San Francisco is next at 6-1, followed by New England (7-1), Green Bay (16-1), New Orleans (16-1), Cincinnati (20-1), Carolina (20-1) and Indianapolis (20-1).
The LVH's immediate line after Seattle pummeled Denver 43-8 on Sunday night had Carolina behind NFC South rival Atlanta (18-1) as well.
RJ Bell of Pregame.com in Vegas has the Panthers tied for seventh with Atlanta and Cincinnati at 25-1. Seattle is the favorite at 7-1, followed by Denver (8-1), San Francisco (8-1), New England (12-1), Green Bay (20-1) and New Orleans (20-1).
So according to the odds maker, the Panthers will be the second- or third-best team in their division.
I already can hear coach Ron Rivera & Co. playing the lack of respect card.