NFL Betting: Carolina Panthers to Win Super Bowl 50
The Carolina Panthers finished 15-1, so it would be easy to see them as your favorite to take home the Lombardi Trophy. It’s worth pointing out that even though the 1984 San Francisco 49ers and the 1985 Chicago Bears went 15-1 in the regular NFL betting season and won the Super Bowl those years, only one of the four teams that opened a regular season 14-0, like the Panthers did, went on to win the Super Bowl, and that was the legendary 1972 Miami Dolphins. Let’s take a look at why you should pick Carolina to advance to the title this year.
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They Haven’t Lost Focus. Really.
In Week 15, it’s true that the Panthers coughed up a 35-7 lead to the Giants and had to nail a field goal with no time remaining to escape with a 38-35 victory. After that game, Panthers coach Ron Rivera talked to his team about focus. The next week, the Panthers went to Atlanta and got knocked off by a Falcons team that, frankly, was better than people had thought and was finally having their stars firing on all cylinders once again. Remember — the end of the season is a tough time for everyone. Pittsburgh lost at lowly Baltimore in Week 16. Seattle got beaten by the dreadful Rams in Week 16. Even so, these teams are viewed as “hot” going into the postseason. The Panthers have not lost their focus.
They Have the MVP
Cam Newton has to be your MVP in the NFL this season. He has had a terrific year, both carrying and passing the ball. He has thrown for 3,837 yards and 35 scores, second in the NFL. He has a career low in interceptions with 10. He’s also run for 10 more scores and gained 636 yards on the ground — tops in the NFL this season. Given that one player can do so much, the Panthers will have all sorts of choices on offense in the playoffs.
Don’t Forget the Defense
It’s true that Cam Newton gets the vast majority of the press. However, the Panthers’ defense has been stellar this year too. Luke Kuechly has led the way, dominating from his linebacker position. Kurt Coleman and Josh Norman have wreaked havoc among opposing offenses all year. These wreckers are a key to the fact that the Panthers only permitted an average of 19.2 points per game (#6 in the NFL).
NFL Betting Prediction
It’s true that the Panthers have not had the toughest schedule this year. The NFC South has given them six games against the likes of the Saints, Falcons and Buccaneers. In the playoffs, they will have such juggernauts as the Vikings, Seahawks and Cardinals waiting for them, and each of those teams presents their own challenges. The Panthers have shown that they have the ability to meet just about every challenge that has come their way this season, which is why you should pick the Panthers when you lay down your bet for the champs of Super Bowl 50.