With Week 4 on tap, it’s the Arizona Cardinals vs the Carolina Panthers in an intriguing matchup of NFC playoff longshots that will both be going all-out to get the confidence-boosting win Kyler Murray and the blossoming Cardinals will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season while Teddy Bridgewater and the Panthers look to build on their first win of the season the last time out. Now, let’s find out which team is offering the best opportunity to cash in against their value-packed BetUS NFL betting odds!
|Game: Arizona Cardinals (2-1) at Carolina Panthers (1-2)
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
Time: 1:00 PM ET
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The Panthers have won four straight in this NFC rivalry and seven of the last 10 meetings overall while going 4-0 ATS over the last four and 6-4 ATS over the last 10 meetings overall. The favorite has gone 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings while the Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Carolina and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings overall.
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Next game: at NY Jets
Arizona took out San Francisco 24-20 in their regular-season opener to cash in as a 7-point road dog. The Cardinals looked even better in smacking Washington around in their 30-15 Week 2 home win while covering the spread as a 7.5-point favorite. Then, Arizona suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday by getting upset at home against Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions 26-23, failing to cover the chalk as a 4.5-point favorite.
Kyler Murray passed for 270 yards and two touchdown passes while rushing for another score, but also tossed three costly interceptions in the loss.
“There is going to be adversity every game. That is part of it,” Murray said. “We understand that. Obviously, I feel like if I don’t turn the ball over three times today, we put ourselves in a better chance to win that game.”
Arizona ranks 10th in total offense, 13th in passing, seventh in rushing, and 17th in scoring (25.7 ppg). Defensively, the Cardinals rank an encouraging seventh overall, eighth against the pass and 12th against the run, and eighth in points allowed (200.3 ppg).
Now, in his fourth season, tight end Darrell Daniels is clearly an afterthought as a receiver. With only six catches in 37 career games, Kyler Murray isn’t looking his way on passing plays, even if he did have two grabs for 24 yards last weekend. Fellow tight end Dan Arnold hasn’t been much better with only five catches for 58 yards through three games.
Budda Baker – S – Doubtful
Christian Kirk – WR – Questionable
Mason Cole – C – Questionable
Chris Banjo – S – Questionable
DJ Foster – RB – Questionable
Rees Odhiambo – T – Questionable
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Next game: at Falcons
Carolina put up a great effort in their first game under new head coach Matt Rhule and veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Unfortunately, the Panthers came up just short in losing to Las Vegas 34-30 while failing to cover the spread as a 3-point home dog. In Week 2, Carolina was on the wrong end of a humbling 31-17 road loss at Tampa Bay while never coming close to cashing in as a 7.5-point road dog.
The Panthers did manage to get their first win of the season last weekend by taking out the LA Chargers 21-16 in a low-scoring affair that featured a lot of good defense. Bridgewater passed for 235 yards with one touchdown and no picks to help Rhule get his first win, but the Bolts covered the spread as a 6-point road dog.
“It was huge, especially coming on the road, creating your own energy. And the defense did just that,” said Bridgewater. “Of course you want to turn turnovers into seven points instead of field goals. But the defense created those turnovers and created energy and we fed off those guys.”
Carolina ranks 16th in total offense, ninth in passing, 26th un rushing and 24th in scoring (22.7 ppg). Defensively, the Panthers rank 22nd overall, 25th against the pass, 21st against the run and 19th in points allowed (27.0 ppg).
The Golden Boot
Second-year place kicker Joey Slye is a perfect 9-for-9 on the season after going 25-for-32 as a rookie last season. Slye has nailed two kicks from beyond 40 yards after going 8-for-11 from that distance a year ago.
Kawaan Short – DT – Questionable
Russell Okung – T – Questionable
Dennis Daley – G – Questionable
Donte Jackson – CB – Questionable
Jason Ferris – Questionable
Christian McCaffrey – RB – Out
Betting on the Game
The Cardinals are 3-0-2 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in the month of October and an identical 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record.
The Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Unfortunately, Carolina is also just 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Arizona has gone 2-4 SU in their last six road games and 1-4 SU in their last five games against the Panthers. Carolina is 6-1 SU in their last seven home games against the Cardinals, but a winless 0-5 SU in their last five home games overall.
The Over is 6-2 in Arizona’s last 8 games as a road favorite and 8-3 in the Cardinals last 11 games following a straight-up loss. The Over is also 4-0 in Carolina’s last 4 games as a home underdog, 6-0 in their last 6 games against their NFC counterparts and 4-0 in their last 4 home games.