Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers Free NFL Picks & Playoff Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 12/30/2014
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The Arizona Cardinals (11-5) will be going on road to take on the red-hot Carolina Panthers (7-8-1) in the NFC Wild Card game on Saturday. The Cardinals have the better record, but they were second in the NFC West and the Panthers won their division despite finishing with a losing record.
The Cardinals are coming into the playoffs on a bit of a cold streak. They won nine of their first 10 games this season, but they lost four of their final six. In Week 17, they lost 20-17 on the road to the San Francisco 49ers.
Arizona's defense gave up plenty of yards this season, but they were fifth in the NFL in points against by only allowing their opponents to score 18.7 points per game against them. Wide receiver Michael Floyd finished the year with 47 receptions for 841 yards and a team-high six touchdowns.
Many will see the Panthers as being lucky to even be in the playoffs, but they may be one of the more feared teams right now. They were just 3-8-1 after their Week 13 loss, but they were able to win their last four, including a 34-3 rout of the Atlanta Falcons in their final game.
The Panthers were seventh in the NFL in rushing this season by averaging 127.2 yards per game on the ground. Quarterback Cam Newton hasn't had the best season as he has thrown for 3,127 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Arizona Cardinals Betting Trends
Arizona Cardinals are 11-5-0 Against the Spread
Arizona Cardinals are 5-10-0 against the Over/Under
Carolina Panthers Betting Trends
Carolina Panthers are 8-8-0 Against the Spread
Carolina Panthers are 8-8-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/29/14 G Jonathan Cooper Wrist ""?"" Saturday vs. Carolina
12/29/14 LB Larry Foote Knee ""?"" Saturday vs. Carolina
12/16/14 DE Ed Stinson Toe IR
12/14/14 QB Drew Stanton Knee out indefinitely
12/07/14 RB Andre Ellington Hip IR
11/19/14 TE Troy Niklas Ankle IR
11/09/14 QB Carson Palmer Knee IR
10/08/14 P Dave Zastudil Groin IR
10/07/14 LB Matt Shaughnessy Knee IR - designated return
09/19/14 LB John Abraham Concussion IR
09/17/14 RB Jonathan Dwyer Legal problems out for season
09/04/14 LB Daryl Washington Suspension IR
09/04/14 DL Darnell Dockett Knee IR
12/29/14 RB DeAngelo Williams Hand ""?"" Saturday vs. Arizona
10/30/14 LB Chase Blackburn Knee IR
10/08/14 TE Richie Brockel Ankle IR
09/27/14 T Garry Williams Back IR
09/17/14 DE Greg Hardy Legal problems out for season
09/04/14 OG Edmund Kugbila Back IR
Guy's Pick: Take Arizona
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