The Carolina Panthers are favored by nearly a touchdown heading into Super Bowl 50. That’s an enormous number to lay, but Frank Garcia would still take Carolina over Denver.
In fact, he would take Carolina in a heartbeat.
“I believe that the Carolina Panthers have the opportunity to blow these guys out,” the former Panther and current WFNZ radio host said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Now there’s always that slight chance that (the Denver) defense might impact the Carolina Panthers, but they’ve been the underdogs when it comes to the perception of this offense really taking that next step. The defense is getting left out, but Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and this defense can really change the game.”
Carolina has throttled each of its last three opponents and scored a defensive touchdown in both playoff games.
“When that happens, the door gets blown open, and this team just feeds off of it,” Garcia said. “I predict a high-scoring game, I really do. I think it’s going to be in the 50s. I think the Panthers are going to win this game 34-17, 34-21 – something like that.”
While many people focus on Cam Newton and the Carolina defense, the Panthers possess an unheralded yet effective group of wide receivers. Scott Ferrall has found a few intriguing prop bets involving Ted Ginn Jr: over/under 43.5 receiving yards and over/under a punt return of 10 yards.
“When you’re looking at a guy like Ted Ginn, he could have that one play,” Garcia said. “So how do you not take argy that has the ability to bust a play single-handedly and take it the distance?”
Former Panther Muhsin Muhammad holds the record for the longest touchdown reception in Super Bowl history, recording an 85-yard score in a 32-29 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXVIII.
“That’s at risk of being broken because you have a guy that has the explosive ability of Ted Ginn,” Garcia said. “Whether it’s in the punt return game or a little quick slant, he might take it the distance. He has the ability to do that.”