The Carolina Panthers host Baker Mayfield's former team in the Cleveland Browns, as Matt Rhule enters a pivotal year in his coaching tenure in Carolina. The Browns of course have high expectations, but only with Deshaun Watson on the field, which as of right now is still a big question mark. Take a look at the live odds above for the September 11th season opener.
Deshaun Watson's status with the Browns puts everything on hold here. If he were to play (which seems highly unlikely with his off-the-field situation), you'd for sure want to lean Cleveland. If he's out, you could take the "revenge game" factor in here for Mayfield and the Panthers.
A healthy Mayfield gives Carolina the advantage over Jacoby Brissett, but keep in mind, the Panthers were dead-last in the NFL in 2021 against the spread, covering just 29% of the time.
For now, the "wait for Watson" factor makes this game worth sitting on for the time being.