Panthers vs. Raiders: Prediction, what could happen and best bets

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Teddy Bridgewater
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We took a look at what may happen, best bets, fantasy outlook, weather forecast, and predictions for the Carolina Panthers’ Week 1 contest against the Las Vegas Raiders.

The day we thought would never come has finally arrived. The Carolina Panthers are just a few short hours away from taking the field for the first time in 2020 when they welcome the Las Vegas Raiders to Bank of America Stadium.

It seems like an age since the Carolina Panthers ended a disappointing 2019 campaign with a 5-11 record. A lot has happened since then, with the organization bringing in their brand-new coaching staff and gutting their roster from top-to-bottom in pursuit of becoming a contender again sooner rather than later.

This has left expectations at an all-time low regarding this current group. New head coach Matt Rhule will be calling his first game at the next level and it remains to be seen whether he can buck the recent trend of college colleges who have failed to step up to the NFL.

The Panthers do possess some exciting weapons on offense, who will be led by free-agent signing Teddy Bridgewater after Carolina opted to part ways with the legendary Cam Newton in messy circumstances.

There appears plenty of uncertainty surrounding the Panthers’ defense and their ability to cope against some elite passing attacks on the schedule. They will need to hit the ground running and coming up against a team like the Raiders represents a good chance to get off on the right foot.

Let’s take a look at what might happen during the game, best bets, fantasy football outlook, weather conditions, and our final prediction for the outcome.