The pressure is on for Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule. After the team opened last season 3-0, it looked as if they might exceed expectations and challenge for a playoff spot. That strong start would prove to be the highlight of the year, however. Carolina won just two games the rest of the way to finish up at 5-12.
Sportsbooks are tempering expectations for this season. Carolina is toward the back of the pack in Super Bowl odds as well as in the NFC South. The Panthers open the season at home in Week 1 on Sunday, Sept. 11, with a visit from the Cleveland Browns. Here’s a closer look at the latest Panthers odds and angles.
Carolina Panthers odds: Spread, moneyline and over/under
Week 1 odds: Linemakers await Watson status for Panthers vs. Browns
Odds have been released for 15 of the 16 Week 1 games at online sportsbooks, with the lone exception being this game. Oddsmakers are still waiting for clarity on the status of Browns QB Deshaun Watson before setting the line.
Looking back to last year, Cleveland was in the playoff hunt, but disappointed down the stretch to wrap up the season at 8-9. Carolina showed a little promise in the early going, but ultimately slogged its way to a 5-12 campaign.
- Moneyline: While there’s no line on the game just yet, the Super Bowl futures market can provide us with some clues on how sportsbooks will perceive the matchup. The Browns are one of the top 10 teams in the latest odds at DraftKings, while the Panthers are 24th.
- Spread: No spread has been set for the game yet. Watson’s status will weigh heavily on the number.
- Over/Under: On the scoring front, both clubs were in the bottom half of the league on a points per game basis last year. The Browns averaged 20.5 points per game, while the Panthers generated 17.9 per contest.
Carolina Panthers odds to win the Super Bowl
Last Updated: June 30
When DraftKings first released odds for the winner of the next Super Bowl this past January, the Panthers were at +8000. The team’s odds have since dropped to +13000, which leaves them toward the bottom of the board.
If the current odds hold true, then the Panthers will likely be on the outside looking in at the NFL playoff chase. The current consensus favorites to win Super Bowl 57 are the Buffalo Bills and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Carolina Panthers futures odds for 2022-23
While winning the Super Bowl appears to be out of reach for the Panthers, you can still explore the team’s NFL lines in other futures markets. Here’s a look at some of the other options and the current odds for Carolina.
Regular season win total
The Panthers won just five games a season ago. The bar here anticipates some slight improvement for Matt Rhule’s third year as head coach. Carolina opens the season at home against the Cleveland Browns.
Odds to win the NFC South
BetMGM Sportsbook: +1200
Futures odds are pointing to a third-place finish for the Panthers. The Buccaneers are heavy favorites to win the division at -300, and then the New Orleans Saints at +375. The Atlanta Falcons are pegged for last place with odds of +1600.
Odds to win the NFC
Caesars Sportsbook: +5000
The Panthers are in the bottom tier of teams to win the NFC at Caesars. There are 12 clubs with lower odds to win, headlined by the Buccaneers at +350, the Green Bay Packers at +475 and the Los Angeles Rams at +500.
Christian McCaffrey NFL MVP odds
FanDuel Sportsbook: +15000
Over the past two seasons, McCaffrey has played a grand total of 10 regular season games. Injury concerns aside, it’s tough to see the offense being productive enough for him to return to the level he was at in 2018 and 2019.
Season-long player prop odds
- Most passing yards: Sam Darnold +10000
- Most rushing yards: Christian McCaffrey +2800
- Most receiving yards: DJ Moore +2500
Darnold isn’t a lock to be behind center in Carolina all season, while McCaffrey is returning from injury. Moore is actually tied for the 14th spot on the odds board, but it’s tough to have confidence in him as a pick due to the uncertainty at QB.
Carolina Panthers schedule
|1||Sept. 11||vs. Cleveland Browns||1 p.m. ET||CLE -4||Browns (-190), Panthers (+160)||42.5 pts|
|2||Sept. 18||at New York Giants||1 p.m. ET|
|3||Sept. 25||vs. New Orleans Saints||1 p.m. ET|
|4||Oct. 2||vs. Arizona Cardinals||4:05 p.m. ET|
|5||Oct. 9||vs. San Francisco 49ers||4:05 p.m. ET|
|6||Oct. 16||at Los Angeles Rams||4:05 p.m. ET|
|7||Oct. 23||vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1 p.m. ET|
|8||Oct. 30||at Atlanta Falcons||1 p.m. ET|
|9||Nov. 6||at Cincinnati Bengals||1 p.m. ET|
|10||Nov. 10||vs. Atlanta Falcons||8:15 p.m. ET|
|11||Nov. 20||at Baltimore Ravens||1 p.m. ET|
|12||Nov. 27||vs. Denver Broncos||1 p.m. ET|
|14||Dec. 11||at Seattle Seahawks||4:25 p.m. ET|
|15||Dec. 18||vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||1 p.m. ET|
|16||Dec. 25||vs. Detroit Lions||1 p.m. ET|
|17||Jan. 1||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1 p.m. ET|
|18||Jan. 7 OR Jan. 8||at New Orleans Saints||TBD|
Carolina Panthers news and notes
Pass rusher Haason Reddick was among the departures in free agency, but the Panthers were able to re-sign Marquis Haynes Sr. to help cushion the blow. The club bolstered the secondary with the signing of Xavier Woods, and took steps toward improving the offensive line with the addition of Austin Corbett.
As the owners of the sixth pick at the NFL draft, the Panthers went the safe route with the selection of OT Ikem Ekwonu. In round three, the club picked QB Matt Corral. All told, Carolina made some improvements in a few areas, but not enough to change the expectations for 2022.
Carolina Panthers FAQ
What’s the outlook for the Panthers this season?
Sportsbooks don’t expect the Panthers to compete for a playoff spot this season. Current futures odds have the team third in the NFC South and well behind the pack for Super Bowl and conference odds.
How did the Panthers do against the spread last season?
The Panthers were 5-12 against the spread in 2021. The club had the same record on the moneyline, and trended toward the middle on the over/under at 8-9.
Whom did the Panthers add and lose in the offseason?
The Panthers lost pass rusher Haason Reddick, who moved to the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency. At the NFL draft, the team selected Ikem Ekwonu in the first round and Matt Corral in round three.
Who is the Week 1 starting QB for the Panthers?
Sam Darnold appears likely to start for the Panthers in Week 1. The situation is fluid as Carolina is a potential destination for Baker Mayfield. Carolina also selected Matt Corral in round three of this year’s NFL draft.