Cardinals vs. Panthers: NFL Betting Preview – October 4, 2020

Posted By Staff on September 30, 2020 - Last Updated on October 2, 2020

The Carolina Panthers (1-2) are 3.5-point underdogs heading into their matchup on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals (2-1). The contest’s point total is set at 52.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of October 2. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings.com.

Betting Information

Total Facts

  • Cardinals games have not gone over 52 points yet this season.
  • In one game this season, the Panthers have combined with their opponents to go over 52 points.
  • This year’s combined scoring average for these two teams (48.4 points) is 3.6 fewer than the total for this contest.
  • These teams allow a combined 47.3 points per game– 4.7 fewer points than this contest’s total.
  • Cardinals games this season have posted an average total of 46, which is six points fewer than the total for this matchup.
  • The Cardinals are the 17th-highest scoring team in the league this year. The Panthers have scored the 24th-most points.
  • This contest features the league’s 18th-ranked (Carolina) and seventh-ranked (Arizona) scoring defenses.

Cardinals Betting Insights

  • Arizona is 2-1 against the spread.
  • The Cardinals have an even ATS record of 1-1 when playing as at least 3.5-point favorites.
  • Arizona’s games have gone under the point total in all three outings this season.

Panthers Betting Insights

  • Carolina has a losing 1-2 record against the spread.
  • Carolina’s games have hit the over in two out of three outings this season (66.7%).

Cardinals vs Panthers: Last 5 Meetings

  • In the past five meetings, Carolina is 3-2 against Arizona.
  • The Panthers have covered one time in those games.
  • Carolina has tallied 114 points in the last five meetings while only allowing 102 to Arizona
Cardinals vs Panthers: Last Five Meetings
Date Home Team Total Yards Result
9/22/2019 Cardinals 413-248 CAR 38-20 CAR
10/30/2016 Panthers 349-340 CAR 30-20 CAR
10/6/2013 Cardinals 353-250 CAR 22-6 ARI
9/11/2011 Cardinals 28-21 ARI
12/19/2010 Panthers 303-218 CAR 19-12 CAR

When the Cardinals Have the Ball

  • The Panthers defense has allowed 27 points per game this season. The Cardinals score 25.7 points per game.
  • In games where Arizona score at least 25.7 points this season, they are 1-0 overall and 1-0 against the spread.
  • Carolina is 1-0 overall and 1-0 against the spread this season in games where they allow fewer than 27 points.
  • The Panthers defense gives up 382.3 yards per game– 24 yards fewer than the 406.3-yard average from the Cardinals offense. On average, the Cardinals gain 5.7 yards per play and the Panthers allow six.
  • In contests where the Arizona offense totals at least their average yard output this season, they are 1-0 against the spread and 1-0 overall.
  • When the Carolina defense allows less than their season average for total yards this season they are 0-2 against the spread and 0-2 overall.
  • The Panthers allow 124 yards per game on the ground, compared to the 149.7 rushing yards the Cardinals offense averages.
  • In games where the Arizona hits their season rushing average this season, the Cardinals are 2-0 overall and 2-0 against the spread.
  • When Carolina holds opposing teams to 124 rushing yards or fewer this year, they are 1-1 against the spread and 1-1 overall.
  • Arizona has turned the ball over 1.7 times per game this season, while the Panthers average two takeaways per contest.
  • In games where they turn the football over 1.7 times or fewer this season, Arizona is 2-0 overall and 2-0 against the spread.
  • Carolina’s record this season when they force more than two turnovers: 1-1 ATS, 1-1 overall

When the Panthers Have the Ball

  • The Panthers score 2.4 more points per game (22.7) than the Cardinals give up (20.3).
  • Carolina is 0-1 against the spread and 0-1 overall a season ago when the team scores at least 22.7 points.
  • This season, Arizona has a 1-0 record against the spread and a 1-0 record overall in games when it holds opponents to 25.7 or fewer points.
  • The Panthers average 37.6 more yards per game (372.3), than the Cardinals allow per matchup (334.7).
  • The Panthers average six yards per play, while the Cardinals allow 5.5 per play.
  • In games Arizona holds its opponents to 334.7 or fewer yards, they are 1-1 ATS and 1-1 overall.
  • The Panthers rush for 98.7 yards per game– 11.3 fewer per game than the 110 the Cardinals allow per outing.
  • When Carolina runs for at least 98.7 yards, they have a 0-1 ATS record and a 0-1 overall record.
  • This season, Arizona is 0-1 against the spread and 0-1 overall when holding opponents to no more than 110 rushing yards.
  • This year, the Panthers turn the ball over 1.3 times per game– 0.6 more turnovers per game than the 0.7 the Cardinals force on average.
  • Carolina has a 1-1 record against the spread and a 1-1 record overall when it turns the ball over 1.3 times or less.
  • This season, Arizona has a 1-0 record against the spread and a 1-0 record overall when it forces at least 0.7 turnovers.

Cardinals Players to Watch

  • Kyler Murray has thrown for 786 yards, four touchdowns, and five picks on 66.4% completion (75-of-113). He’s also carried the ball 26 times for 187 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 62.3 yards per game.
  • Kenyan Drake has 219 yards on 54 carries (73 yards per game) while scoring one touchdown in three games.
  • DeAndre Hopkins has 32 receptions for 356 yards and a touchdown. He has been targeted 37 times and averages 118.7 yards per game over three outings.
  • Andy Isabella has added 114 yards on six catches with two touchdowns. He has been targeted six times and puts up 38.0 receiving yards per game.
  • In three games, Larry Fitzgerald has caught 12 passes on 15 targets for 84 yards, averaging 28 receiving yards per game.
  • Devon Kennard has two sacks, two TFL, and seven tackles in three games.
  • In 2020, Budda Baker leads the Cardinals with 28 tackles and one TFL.

Panthers Players to Watch

  • Teddy Bridgewater has thrown for 872 yards while completing 74% of his passes (77-of-104), with two touchdowns and two interceptions in three games this year (290.7 yards per game).
  • Mike Davis has 47 rushing yards (15.7 yards per game), 16 catches for 119 yards (39.7 receiving yards per game), and one receiving touchdown in place of injured Christian McCaffrey.
  • In his first season in Carolina, Robby Anderson has 20 catches (24 targets) for with 279 yards (93 per game) and a touchdown in three games.
  • D. J. Moore has 14 catches for 239 yards (79.7 yards per game) so far this year.
  • Shaq Thompson has recorded a team-high 28 tackles in three games.

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