Originally posted on Obsessed With Sports  |  Last updated 8/23/12

Every season RDM obsesses on the NFL team win total over/unders. It’s one of the more fun bets in all of sports. A single well-placed bet turns an otherwise random team into a must see weekly event. Today we look at the 2012 Carolina Panthers.

The number: 7.5

The thought process for Vegas’ 7.5 number is quite clear. It’s two-fold. First, the Panthers were a 6-win team last season. With a young QB, they should progress forward. Additionally, the number has been moved up to 7.5 because Cam Newton is a hot name.

The Panthers were pegged by Vegas at 4.5 wins in 2011. That was the lowest win total number last season. Newton blew by that number relatively significantly while winning 4 of their last 6 games.

So, is this a .500 team?

In essence, that’s what we are getting at here. 8 Wins.

Newton is clearly a winner. Whether it was division III, the SEC, and even thus far in the NFL, the guy wins. So of course I’m going to bet against him now.

The pick: under 7.5 wins
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