The 2015 NFL playoffs kick off with the Arizona Cardinals facing the Carolina Panthers at 4:35 PM ET from Bank Of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cardinals vs Panthers Odds have Carolina as -4 point betting odds favorites with 57% of expert NFL predictions on the home favorite. Carolina (7-8-1 SU 8-8 ATS) played well down the stretch to earn a postseason bid with four straight wins to end the season. Arizona (11-5 SU 11-5 ATS) exceeded expectations in rookie head coach Bruce Arians first year but dropped their final two games. Can the Cardinals pull off the upset on the road with 3rd string quarterback Ryan Lindley? Our Expert NFL picks panel broke down this NFC Wild Card match-up. Cardinals vs Panthers Odds have Arizona as +160 Moneyline underdogs to win straight up (Bet $100 to win $160) at SPORTS BETTING ONLINE
ESPN2 News New Bottom Line: In what should be a defensive struggle the Panthers better offensive weaponry should pull away late. The Cardinals have done a fine job defensively ranking 5th in points allowed but 3rd string QB Lindley (56.8 passer rating) is wildly inconsistent. Panthers signal caller Cam Newton (82.1 passer rating 539 yards rushing) will be the difference maker in a hard-fought war. Cardinals vs Panthers Odds Over/Under is at 38.0 points
Cam Newton’s ability to scramble and make plays will keep the Cardinals defense on their heels. The Cardinals stagnant running game that averages a paltry 3.3 yards per carry will not do their backup QB any favors in the noisy crowd conditions. Bet Carolina to win by double-digits against a game but undermanned Cardinals team.
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