Panthers vs Rams matchup preview and current betting lines
The Carolina Panthers finally said ‘enough is enough’ and parted ways with Matt Rhule. He was on the third of his seven-year, $72 million contract and will get a big payday just to sit on his couch, which only speaks volumes as to how terrible his coaching was.
Rhule failed to establish his so-called defensive expertise on the team, and their offense was even worse. Of course, having P.J. Walker, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Baker Mayfield, and a washed Cam Newton as his QBs didn’t do much to help, either.
The Los Angeles Rams have looked far from the dominant team they were last season. The reigning Super Bowl champions can’t seem to get a stop to save their lives, and their offensive line has been nothing short of terrible.
Matthew Stafford looks closer to Jared Goff as the weeks go by, and Allen Robinson has failed to make an impact on his new team. It’s still early in the season, but the Rams could sound off the alarm if they don’t straighten the ship in Week Six.
Players to watch:
Christian McCaffrey: Christian McCaffrey is once again tangled up in trade rumors, with the Buffalo Bills reportedly reaching out to the Panthers for a trade. He’s the most dynamic back in the league when healthy and will be asked to carry a heavy load with P.J. Walker under center.
Matthew Stafford: Matthew Stafford’s health has been a reason for concern throughout the whole campaign. He’s missed a step and looks out of sync with all wideouts not named Cooper Kupp, and his O-Line hasn’t done him any favors, either.
Week 6 Predictions: NFL Bet of the week on Panthers vs Rams
The opening Panthers vs Rams spread have the home side favored by 11 points, and that’s more than understandable. For starters, they’re not going to have to use silent count at their home turf again, as Carolina Panthers fans won’t flood So-Fi Stadium as most rival teams do.
Moreover, this is the perfect setup for the Rams right now. A meeting at home with a struggling rival is just what the doctor ordered after last week’s embarrassing loss to the Dallas Cowboys, and they need to bounce back in a big way.
The Panthers don’t have a Head Coach and will have their third-string quarterback under center, albeit some may argue that Walker can’t be any worse than Baker Mayfield or Sam Darnold. Still, things don’t look promising at all right now.
Sean McVay has proven to be great at making adjustments, and his teams don’t usually lose back-to-back games. We like the Rams to be ruthless and make a statement by dominating these struggling Panthers by winning by at least three scores.
The opening Panthers vs Rams odds have this game sitting at just 40.5 points per game. That makes perfect sense because the Carolina Panthers offense has been terrible with their starting QB on the field, so what can we expect with a third-string QB?
Ironically, Walker might be better suited for this game. He can throw the ball downfield and actually make some plays with his feet. Moreover, the Rams won’t have that much film on him, and he might catch them off guard early in the game.
But more than that, this is a perfect setting for the Los Angeles Rams to finally wake up offensively. They oughta to be completely ruthless and use this game as a morale-boosting scrimmage, allowing Matthew Stafford to have fun out there and get his groove back.
Also, there’s just no way the Panthers can keep Cooper Kupp in check. He’s been an elite wideout again this season and could be in for another monster night as Stafford looks to feed him over and over, thus helping this game sit north of the projected total.