With just one win in their last eight games, Carolina Panthers’ fans would probably be happy if the season just ended today. Carolina has played most of the season without Christian McCaffrey in the backfield, and they could be without him for yet another game. The Athletic’s Joseph Person reports that head coach Matt Rhule isn’t optimistic about McCaffrey taking the field on Saturday in Green Bay. McCaffrey has been dealing with a number of injuries this season—and most recently, a quad injury.
The Panthers held practice on Tuesday, but it was really more of a walkthrough, so if McCaffrey was a limited participant, there isn’t much to glean there. However, Rhule’s comments do carry some weight here. Perhaps he’s looking to err on the side of caution by opting not to play McCaffrey this Saturday in what will be 20-degree temperatures in Green Bay.
Bettors don’t appear to be too concerned if McCaffrey plays or not, as it’s the Carolina Panthers that are getting the early money. One reason for that is because back-up running back Mike Davis has done his best to fill McCaffrey’s shoes. Davis has averaged 4.1 yards per carry this season with five rushing touchdowns. He’s also been a useful target for Bridgewater with 5.7 targets per game.
The lookahead line opened with Green Bay as a 9.5-point favorite, but that number is already down to 8.5 at FanDuel. Ironically, the Panthers have been undervalued with McCaffrey out of the lineup as they’re 6-4 against the spread without the former All-Pro running back.
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