NFL Wild Card Sports Betting Predictions: Arizona Cardinals Vs Carolina Panthers

First Game of the Wild Card Round! Our Sports Handicappers has you Covered with Inside Analysis on the Favorable Sports Betting Lines Including Predictions

Vegas Sports Betting has you covered with everything you need to know for the NFL Playoffs. This week marks the first round of the post-season, in other words, the Wild card round. Our top sportsbook have the best sports betting odds in the business for our first post-season matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers; so sign up now to get all your favorable picks on time.

Arizona Cardinals (11-5)

Week 17 Top Performers:

  • Ryan Lindley:316 yards and two touchdowns
  • Kerwynn Williams: 67 yards
  • Michael Floyd: 153 yards and two touchdowns

Factors to consider:

  • Lost in week 17 against the 49ers, 17-20
  • Playing on the road
  • Win or go home situation
  • Cardinals have their third string QB as a starter

Offensive Expectations:       

  • The Cardinals offense faces a Panthers defense that has been improving more and more.
  • Panther defense is ranked 11th in pass defense and 16th in run defense;
  • Despite those statistics, Panthers defense are showing their true defensive colour, smiliar to last season.
  • Expect the Cardinals offense to struggle on the run; however it is unpredictable what Lindley will do after a somewhat good performance against a tough Niners defense.  

 

Defensive Expectations:

  • Cardinals have to improve their secondary if they want to advance to the next round
  • One-on-one matchup to look out for: Kelvin Benjamin Vs Patrick Petterson
  • Cardinals should be successful in stopping the RB Jonathan Stewart, however they should focus more on Newton

Carolina Panthers (7-8-1)

Week 17 Top Performers:

  • Cam Newton: 165 yards and two touchdowns
  • Jonathan Stewart: 49 yards
  • Philly Brown: 28 yards

Factors to consider: 

  • Coming off a dominating performance on the road against the Atlanta Falcons, 34-3
  • Panthers are playing at home
  • Panthers are considered favorite going into Saturday’s game

Offensive Expectations:       

  • Cam Newton and the Panthers offense go up against a Cardinals defense that is ranked 29th in pass defense and 13th in run defense
  • Due to the Panthers spread offensive formation, their offense should have no problem both in the passing and running game (whether it’s Newton or Stewart)

Defensive Expectations:

  • Defensively, Panthers have improved since the beginning of the season
  • Expect them to stop the Cardinals rushers and RB Andre Ellington is on IR
  • Their Secondary has improved immensely, expect them to create turnovers

Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers
When: Saturday, January 3rd, 2015,
Time: 4:35pm (Eastern Time) 
Where:  Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, Carolina, USA
Opening NFL oddsCarolina Panthers -4 ½  
NFL Betting Odds from: Bovada

Matchup Trends
Arizona is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
Arizona is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Arizona is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona’s last 7 games
Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Carolina is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Carolina’s last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina’s last 5 games at home
 
Sports Prediction
Odds makers are considering the Carolina Panthers as the favorite for Saturdays Matchups. We also believe that the Panthers will win however, we recommend not going ATS. Take the under for this matchup; the Panthers and the Cardinals are two very defensive teams. That said, we recommend going with  Under 37 ½   provided by Bovada.

Sports Betting Pick:  Under 37 ½  

 

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