Who’s A Better QB; Rivers or Newton?

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Panthers vs Chargers match - Rivers vs Cam Newton

The Carolina Panthers went from being online football betting favorites to being the worst team in the NFC South – the same division that houses the 5-7 New Orleans Saints. Even though the majority of NFL sportsbooks predicted success for Carolina, the Panthers have proven any preexisting notions about them completely wrong by delivering one of the worst blunders we’ve seen in recent years. At the start of the season we all thought that Cam Newton was an MVP-caliper player (mostly because he is the reigning MVP), we all thought that the Panther’s had a good running game, and we also thought that the Panthers secondary was good enough to compete in the Super Bowl or at least good enough to get Carolina to the playoffs, but none of those things have proved true. The Panthers are currently 4-8 and are dangerously close to delivering a losing season in 2016. With 4 games left in the season, can the Panthers turn it around?

The best Carolina can do is finish 8-8 but that would require them to put on a 4-game winning streak. But first the Panthers would have to overcome the San Diego Chargers in Week 14. Let’s see what kind of odds the Panthers face in this matchup by checking the NFL spread betting lines.

NFL Odds – Week 14 – Sunday, December 11th 

Carolina Panthers -1 (-110) 48 (-110)
San Diego Chargers +1 (-110) 48 (-110)

Judging by the 1-point favorite on the spread line, the online football betting odds are predicting that this game will be a tossup. Both of these teams are last in their respective divisions, but the Chargers will be coming in with a slightly better record at 5-7. Neither team has legitimate playoff hopes so this contest will be more about respect than anything else. But since both teams have been less than stellar, do either the Chargers or the Panthers have an advantage over the other?

Since the Panthers are the ashamed owners of the league’s 30th worst pass defense, Philip Rivers should have no problem leading the Chargers to an online football betting upset victory. Rivers has a 93.0 passer rating for the season after throwing for 3,353 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 14 picks, and thanks to his efforts San Diego will be coming into this contest with the NFL’s 6th best passing offense. Rivers has always put up good numbers throughout his career. Unfortunately the Chargers’ management has failed to surround him with enough talent to make a Super Bowl run. Newton will be heading into this game with an 80.6 passer rating, 14 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.

Interestingly enough Newton was benched for the first series of the Panthers’ last game due to violating Carolina’s dress code.