Baltimore opened as a -3 (110) total 34 (110) at SBG Global Sportsbook.
The Carolina Panthers are just two seasons removed from being the top seed in the NFC but have not been the same team since their stunning upset loss in the 2008 playoffs to the Arizona Cardinals. Much has changed for the Panthers since that time starting with the departure of quarterback Jake Delhomme. Carolina is now the third youngest team in the NFL. The Panthers limped to an 8-8 record but had to struggle to get there as they fell flat on their faces out of the gate as Delhomme imploded and eventually lost the starting QB job.
“This is a young man’s game,” said Carolina coach John Fox, who enters the 2010 on the hot seat. “There’s transition, there’s change every season. With both free agency and the draft, there’s going to be change. We kind of just hit it that way this year.”
Carolina let 9 starters go in the off season, 8 of them 30-years of age or older. Only San Diego and Green Bay have younger rosters on this coming NFL Betting season.
Matt Moore enters camp as the starting quarterback with backups Hunter Cantwell, Jimmy Clausen, and Tony Pike expected to get snaps against the Ravens.
The Baltimore Ravens are being touted as Super Bowl material and have been one of the most popular choices with handicappers making futures bets. Baltimore has the look of a complete team with a solid running game, dominating defense, and good coaching. The key this year will be third year quarterback Joe Flacco, who took a step back after a phenomenal 2008 rookie campaign. Baltimore had an impressive playoff win at New England last year but was eliminated the following week by AFC champion Indianapolis.
Sports betting new reports that Flacco will be backed up by veteran Marc Bulger, who should see plenty of preseason action as he learns the Baltimore system. There has been some concern that the arrival of Bulger will cause tension with the Ravens quarterbacks.
“Hopefully, we just all get along well,” said Flacco, who should see limited action against Carolina. “When you have a little bit of tension in the room, it doesn’t lend to playing well. Yeah, he might bring a thing here or there that helps me out. We’ll see.”
The arrival of Bulger puts pressure on backups Troy Smith and John Beck as Baltimore will likely have to cut one of them after preseason.