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Panthers vs. Cardinals: 2011 Week 1 NFL Betting Preview

Week 1 Carolina Panthers vs Arizona Cardinals NFL Free Pick – Odds – Handicapping Preview

Could it be that a Panthers vs. Cardinals game may be interesting? It’s true, two highly sought after quarterbacks will make their debut with their new teams.

Carolina Panthers (0-0) at Arizona Cardinals (0-0)
Time/Date: 4:15 PM ET, Sunday, September 11, 2011
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix, Arizona
Broadcast: FOX
Panthers vs. Cards Betting Lines from betonline.com:
Spread: Cardinals -7
Moneyline: Panthers +275: Cards -330
Over/Under: 37 points
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For Carolina, Cam Newton did enough in camp to start earning his large paycheck and for Arizona, Kevin Kolb who was this year’s free Agent prize. Both teams are very different from a year ago!

Cam Newton will guide an offense that was dead last in almost every category last season. What he does have is perhaps the best running back duo in the NFL – DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart are healthy and rich and ready to prove some people wrong. He has Steve Smith and two great offseason Tight End acquisitions – Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey.

Arizona has proven that is all about the quarterback in the NFL. It was not that long ago that the Cards were representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. The team isn’t that drastically worse except for at one position – quarterback. Enter Kevin Kolb. The big fish. It should be interesting. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

Kolb has at his disposal one of the most gifted athletes in the NFL – Larry Fitzgerald. There is no reason why Fitz. doesn’t return to his old form and dominate his competition. Add in an impressive preseason and training camp by Beanie Wells and things are certainly looking up for the Arizona Cardinals.

The defenses are awash. Carolina boasts Charles Johnson who had 11 ½ sacks last season, Jon Beason and James Anderson while the Cardinals counter with Darnell Dockett, Vonnie Holiday and highly touted draft pick Patrick Peterson.

NFL Betting Trends:

CAR are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
CAR are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 1.
Under is 11-4 in CAR last 15 games in Week 1.
Over is 7-2 in ARI last 9 home games.
ARI are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games on grass.
ARI are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

Betting Prediction: I think the play here is the Over – 37 points. It is hard to imagine that the offenses won’t come out firing in this one. There are legitimate weapons on both teams and I think that there will be some scoring.

As for the Spread, I think 7 points may be a little high but I have faith that the Cards will perform in one of the loudest buildings in the NFL. At the end of the day, Cam Newton has never seen anything like he is about to see on Sunday.

Pick: Arizona Cardinals -7 and the Over – 37 points


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