With NFL training camp getting underway this week, the 2021 NFL season is just around the corner. While there’s still more than a month to go until the season opener, it’s never too early to start making bets on the upcoming campaign. The Game Day is here to preview some of the best Carolina Panthers prop bets for 2021.
Panthers Prop Bets 2021: Best Carolina Odds + Betting Picks
Panthers Prop Bets 2021: Team Bet Picks
Carolina Panthers Under 8.5 Wins (-120)
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The Carolina Panthers finished at 5-11 on the season and worst of all, 2-6 on the road. This team lost Christian McCaffrey early in the season last year due to injury but have him back in 2021 in full health. Could McCaffrey add an additional win or two? Possibly, but there are other areas where the Panthers need to improve to get to that point.
In the NFC South, the New Orleans Saints won’t have Drew Brees under center and that could help the Panthers in their quest for an NFC South division win. However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons are also in the division and looking to make serious noise in the NFC.
The Panthers still project to be last in the division and will look to start Sam Darnold under center. Coaching was an issue for the Jets back when Darnold was under center in New York, but still, Darnold struggled to win games. The Jets defense might literally be better than the Panthers defense.
This team only scored 350 points last year and while they’ve got a new tandem in the backfield and a rookie wideout in Terrace Marshall Jr., the offense still looks about the same. Plus, with rumors swirling around that the Panthers are looking to trade for Deshaun Watson, you know Carolina isn’t satisfied with what they’ve got now.
Panthers Prop Bets 2021: Player Bet Picks
Sam Darnold Regular Season Passing Yards: Under 3950.5 (-115)
Darnold played three seasons in New York and only completed a maximum of 13 games per season. The question remains if he’s durable and I’m not so sure he is. He’s more injury-prone if anything.
This is a quarterback with a quarterback rating of 78.6 and a guy that has been sacked 98 times in 38 games. Things don’t sound any better when you know that the Panthers are looking to rebuild their offensive line. Carolina entered into the season with just one starter under contract from last year.
The one thing Darnold will have going for him is McCaffrey to pass the ball to. However, for Darnold to reach nearly 4,000 yards in a given season is going to be tricky. He has barely hit over 3,000 yards in a single season. He’s got a quality set of receivers and gets to team up with Robby Anderson again, but still, this is an “I’ll believe it when I see it" type wager.
Darnold will struggle to get near his total for yards.
Robby Anderson Regular Season Receptions: Over 81.5 (-120)
I like the chemistry here between Anderson and Darnold.
When Anderson was a wide receiver for the Jets, he wasn’t the focal point of their offense with Darnold under center. There really wasn’t any receiver that was the focal point of the offense. The offensive play calling was a disaster all while Anderson was becoming a star for the Jets.
Anderson had just 52 receptions for 779 yards in his final season for the Jets. He caught only 52 of 96 targets and averaged a career-high 15 yards per reception in 2019.
The Panthers saw the potential star in Anderson and took a chance on him to be one of their starting wide receivers. When Anderson became the focal point of the offense, he grabbed 95 receptions for 1,096 yards. He wasn’t just a long-ball threat. Instead, he was a threat overall.
His average per reception went from 15 yards to 11.5 yards, but Anderson was involved in the offense so much more that he had 136 targets and caught 95 passes. In Joe Brady’s offensive system, Anderson has thrived and could potentially breakout for an even bigger season this year.
He’s not really a touchdown threat so instead, the Panthers are looking to get the speedster in space with the ball. They don’t mind short and quick passes to Anderson in comparison to the long ball gamble.
With Darnold already having a solid relationship with Anderson before training camp, I like Anderson’s chances of receiving 100 passes this year.