Once upon a time, the Carolina Panthers football team began their season with two losses. This made fans wonder if they could still make it to the playoffs, especially in the burgeoning era of North Carolina sports betting. Our team was curious too. We dug into the past, all the way back to 1970, to see what happens to teams that start with no wins and two losses.

Here’s what we found: Out of 406 teams that had a rough start since 1970, 57 of them ended up with more wins than losses by the end of the season. That’s about 14% of the teams. Not too bad, right? Even more exciting, 39 of those teams made it to the playoffs—that’s close to 10%! Four teams went all the way to the Super Bowl, and three of those teams won the whole thing!

So, there’s hope for the Panthers. They’ve been in this spot before and have turned things around. Now they have a new coach named Frank Reich and a young, talented quarterback, Bryce Young. He won the Heisman Trophy back in 2021 and was picked first in the NFL Draft last April. Bryce Young’s first game wasn’t easy, though. He threw the ball for one touchdown but also made two mistakes that the other team took advantage of, and they ended up losing to the Atlanta Falcons.

The Panthers had a tough start last season too, with two really close losses. But they managed to win their third game against the New Orleans Saints. They tried really hard for the rest of the season and almost won their division, but they just missed out in the last game.

Fans can look back to 2013 for inspiration. That year, the Panthers also lost their first two games but ended up with a fantastic record of 12 wins and just 4 losses. The Cincinnati Bengals did the same thing in 2022!

Now, let’s talk about other sports in North Carolina. There’s lots of excitement around Duke and UNC college basketball teams and what their chances are. The NBA’s Charlotte Hornets are trying to make it to the playoffs, and the Hurricanes hockey team has their eyes on the Stanley Cup.

For fans who love to bet on sports, there are lots of options in North Carolina. With the advent of North Carolina sports betting apps and various North Carolina sports betting promos, the experience has become more engaging. Plus, there are casinos like Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort where people can play games and maybe win some money.

Sometimes people win big, and they need help figuring out the taxes on their winnings, but there’s a calculator for that. Also, there’s a survey about sports betting in North Carolina that shows what people think.

If folks in North Carolina love sports and betting, they can find lots of promo codes for apps like ESPN BET, BetMGM North Carolina, and Caesars Sportsbook. All these apps have special deals for people who live in North Carolina, enhancing the sports betting experience in the state.

✅ Fact Checked on January 27, 2024 by Ken Weaver