The Carolina Panthers travel to Arizona this weekend to take on the Cardinals in a game that will have big meaning for both teams. Carolina is 4-5 on the season, and Arizona is 8-1 on the season.
Carolina is going to be without their starting quarterback this weekend as Sam Darnold is out with an injury. PJ Walker will look to lead the Panthers this upcoming weekend as the Cardinals come in fairly healthy.
Look for the Panthers to rally around Walker and play well. The Panthers’ defense has played well so far this season on defense, so they should be able to handle whatever the Cardinals throw their way.
The Cardinals have been really solid on the offensive end of the field and have been able to hold their own on defense. Look for this game to be a bit closer than expected, as the Panthers are a bit better than their record. Let’s dive deep into our NFL Betting analysis for the upcoming battle between the Carolina Panthers versus the Arizona Cardinals.
NFL Betting Preview for Carolina Panthers at Arizona
How will the Panthers Hold Without Darnold?
The Panthers‘ offense has been fairly solid so far this season with Darnold at the helm. It has seemed like he has improved his game a ton since he was in New York.
Unfortunately, Darnold is now out for the next four to six weeks, and Walker will have to step in and run the show. Walker had a great showing in the XFL but is a relative unknown in the NFL.
I look for Walker to have a pretty solid game as he provides a different look than Darnold does. Walker has the ability to spread the defense as they have to watch for his ability to run the ball. Look for the Panthers’ offense to perform fairly well this upcoming weekend.
Will the Cardinals Offense Stay on Track?
The Cardinals have scored over 31 points three times in their last five games. They have really done a solid job of getting the ball to their playmakers and have had great success doing so.
If the Cardinals want to win this game, they are going to need quarterback Kyler Murray to play his best. The Panthers’ defense is not a slouch and have had really solid success against teams with mobile quarterbacks.
Look for the Cardinals to have some success this week at home, especially if they are able to get the Panthers off the field with some success. The Cardinals’ defense will dictate whether or not the offense is going to have a good game or not.
Panthers vs Cardinals Betting Odds and Pick
The Cardinals are favored in this game by 10.5 points. They are the moneyline favorites as well, with a the odds of -550. The Panthers moneyline is +400 and could provide some good value. The over/under for this game is set at 44 points.
I would take the Cardinals in this one as the Panthers are starting a new quarterback this weekend. Look for the over to be hit, however. I think this could be a high-scoring game.