5 bold predictions following Panthers trade for Baker Mayfield

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Baker Mayfield takes Carolina Panthers to the playoffs as a wild card team

The Carolina Panthers have missed out on the playoffs the previous four seasons with a combined record of 22-43.

With the defense making strides, offensive weapons in place, Christian McCaffrey healthy, and an improved offensive line, Baker Mayfield could be the missing piece to propel the team back into the postseason via a wild card berth.

The Panthers have the 12th toughest strength of schedule. But some winning teams from last season may overlook Carolina and suspect the same lackluster play that we’ve seen previously under Matt Rhule since his appointment.

With a renewed focus from the coaching staff fighting for their jobs, player development, and Mayfield out to prove he is still worthy of being a starting quarterback, the team could be capable of 9-10 wins.

This should be just enough to grasp a wild card spot and reinvigorate the fanbase. Years of built-up frustration will be released when the knockout stages begin, even if the game might not be at Bank of America Stadium, it won’t matter to the loyal supporters who’ve been starved of success for so long.