NFL Super Bowl Odds: What the Cam Newton Signing Means For Carolina

What does the Cam Newton signing mean for the Carolina Panthers and their odds for the Super Bowl and the NFC South?
Matt O'Leary |
Fri, November 12, 4:09 PM EST | 4 min read
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NFL Super Bowl Odds: What the Cam Newton Signing Means For Carolina

Yesterday was a hectic day in the NFL world. You had the Odell Beckham Jr. drama and then earlier in the day, you had Cam Newton meeting with and signing with his former team. Newton signed a deal worth up to $10 million including $4.5 million in guaranteed money and a $1.5 million roster bonus. That’s a lot of money for someone who was just out of the league.

Anyway, the Panthers were in a dire situation with Sam Darnold out for the next four to six weeks with a shoulder injury. PJ Walker is the starter in the meantime, he threw just one touchdown and five picks on 56 attempts last season.

Cam Newton makes sense for a team in a position like this. For context, last year Newton threw for eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 15 starts in New England. He averaged just 177.1 yards per game and had an 82.9 rating.

But for Carolina, this is a trip down memory lane. He was the first overall pick by them in 2011 and won an MVP in 2015. The 15-1 MVP season that landed the Panthers in a Super Bowl was one of the best played seasons at the quarterback position that we’ve seen. He combined for 45 touchdowns through the air and on the ground.

It’ll be interesting to see how he’s utilized by Joe Brady in the offense and how similar things will be when he was in Carolina just two years ago. Now, as far as it goes with the Super Bowl odds, it’s not great.

The Panthers are still towards the bottom at +55000 to take home the Lombardy Trophy. As for the Division odds, well those aren’t too great either. The Panthers are at +8000 to win the NFC South.

After a 3-0 start, Carolina has lost five or six and sits at just 4-5 on the season. With games left against Arizona, Buffalo, Tampa Bay twice, and New Orleans again it’s a tough ask to see this team finish over .500.

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