Online NFL Betting Battle of the South: Jags vs. PanthersPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
The Carolina Panthers have a ways to go to earn the respect of the online NFL betting community. The Panthers went from having one of the most explosive, dynamic, and dangerous offenses in the league, to dead last in the NFC South. Entering Cam Newton’s 5th year in the league, the Panthers have to know they only have a few years left before the wear and tear that Newton’s play-style delivers will make his versatility much more limited.
The Panthers will get an opportunity to prove to their fanbase that they have the makings to take back the South from the Atlanta Falcons this upcoming Thursday, when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3 of the league’s preseason action. Let’s take a gander at what NFL sportsbooks have to say about this matchup.
Carolina Panthers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – Thursday, August 24th
When: 7:30 pm ET
Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NFL.com, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
Carolina Panthers TBP
Jacksonville Jaguars TBP
The Panthers turned in a 6-10 record in 2016, following up a 1st place finish in the division with a 4th place ranking. A big part of the Panthers’ failures can be attributed to their front office. Before the 2016 season began, Carolina had the opportunity to sign key free agents that were the backbone of the secondary. The Panthers failed to do so, leaving their defense gutted and wide open.
This had a domino effect across the whole team, most notably on quarterback Cam Newton. Newton’s production took a severe dip, going form a 35 touchdown season to a 19 touchdown, 14 interception one. On top of that, Newton posted a career worst 75.8 passer rating. All this is what forced Carolina to go from 15-1 and to under .500.
Carolina brought in a total of 7 players in during free agency, including former Packer Julius Peppers who is making his return to the organization. In the draft, the Panthers picked running back Christian McCaffrey out of Stanford 8th overall. McCaffrey is a great addition that should help take the load off of Newton’s back. Nevertheless, NFL betting sites aren’t giving the Panthers much of a shot in the South this season.
The Jaguars delivered another sub-.500 season in 2016, going 3-13 and missing out on the playoffs for the 9th straight season. The Jags’ were so disappointed in the team’s performance that the organization decided to part ways with Gus Bradley. Doug Marrone enters the 2017 season as Jacksonville’s head coach
To help turn things around, Jacksonville brought in a total of 9 veterans this past offseason. Of those 9, not too many jump off the page at you. However, Jacksonville’s pick in the first round of the draft does.
Jacksonville decided to draft Leonard Fournette with the 4th overall pick of the draft. Fournette was one of the top running backs in this draft class and he should make a sizable online NFL betting impact out of the gate.