Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers Matchup Preview (10/4/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
Two exciting offenses play in this one with Kyler Murray and the Cardinals traveling to Carolina. Arizona is coming off of a tough loss against a Detroit team they should have beaten, while the Panthers found their first win against Carolina. We have another home dog this week, but this game is certainly up in the air. The Cardinals have a great matchup against a below-average Panthers defense, but Teddy Bridgwater could post some big numbers against a defense that hasn’t seen an offense with a ton of weapons yet. While Christian McCaffrey is out and will be for the next few weeks, this game is sitting with over a 50 over/under. This should be a barn burner and one of the few during the 1 PM games. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, October 4th, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Bank Of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
TV Coverage: FOX
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Arizona Cardinals: DeAndre Hopkins (P), Budda Baker (D), Christian Kirk (Q), Mason Cole (Q), Chris Banjo (Q)
Carolina Panthers: Kawann Short (Q), Donte Jackson (Q), Jeremy Chinn (Q), Yetur Gross-Matos (Q), Russell Okung (Q)
Arizona Cardinals Analysis
Coming off a loss, Arizona will be looking to get back on track against another team they should beat. A loss would cause a lot of questions if they have improved as much as we thought after the first two weeks. Now, Kyler Murray has certainly improved, but interceptions burned him against Detroit. He has averaged 324 yards per game this season and has eight total touchdowns. Murray is definitely starting this season with his legs, where he didn’t as much in the first half of the 2019 season. DeAndre Hopkins has easily been his favorite target, with 37. Nobody else has more than 20 this year for Arizona. Murray has been spreading the ball around, and in fact, Andy Isabella is the second leading receiver. He has once again produced minimal targets. Kenyan Drake has yet to production the touchdown department as some hoped. But he is averaging 73 yards per game. Murray is taking a lot of goal-line chances away from Drake.
Arizona’s defense has looked improved, although that wasn’t as clear in the loss against Detroit. Anyone facing the 49ers over the first few weeks as they miss key names and the Washington Football team might just look good. Unless you are the Giants. But Arizona will have a tough task this week, as the Panthers have a lot of weapons on the offensive side. This will be more of a matchup for the pass defense. Arizona has been able to create a good pass rush and Carolina’s offensive line has been questionable to start the season.
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Carolina Panthers Analysis
Carolina’s offense took a hit with Christian McCaffrey being out for the next 4-5 weeks. Mike Davis has filled in, mostly in the receiving role as he has 17 targets, catching 16 of them for 119 yards and a score. He has minimal production on the ground with 47 yards on 14 attempts. A lot of Carolina games have just been them trying to play catch up so far. Teddy Bridgewater has looked excellent, completing 74% of his passes, and averaging 303 yards per game. The touchdowns haven’t been there yet, but I expect some positive regression in that department. DJ Moore and Robby Anderson both are over 200 yards to start the season and have led the team in targets. Bridgewater has connected with Anderson on a surprising level. Overall Bridgewater has performed well given the lack of offseason to get ready with his new team. Ian Thomas has hardly been involved despite taking over the starting role once Greg Olsen departed.
Everybody knew Carolina was going to go through a tough time on the defensive side, and that is the case. They have allowed 27 points per game, and the run defense has not improved from last season. They have allowed 124 rushing yards per game and the most rushing touchdowns so far this season. Kenyan Drake can certainly exploit that defense. DeAndre Hopkins is going to mismatch against any corner Carolina trots out against him. The offense will have to be ready to put up some big points this week.
Carolina Panthers Depth Chart
Betting Corner: Cardinals -3.5
Spread: ARI -3.5
Moneyline: ARI -175 / CAR +155
The over is now 0-3 on the season for the Cardinals as they have moved at a bit slower pace so far this season and have gone more on the ground. Where Carolina is 2-1 on the over and rank 11th in yards per play and are top ten in passing yards. Both these offenses can move the ball and I do like the over in this one. This is another tricky game for the spread, but Arizona is worth a look at the money line or to parlay with another team. This is a spot where DeAndre Hopkins could make things interesting if he sits out. But there hasn’t been any indication that he will miss the game with an ankle injury. The Arizona offense has been centered around him already. However, the over and Arizona should handle this game. Public money is leaning on Arizona and is well in on the over.
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Daily Fantasy Picks
This is a game filled with fantasy potential as the Cardinals and Panthers are both loaded with playmakers and defenses that need some work. Kyler Murray has been lights out, for the most part, this season, and his rushing numbers are a big reason why he is a great fantasy quarterback. His red-zone usage is incredible and now he gets Carolina, who has allowed 252 passing yards per game but most of the touchdowns have come on the ground against them. There are not many receiving options to like outside of DeAndre Hopkins, and with this secondary in the state that it is, Hopkins is a top-three option for a fantasy wide receiver this week. Kenyan Drake is in a great spot. The Panthers have allowed 30.8 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season.
Carolina has a few options in the receiving game to work with, and all three are in play. DJ Moore and Robby Anderson have been the most productive, but Anderson has been on another level. Arizona’s secondary is likely without Budda Baker, which is a major part. Mike Davis is worth a look at DraftKings where you get the PPR scoring. FanDuel doesn’t have much of a need for Davis with the loose pricing and .5 PPR scoring. This is a great game stack, especially on the early slate. There are not a lot of expensive options on the Panthers and the game script and matchup couldn’t be much better.