26. Carolina Panthers (+5)
Brian Burns is clicking, Derrick Brown is clicking, Teddy Bridgewater isn’t losing games for this team…alright Panthers I’ll bite.
I have been low on this team for a while and I got even lower after the CMC injury, but today I saw a fun team that doesn’t really have a huge identity on offense but whose defense is starting to show some return on investment on those draft picks spent over the last two years.
I still don’t think they are going to be great, but the Panthers absolutely have the chance to be fun and I could see Bridgewater winning this staff over if it looks like they can win “with him” even though they might not win “because of him” every game.
25. Miami Dolphins (+1)
I can’t wait to see Tua Tagovailoa out on the field, but the Miami Dolphins don’t seem to be in a rush to get him out there which I understand. The Dolphins completely dismantled the Jaguars on Thursday Night Football and ended the momentum of a team that really looked like they were starting to feel themselves.
Great defense with aggressive playcalling really suits that unit and they did it despite missing their highest-paid defensive player in Byron Jones. Sure, the Dolphins still need weapons on offense, but the bones of a really good team are there if Tua can come in and be what he is supposed to be.