The Over/Under Game: Points Scored

Kevin C. Cox

Hat tip to CSR member Truethought for getting this great idea for a series post going. In this second post we will predict the over or under on Panthers points scored in 2014.

You can check out his initial fanpost on Interceptions here and weigh in.

In 2013 the Panthers scored 366 points (18th in NFL), which was an improvement from 2012 (357) but pretty far off from the team record set in 1999 of 421. So there is room for improvement in 2014 but will the Panthers have the fire power to improve? My initial thought is for an improvement to happen then it means the Panther offense will need improvement from the returning players as the Panthers added very little to the offense, on paper any way.

We have already discussed in detail that statistically speaking the trio of Jason Avant, Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood bring as much to the offense as the three WRs they are replacing. I'm referring to Smith, Ginn and LaFell. That leaves the impact of rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin as an unknown. He's being touted as a red zone threat and that doesn't seem to be a stretch given his size. Will he help the Panthers put more points on the board.

The big two unknowns is the offense line and the play calling. Though the Panthers are rolling the dice at both tackle spots one key will be staying healthy. Even if the tackles struggle I think they will gel over time.

Then there is the play calling of Mike Shula. The emergence of Riverboat Ron was a factor in scoring TDs instead of FGs many time sin 2013. Will that trend continue? I could go on and on with this but I'll just stop here.

So are you taking the over or the under?

Over/Under Panther Points scored: 366.5

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