NFL gambling fans expect Carolina to again contend this year, however, as the Panthers offense is one of the best. Their defense is what hurt them against the NFL lines. As Carolina enters the NFL gambling preseason they will be looking to tune up the defense that was so dreadful in that 13-33 home playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
If Carolina can succeed in improving on defense they should again be profitable against the NFL lines. Carolina did not waste their opportunity for immediate help against the NFL gambling board on defense during the 2009 draft as their first three selections were defenders.
Florida State defensive end Everette Brown was their first selection, (in the second round). Safety Sherrod Martin was their 2nd pick of the 2nd round out of Troy. And Defensive lineman Corvey Irvin was a 3rd round pick out of Georgia. All should get plenty of snaps in the NFL gambling preseason.
The Panthers are set at quarterback with Jake Delhomme, an 11 year pro out of Louisiana Lafayette. He is backed up by Josh McCown, an 8 year pro out of Sam Houston State.
McCown was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2002 draft by the Arizona Cardinals and played there 4 seasons before bouncing to the Lions, Raiders and then the Panthers in 2008, where he failed to throw a single pass last year. He figures to more than make up for that lack of activity in the NFL gambling preseason.
Matt Moore will also see plenty of playing time in the NFL gambling exhibition slate. He is a 3 year pro out of Oregon State that had 3 NFL gambling starts in 2007.
Unlike regular position players, kickers get plenty of opportunity in the NFL gambling preseason and Carolina could offer an advantage there with John Kasay, who is one of the most accurate of all time. Kasay hit on 28 out of 31 field goals in 2008!
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