The Carolina Panthers picked up their first win of the 2020 NFL season in Week 3, defeating the Los Angeles Chargers 21-16 on the road. The win was also Coach Matt Rhule’s first NFL victory and the Panthers snapped a 10 game losing streak even with Christian McCaffrey on the IR with a high ankle sprain. Kicker Joey Slye hit all of his field goals en route to a career-high five. Teddy Bridgewater went an efficient 22-28 with 235 passing yards and one touchdown.
Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert passed for the most yards by a rookie this season, with 330. He added a touchdown and an interception. Chargers WR Keenan Allen had a game-high 13 receptions and 132 receiving yards with a touchdown. The Chargers outgained the Panthers 436-302 and almost overcame an 18-7 halftime deficit but fumbled the ball deep in Panther’s territory with seconds to go, sealing their defeat. In Week 4 the Chargers will take on the Bucs in Tampa in front of no more than 10,000 fans. It’ll be the first time the home crowd at Raymond James Stadium has the opportunity to see Tom Brady play.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals dropped their Week 3 home game to the previously winless Detroit Lions. Matt Prater hit a game-winning 39-yard field goal and the Lions picked up their first win in their last 12 games. Kyler Murray scored three total touchdowns but matched a career-high with three interceptions. Cardinals second-year WR Andy Isabella caught two touchdowns from Murray and DeAndre Hopkins continued his torrid start to the year, catching ten passes for 137 yards.
Matthew Stafford went 22-31 with 270 yards and two touchdowns while Adrian Peterson struggled with 75 yards on 22 carries. Detroit has a tough matchup waiting for them in Week 4 as the Lions host the Saints at Ford Field.
Murray and the Cardinals will look to return to their winning ways as they travel to Charlotte to take on the Panthers. We’ll take a look at the major lines in Week 4 of the NFL season and some of the most attractive looking pro football props in the Cardinals vs Panthers matchup provided by BetUS sportsbook.
|Game: Arizona (2-1) vs Carolina (1-2)
Location: Bank of America Stadium
Time: 1:00 PM ET
NFL Betting Lines
|Team||Point Spread||Moneyline||Over/Under||Team Total|
Moneyline: Cardinals -175 | Panthers +155
While the Panthers picked up a win on the road last week, they’ve lost their last five games at home. The Panthers won in McCaffrey’s first game out on the IR and they did it relying on the passing game. However, Arizona’s defense has given up the eighth fewest passing yards through three games.
The last time Murray threw three interceptions, in a Week 14 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he followed it up with his highest single-game career completion percentage. He finished 19-25 with 219 yards and a touchdown to one interception in a win against the Cleveland Browns. Expect him to be motivated to improve his performance this week against a Carolina defense that has allowed 258 passing yards per game. The Panthers have yet to face a quarterback who’s even as close to as mobile as Murray is, and they’ve still allowed 143.5 yards per game on the ground, the fourth-most in the league. Murray has scored a rushing touchdown in each of his first three games. RB Kenyan Drake has been steady for the Cardinals but is yet to have a big game.
Bridgewater has been impressive in his first three games with the Panthers. His completion percentage ranks fourth in the league and he’s eighth in passing yards. He’ll face a test against an Arizona pass rush that has the fifth most sacks per game. Bridgewater was sacked five times in Week 2 loss against the Buccaneers, and threw two picks and no interceptions in that game. Carolina’s defense has two takeaways per game, while Arizona has yet to intercept a pass thus far.
The Murray-Hopkins connection should prove to be too much for the Cardinals, who have loads of offensive firepower. The Panthers picked up their first win of the year against a Chargers team which ranks 29th in scoring through three games. The loss against the Lions should serve as a wakeup call for a Cardinals team that is competing for an NFC playoff spot in Kliff Kingsbury’s second year as head coach. The Panthers have not won a home game since Week 9 of 2019 and that trend should continue here.
Pick: Cardinals to Win
Point Spread: Cardinals -3½
The Cardinals are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games and Carolina is 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games, including 0-4-1 ATS at home. Carolina is 4-1 ATS in its last five games against Arizona but Cam Newton is Carolina’s QB no more. The Cardinals are 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 games on the road and seem like a good bet here.
Pick: Cardinals to Cover
Over/Under: 51 points
This seems like quite a high point total. Arizona has yet to play in a game that has reached this point threshold this season. After a 64-point shootout against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 1, games the Panthers have played in have averaged 42.5 points. Both offenses are certainly pass heavy, but this seems like a bit of a stretch.
The over has hit in the Panthers last four home games and in the Panthers last six games vs NFC competition. Meanwhile, the total has gone under in four of Arizona’s last five games. Coming off of a loss to the lowly Lions in which they allowed their most points of the season to date, the Cardinals should have a better defensive game here against a team missing their star running back.
Pick: Under 51 Points
Final Score: ARI 27, CAR 20
Props Talk for Cardinals at Panthers
Team to Score Longest TD
Cardinal’s opponents have scored the longest TD of the game in all three of their games thus far. The longest play the Cardinals have scored on so far is a 22-yard Murray run. Arizona is 25th in the league in passing yards per completion.
Bridgewater connected with WR Robby Anderson for a 75-yard touchdown in Week 1 and Anderson is sixth in the league in receiving yards this season. Carolina ranks higher than Arizona in both passing yards per completion and attempt and it’s certainly possible the Panthers score the longer TD in this game.
Total FGs Scored in the Game Over/Under 3½
Over 3½ -110
Under 3½ -120
Slye hit a career-high 5 field goals last week, a function of Carolina’s inability to score touchdowns in the red zone. Carolina is 30th in red-zone efficiency so far this season. Slye has gone 9/9 on field goals this season, an average of three per game. Arizona’s Zane Gonzalez has hit at least one field goal in each of Arizona’s opening three games. The overlooks to be a good bet.
1st Half Total FGs Scored Over/Under 1½
Over 1½ +115
Under 1½ -145
Four of five of Slye’s made field goals came in the first half in Week 3 and he hit 3 in the first half of the Week 1 loss against the Raiders. So, he’s averaged 2.7 field goals in first halves through three games. The over has nice value in this FG prop too.