Cardinals home to Panthers in NFL betting action
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The 2-2 Arizona Cardinals, after coming from behind to win at Tampa Bay last week, head home to host Cam Newton and his 1-2 Carolina Panthers Sunday (4:05 pm ET, Fox).
In the early wagering the Cardinals were getting 2.5 points from the Panthers, who have actually outscored their opponents by 32 points so far and had last week off.
Carolina comes off a bye week, which has traditionally meant an UNDER play (8-2 past 10 seasons after a bye). The Panthers are also 6-2 ATS in their past 8 road games.
Arizona is just 2-7 SU past nine vs Panthers.
The Cardinals are 2-2 so far on the season, and 3-1 ATS vs. the number. The Panthers, meanwhile, are 1-2 and 1-2 ATS. Over under bettors have seen Arizona go 1-3 and the Panthers go 1-2 on the totals.
Arizona opened as -3-point favorites at shops such as 5Dimes, while the NFL total was set at 42.5 for over under betting.
The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Cardinals at No. 29 and the Panthers at No. 5 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 27-13 result in favor of the Panthers.
The Panthers were a 38-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Giants. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (38) made winners of UNDER bettors. In their last game, the Cardinals were Week 4 winners, coming out on top of the Buccaneers by a score of 13-10.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Arizona's No. 27-ranked offense (17.25 PPG) against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 3 at 12 PPG. The Cardinals passing attack has averaged 241.5 yards per game, more than the Panthers give up through the air (225.67 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Panthers feature the league's No. 6-rated road run defense, allowing 83.67 yards per game. Arizona, meanwhile, ranks No. 24 in rushing offense at home.
A few Panthers at Cardinals trends to consider:
Carolina is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Arizona
Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Arizona
Carolina is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Carolina is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Arizona is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing Carolina
Arizona is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Carolina
Arizona is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Arizona is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games
Carolina at Minnesota, Sunday, October 13th
Arizona at San Francisco, Sunday, October 13th