Excitement is building for the Carolina Panthers as they gear up for a stern test at the Indianapolis Colts in preseason Week 1.
The Carolina Panthers take on the Indianapolis Colts in their first preseason game ahead of the 2021 season this weekend. Head coach Matt Rhule will be looking for a strong start from his young roster, with two joint practices also held with Frank Reich’s team at Grand Park before the clash.
This is the first time the Panthers have seen any meaningful action since their Week 17 loss against the New Orleans Saints. Teddy Bridgewater’s final game in Carolina before he was traded to the Denver Broncos for a sixth-round pick.
Sam Darnold is the new man under center. But just how he’s going to perform will have huge ramifications both for the Panthers and the player’s ambitions of becoming a productive starter.
The Colts earned a playoff spot in 2020 and boasts high hopes of similar fortunes this time around. Carson Wentz could be ready for the season opener along with All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson, with Indy’s defense also set to make some significant strides if everything clicks into place.
It will be a good measuring stick for Carolina’s new-look outfit. One that will tell Rhule and his staff plenty about what more might be needed to become playoff challengers themselves.
Carolina Panthers at Colts odds for preseason Week 1:
Heading into Sunday’s clash, the Colts are slightly favored at Lucas Oil Stadium by one point according to the latest odds from WynnBET.
Anyone wanting to bet on Carolina getting their warmup fixtures off on the right foot can do so at +100 (bet $100 to win $100) on WynnBET’s money line, with Indianapolis standing at -120 (bet $120 to win $100).
WynnBET has the over-under for Sunday’s game at 34.5 points at -110 (bet $110 to win $100). This is in keeping with the normally low-scoring affairs that emerge from the opening weekend of preseason action.
The Panthers’ over-under for scoring on the afternoon stands at 16.5. WynnBET currently has the over as a slight favorite at -120, with the under coming in at -110 currently.
As for the Colts, their over-under is set presently at 17.5. WynnBET is favoring the over slightly at -120 but not by much as the under sits at -110.
Carolina Panthers at Colts viewing and streaming information
Sunday’s game – which is set for a 1 PM EST kick-off, will be shown line on the Panthers TV Network.
For anybody looking for a stream instead, FuboTV is a worthwhile option and they are currently offering a seven-day free trial for new users.