What to Know: Carolina looked like a lock to make the playoffs when they began the season 6-2. Then inexplicably the Panthers lost seven straight games to fall out of the picture. This year expect the team to be more like it was the first half of the season.
Best Players: Quarterback Cam Newton is the straw that stirs the Panthers drink. He can beat defenses with both his strong arm and his running ability. Running back Christian McCaffrey is also a dual threat as a runner and a receiver out of the backfield. Speedy wide receiver D.J. Moore could be a factor in what will be his second season.
How to Bet: Again, always check the lines, the Panthers could be a good bet early in the season if they are getting points. I expect this team to bounce back and be back in the postseason next year.