Browns vs. Panthers: NFL Week 1 First Look & Lean

Baker Mayfield and Carolina host his former team Week 1

Browns vs. Panthers Week 1 Odds

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.

Browns vs. Panthers Week 1 Lean: Wait

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.