in the draft. The Panthers have one of the most dangerous playmakers in the entire league in Christian McCaffery. However, McCaffery can never stay on the field very long, as injuries have derailed an otherwise very promising career. Can McCaffery find a way to stay on the field the majority of the season? If so, he could drastically help whichever quarterback the Panthers call on.
As we see it, there are too many question marks in key positions for the Panthers to be a contending team in the NFC South. Carolina’s brutal first half of the schedule could send the season off the rails early. In weeks 4-9, they face the Cardinals, 49ers, Rams, Bucs, and Bengals, with the Falcons in week 8. We are taking the Under 6.5 wins for the 2022 season, as we are predicting a 5-12 campaign.
Key Stat: Panthers were the third worst offense in 2021
- Carolina averaged a mere 298 yards of offense last year
- The Panthers were fourth worst in scoring in 2021
- Carolina didn’t add any dynamic offensive weapons
The Panthers had one of the worst offenses in 2021. A bad offensive line combined with lousy quarterback play and their best offensive player missing most of the year was a recipe for disaster. For 2022, they tried to shore up the problems with the offensive line and brought in an over-matched starting quarterback in Baker Mayfield to compete with another over-matched quarterback in Sam Darnold. Their best offensive weapon is still the very talented yet very injury-prone Christian McCaffery. When you add in an unproven coach in Matt Rhule, you have the recipe for another bad offensive year.
There are probably less talented offenses in the NFL next year, but can Carolina depend on so many undependable players at key positions? We think our second futures bet for Carolina has great value in “the fewest points scored in 2022”. The Panthers are coming in as a +800 or 900 for this prop bet, and considering odds on other bets; we think this is a great pick.