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The Panthers and Patriots will be at the bottom of the NFL this season, if the betting lines are to be believed.

After the 2024 NFL schedule was released, betting lines appeared for every game, and Carolina and New England have something in common: They’re underdogs in all 17 of their games.

The Patriots are underdogs by as much as 11.5 points, which is the line in their road game against the 49ers. The closest line they have comes at home against the Colts, when the Patriots are 2-point underdogs.

The Panthers’ point spreads are a little closer: The games in which they’re the biggest underdogs are at home against the Chiefs and on the road against the Eagles, when Carolina is a 7-point dog in both games. And the Panthers are 1-point underdogs in three different games, at home against the Saints, Cardinals and Giants.

Both teams are likely to find a win somewhere — an 0-17 team is always unlikely. But it’s hard to point to any team you’d feel confident saying either the Patriots or Panthers will win.

The Panthers are expected to be one of the worst teams in the NFL this season — by the betting odds, by fans, by the media, and even by the NFL schedule makers.

The 2024 NFL schedule makes that clear, as the Panthers are the only team with no prime time games this season.

Carolina does get one standalone game, a 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff against the Giants in Munich, Germany, in Week 10. That’s the only time the Panthers will have NFL fans’ undivided attention.

It is still possible, with flexible scheduling, that the Panthers could get flexed into a national television window. They’ll have to be a much better team than anyone expects for that to happen. As it is, the NFL is trying to keep the Panthers out of prime time.

Four games will be played in Europe during the 2024 NFL season, and this morning the league announced which teams will be playing.

The Vikings will play a home game against the Jets on October 6 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

The Bears will play a home game against the Jaguars on October 13, also at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Jaguars will stay in London and play a home game against the Patriots on October 20 at Wembley Stadium.

The Panthers will play a home game against the Giants on November 10 at Allianz Arena.

All four games in Europe will kick off at 9:30 a.m. ET and air on NFL Network.

The Panthers have agreed to terms with outside linebacker Cam Gill, Greg Auman of Fox Sports reports.

Gill went undrafted out of Wagner in 2020, signing with the Buccaneers. He spent four seasons in Tampa Bay, getting the majority of his snaps on special teams.

Gill, 26, played 12 games as a rookie and 13 in 2021 before missing the 2022 season with a Lisfranc injury.

In 2023, he appeared in 15 games and totaled 12 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Gill played only 62 defensive snaps, but he was a core special teams player with 308 snaps.

In four seasons, Gill saw action on 184 defensive snaps and 768 on special teams. He has recorded 29 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in his career.

Ja’Tavion Sanders hasn’t been a member of the Panthers for very long, but the rookie tight end has a keen sense of the team’s history.

Sanders was selected in the fourth round of the draft last month and he took part in his first practices with the team during rookie minicamp over the weekend. After one of those practices, Sanders shared his goal of following in the footsteps of one of the most productive tight end in franchise history.

“I’m just trying to be the next Greg Olsen,” Sanders said, via the team’s website. “I’m trying to be the new face of the offense for sure.”

Quarterback Bryce Young will likely remain the face of the offense in Carolina during the 2024 season, but a strong debut from Sanders would help the chances of that face wearing a smile rather than the frown it was saddled with during his rookie campaign.