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Wild Card Weekend Line Moves Roundup

The Carolina Panthers won four fewer games than the Arizona Cardinals during the regular season, but they're increasing favorites on the betting odds for Wild Card Weekend as we take a look at the line moves for the first round of the NFL playoffs.

The Panthers, who won the NFC South division title despite a 7-8-1 SU record on the season, opened as 4-point home favorites against the visiting Cardinals for their Saturday afternoon matchup but heading into the weekend that line has moved to Carolina -6.5. The Cards, hit by injuries to their quarterbacks, went 11-5 SU during the regular season but are riding a two-game skid.

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The other game for Saturday has also seen a line move this week as the Pittsburgh Steelers have improved from a pick'em to a 3-point home favorite against the Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers are riding a four-game SU winning streak into the weekend that gave them the AFC North title at 11-5 SU. The Ravens had to settle for a Wild Card berth at 10-6 SU on the season.

For Sunday's early game the Indianapolis Colts have shrunk from a 6-point home favorite to a 3-point home favorite against the Cincinnati Bengals on the Wild Card Weekend betting lines. The Colts thumped the Bengals 27-0 and had no trouble covering a 3-point spread at home when those two teams met back in October. Indy was 11-5 SU on the season, while Cincinnati was 10-5-1 SU.

Finally, the line for the Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium later on Sunday has remained fairly steady this week - Dallas opened as a 7-point favorite and sits as a 6.5-point favorite heading into the weekend. The Cowboys went 12-4 SU on the season to win the NFC East division title, while the Lions went 11-5 SU to finish second in the NFC North standings.

Wild Card Weekend NFL Betting Lines:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 3
Arizona at Carolina (-6.5) (OPEN -4), 4:20pm ET
Baltimore at Pittsburgh (-3) (OPEN pick'em), 8:15pm ET

SUNDAY, JANUARY 4
Cincinnati at Indianapolis (-3) (OPEN -6), 1:05pm ET
Detroit at Dallas (-6.5) (OPEN -7), 4:40pm ET

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