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Believe it or not heading into last season the Panthers had the worst odds of any team to win the NFC South division. Seriously, they had worse odds than Tampa Bay.

What happened? Cam Newton and a stingy defense led the Panthers to a 12-4 record and a division title. Can the Panthers work around a questionable offensive line and a completely rebuilt receiving corps to become the first team in NFL history to repeat as NFC South champs?

Carolina Panthers Odds to Win NFC South: +450 at Bovada
Carolina Panthers Odds to Win Super Bowl: 40/1 at Bovada
Carolina Panthers Regular Season Win Total: 8.5 at Bovada
Carolina Panthers Betting Props: Cam Newton to Win NFL MVP 33/1 at Bovada

Cam Newton has been proving the doubters wrong since he was drafted and he made a lot of them eat their words last season by leading Carolina to the postseason. The duel threat passed for 3379 yards and 24 touchdowns last season while also scampering for 585 yards and six more scores. Newton’s toughest challenge this season may be adjusting to a whole new group of receivers.

Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn are all gone. Making matters worse Carolina didn’t replace them with major upgrades either, as they only nabbed veterans Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant. Who the No. 1 receiver will be is anyone’s guess, but Newton’s top target may once again be tight end Greg Olsen.

The song remains the same for the Panthers’ running game with DeAngleo Williams and Jonathan Stewart sharing the job. Both could be in for a tough season after a near complete overhaul of the offensive line due to retirements and free agents walking.

At least one place the Panthers won’t have a myriad of questions this season is on defense. The Caroline defense was a force last season, ranking second overall, second in points allowed and second against the run. They also led the league in sacks with 60. The sacks should continue to come in bunches with Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson leading the way. Luke Kuechly won the first of what could be many Defensive Player of the Year awards and in tandem with Thomas Davis makes one of the most lethal linebacker duos in the league.

The Panthers' stout defense made them UNDER kings for bettors last season with a 5-12 OVER/UNDER record. They were also a worthwhile bet at 9-7-1 ATS and 6-2-1 ATS at home.

NFC South Odds at Bovada as of August 5
New Orleans Saints -150
Atlanta Falcons +450
Carolina Panthers +450
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +550

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The Carolina Panthers ended last season on a high note, going 4-0 SU and ATS over their last four games to finish 7-9 SU and 9-7 ATS on the season. Can Cam Newton and the Panthers carry the momentum of that strong finish into a successful campaign in 2013?

Odds to Win NFC South: +550 at Bovada
Regular Season Win Total: 7 at Bovada
Betting Props: Cam Newton to win NFL MVP (33/1) at Bovada

A 1-6 SU and 3-4 ATS start doomed the Carolina Panthers from competing for a playoff spot right out of the gate last season. But the Panthers finished the regular season strong, going 6-3 SU and ATS over their last nine games including a 4-0 SU and ATS stretch to end the season. Carolina was 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS in games against division rivals Atlanta and New Orleans last season.

The offense revolves completely around Cam Newton, who was not only the team’s leading passer with 3,869 yards and 19 touchdowns, but the team’s leading rusher as well with 741 yards and eight touchdowns. Newton’s physical ability is unparallelled, but his maturity and leadership have been called into question. How he performs in his third season this year will show fans and bettors a lot about his development (or lack thereof) in that department.

Carolina was solid on defense last year, finishing 10th in total yards against with 5,329 yards and slightly above league average against both the pass and the run. Linebacker Luke Kuechly was a breakout star and the defensive rookie of the year last season. Playing in the same division as offensive juggernauts Atlanta and New Orleans, Carolina chose to focus on defense in the draft, using its first two picks on defensive tackles to help bolster the pass rush.

NFL defenses are still trying to catch up when it comes to defending elite dual-threat quarterbacks like Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick, and Cam Newton. Newton has the natural ability to lead this team to a playoff spot. But to do so, he’ll need to do less whining and more winning on the field.

NFC South Odds at Bovada as of August 3

Atlanta Falcons +130
New Orleans Saints +150
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +500
Carolina Panthers +550

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