I have a rule. Once I make a prediction, I don't get to change it. I predicted before the season that the Carolina Panthers would go 6-10. So to make me accurate they have to go 2-8 after the bye week.
The NFL is fluid; teams considered good now won't necessarily be considered good in a month. But based upon what we've seen the first six weeks of the season, the Panthers will be favored in four of their final 10 games and underdogs in six.
They'll be favored at home against Atlanta, New Orleans, San Francisco and Seattle.
They'll be underdogs at home against Indianapolis, at Tennessee, at Green Bay, at Jacksonville, at home against Dallas and at Tampa Bay.
If they do what they're supposed to, the Panthers will finish 8-8.
But the Panthers rarely do what they're supposed to.
As favorites, they are 1-2.
As underdogs, they are 3-0.