The Carolina Panthers have come a long way since their 1-3 start, thanks largely in part to the steady evolution of quarterback Cam Newton. Now taking a four-game win streak into a Week 10 tilt with the San Francisco 49ers, they’ll look to cover a 6-point NFL spread.
Underdog in the sportsbook or not, the Panthers looked strong in October, tactfully dismantling any of the challengers that crossed their path. Can it continue on the road against the Niners?
It may be a while before they convince the NFL betting community to cast them as favorites against an NFC powerhouse like San Francisco, but they’ll settle for their 28/1 odds of winning Super Bowl XLVIII that they’ve been given on the football futures.
With a dual threat like Newton running the show – with seven passing touchdowns and three running touchdowns in the last four games alone – the sky is the limit. The question is, can Carolina’s defense respond against the No. 1 rushing team in the NFL?