The draft is over and before we understand it the NFL season will probably be here. What’s in store for the Carolina Panthers?
This offseason they were rumored to be considering Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, but nothing became of the talk. Those rumors were put to rest partially by the team chosen quarterback Matt Corral out of Ole Miss with the No. 94 overall pick.
Carolina went 5-12 last season and finished last within the NFC South. Can they improve on that? Getting Christian McCaffrey back from injury after he missed greater than half of the 2021 season should help.
Let’s take a have a look at the Panthers’ opponents for this season and the way the teams will match up.
Latest Orleans Saints: The Panthers and Saints went 1-1 against one another last season. This yr the Saints have a solid defense and quarterback Jameis Winston must have an honest yr. The Saints finished second within the NFC South last season with a 9-8 record.
Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons traded away quarterback Matt Ryan and can now go along with Marcus Mariota and/or Desmond Ridder. The team added USC wide receiver Drake London with the No. 8 overall pick within the draft and he’ll join star Kyle Pitts on the offense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs did have a quarterback query after Tom Brady announced he was leaving football, but that didn’t last long, and after fewer than 50 days he decided to return. Head coach Bruce Arians did retire from his position, and that stuck, leaving Todd Bowles because the HC.
Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray’s ability to bring postseason success to the team remains to be an unknown. He has shown moments of stardom, however the last look we got of him was against the Los Angeles Rams within the playoffs, where he had two interceptions and no touchdowns. Last season, the Panthers beat the Cardinals 34-10.
Cleveland Browns: The Browns now have Deshaun Watson, who was accused of sexual misconduct but is not going to face criminal charges for the accusations. The team still employs Baker Mayfield, for now, despite rumors he could be traded.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger retired, however the team can have found its next long run quarterback in Pitt’s Kenny Pickett, who they drafted in the primary round. Pickett’s hand size and use of gloves have caused fans and other NFL players to query whether he’s the actual deal, but head coach Mike Tomlin has faith within the rookie.
San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers are one other team that appears to be moving on from their recent starting quarterback, because it appears they’re going from Jimmy Garoppolo to Trey Lance. Not way back the team was within the Super Bowl, but injuries piled up within the two seasons since.
Denver Broncos: The Broncos may very well be a team to fret about this season, with Russell Wilson because the squad’s latest quarterback, suddenly putting them in serious Super Bowl contention. CBS Sports had their best pick as fourth-round defensive tackle Eyioma Uwazurike.
Detroit Lions: The Lions struggled last season. Stop me when you’ve heard that before. Detroit went 3-13-1, last within the NFC North and one in all the worst records within the league. But things may very well be turning around after a powerful draft that included first-round edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson and receiver Jameson Williams.
Seattle Seahawks: Pete Carroll says the Seahawks usually are not prone to trade fora quarterback following Russell Wilson’s exit. Carroll has high praise for Drew Lock, who’s looking like their guy, a minimum of for now. The Seahawks finished last within the division last yr.
Los Angeles Rams: The defending Super Bowl champions are once more a significant threat within the NFC. It’s difficult to repeat within the NFL, but I see this team making an actual run for it. Their division isn’t as strong because it has been prior to now, as a consequence of changes at QB in Seattle and San Francisco.
Baltimore Ravens: This team needs to remain healthy, which they didn’t do last season, but in the event that they can, Lamar Jackson can again prove why he’s a top quarterback within the league. Last season the team went 8-9 and were last within the division, but I do not see that occuring again after a powerful draft and a healthier roster.
Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals reaching the Super Bowl was surprising, and I do not see it as a one-time thing. Joe Burrow is the actual deal they usually have the pieces around him to make a playoff run again. The team lost to the Rams within the Super Bowl, however the playoff and championship experience will probably be precious going forward.
Latest York Giants: The Giants struggled last season, going 4-13 and landing last within the NFC East, a division that’s lower than impressive. The Giants have a latest head coach in Brian Daboll. Last season, the Panthers beat the Giants 25-3.
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