Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals odds, picks and best bets

USA Today Sports 2 months ago

The Carolina Panthers (0-2) hit the road to battle the Arizona Cardinals (0-1-1) at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Second-year QB Kyle Allen will take the reins of the offense with QB Cam Newton (foot) ruled out after being forced into a walking boot. Expect the Cards to see a heavy, heavy dose of RB Christian McCaffrey as a result.

Panthers at Cardinals: Week 3 preview, betting trends and notes


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  • The Panthers have posted a 1-4 ATS mark across the past five on the road, and they're 0-5 ATS in the past five against losing teams.
  • Carolina has covered in just two of the past 10 games overall.
  • The Cardinals have posted an impressive 7-3-1 ATS in the past 11 games against NFC foes.
  • Arizona has covered four straight games in the month of September.
  • The Panthers rank 12th in total defense, and second in the NFL against the pass (186.0 yards per game).
  • The Cardinals rank seventh in the NFL with 302.0 passing yards per game.
  • Arizona ranks 31st in total yards allowed (458.5 yards per game).

Panthers at Cardinals: Key injuries

  • In addition to Newton being out, S Rashaan Gaulden (groin) and LB/DE Bruce Irvin (hamstring) are also ruled out.
  • Carolina starters TE Greg Olsen (back) and DT Kawann Short (shoulder) are each considered questionable.
  • Cards WR Larry Fitzgerald (rest) practiced in full Thursday and Friday and he is ready to go.
  • Arizona RB David Johnson (wrist) practiced in full in all three practices and he is off the injury report.

Panthers at Cardinals: Odds, betting lines and prediction

Odds via BetMGM. Access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated Saturday at 5:50 a.m. ET.

Prediction

Cardinals 27, Panthers 17

Moneyline ( ?)

The Panthers (+110) would be a risky play with Cam under center, but they're especially unattractive with Allen starting. The Cardinals (-134) are the play, as they're not as expensive as I thought they would be. New to sports betting? A $10 wager on the Cardinals would profit $7.46 with an Arizona win.

Against the Spread ( ?)

The Cardinals (-2.5, -106) are worth a look against the spread, too, as long as the line doesn't get higher than three and a hook. The Panthers (+2.5, -115) would be a poor play. If you like them, just hammer the moneyline, which has a better return. For the Cardinals to win ATS, they'll need to beat Carolina by at least three points. A $10 wager would bring a $9.43 profit if they do.

Over/Under ( ?)

The projected total of 45.5 is a great line; so good, we'd avoid it. Murray and the Cardinals will be able to move the ball, and CMC will make his presence felt for the visitors. Still, the total is too close to call, and with Allen under center the Panthers could struggle.

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