NFL 2016 Season Preview: Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals Among Super Bowl 51 Favorites

NFL 2016 Season Preview: Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals Among Super Bowl 51 Favorites
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The Carolina Panthers achieved a lot last NFL season and their momentum should carry on. The team did fall to the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl 50, but the fortunes of both teams have changed since.


Come the 51st season, it doesn’t come as a surprise why the Panthers are considered favorites. They still have last season’s Most Valuable Player in Cameron Newton, who is expected to enter the new NFL season with a more mature approach.

The 27-year-old Newton had a fantastic season and such even came to a point of comparing him with NBA star LeBron James according to Sports Illustrated. While their sports differed, the fact that Newton is 6-foot-5 and possesses uncanny speed makes him a special player. Lebron James can attest to that.

The Best NFL Player To date

Newton was shackled at Super Bowl 50 but the experience is what counts. He has likely learned from that unfortunate loss and that alone should send warnings to other teams next season. So is it any wonder why he is now being considered the league’s top player according to a report from the Charlotte Observer?

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Failures can define a player and from all indications, Newton should easily get up from the Super Bowl 50 setback and repeat the same marvelous performance that allowed the Panthers to win the NFC South Champions.

The team will enter the next NFL season minus Josh Norman, but the Panthers are hoping for a successor from among James Bradberry, Daryl Worley and Zack Sanchez. Carolina’s defense needs addressing and such is something that coach Ron Rivera has been working on in the offseason.

Will Carolina Get Back at Denver?

Newton and the Panthers will want to get another crack at the Denver Broncos though the team seems to be in limbo at this point. Peyton Manning retired and the team has yet to settle with Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller according to CBS.

Don’t forget the Cardinals

The Carolina Panthers are not the only favorites for NFL season 51. The Arizona Cardinals could make a serious run themselves with a lot hinging on Carson Palmer. It should be noted that the Cardinals lost to the Panthers in the NFC title game according to Sporting News.

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