After gamblers celebrate a likely side and total sweep on the Patriots vs. Broncos contest, many say one of the best games thus far on the playoff football schedule is the Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers. Free football picks says the Vegas point spread is Carolina -3 and -120 with a total of 47. However, there is enormous variance on the juice as we also see the chalk available for just -108. Only the juice on the key number has changed since the opener of -3 and 47. Of bets placed on the side, 69 percent are on the Panthers with 68 percent coming in on the over. Kickoff is set for 6:40 ET.
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In comparing yards per rush on offense, the better numbers belong to the Panthers by .1. As far as passing yards per completion on the offensive side of the ball, the upper hand is for Arizona by 1.3. According to yards per point, the more efficient offense is Carolina by 1.6.
Defensively the more stingy team based on yards per rush is neither as we have a tie at 4.0 each. The superior defense in terms of passing yards per completion Carolina by 3.0. The yards per point statistic used by the line makers says the better-quality defense is Arizona Cardinals forcing 1.0 more. The turnover department upper hand belongs to Carolina by a stunning 14.
Who to bet on: Last week we nail the Panthers as the NFC Game of the Year as part of our NFL sweep. Now we have AFC Game of the Year as part of a sweep. As Joe Duffy’s Picks has dominated the NFL since the mid-1980s scorephone days more than any handicapper has in any sport. Today is one of the stronger conference finals days in my 29th season of picking winners for only the sharpest bettors in the world. Get Wise Guy bets on both sides plus the NFC total Major at OffshoreInsiders.com
Yards per point is determined by dividing total yards by number of points. Offensively a lower number is considered more efficient. On defense, a higher number is better.
Spread trends (all records against the spread): Arizona 21-10 off win, 1-6 to teams with a winning record. Carolina 6-0 grass, 18-7 home. Over/under angles: Carolina over 12-3 to NFC. Arizona under 15-5 after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.