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.
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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Odds Shark Staff Thu, May 12, 1:37pm