Panthers vs Cardinals: NFL Week 3 Picks & Game Predictions


Carolina started as 3.5-point favorites in Arizona. But, since bettors are affected strongly by the things they see and because they saw Carolina quarterback Cam Newton play very sloppily on Thursday night, the lineup is already down to 2.5 in most books, although +3 lingers at Bovada. I recommend pouncing on the present amount until it drops further.
Consistent profit has been established by betting against Cam-led Carolina as the Panthers are 1-7 ATS in the last eight matches together under center.
Near the end of last year, Cam was unable to complete passes downfield and that he pulled at least one interception. Two weeks to this summer, Cam is currently placing up career-worst amounts concerning stats like completion percentage and rating.
Injury-related questions surround him, particularly concerning his foot and his shoulder. He’s also trying to create new throwing mechanics after injury issues prevented him from becoming even close to his standard preparation time with the 34, and locate rhythm.
Coach Ron Rivera could lie all he desires as no coach could be dumb enough in his position to disclose Cam injury issues. Nonetheless, it’s clear that Cam has some and it’s clear by continuing to trot him out that Rivera is doing his best Mark impression.
Whether Cam’s injury is affecting his passing is harder to discern. His passes may be looking nasty due to his mechanics that are changing. Nonetheless, it’s apparent that Cam isn’t running and the only explanation must be injury-related. Since 2015, Cam has played 100 quarterback sneaks. They are a famous strength of Newton, that in their own career has transformed 83 percent of situations via the sneak.
Newton hasn’t been running in general, which can be critical to this of the offense of Carolina and to his performance. The Panthers were 6-3 SU after more than five times conducted and 0-5 when he did not. All-time, Carolina is 0-7 SU if Cam runs two times or fewer at a game. He becomes even more, when he does not oppose. Also, defenses are able to stack the box and concentrate on containing star running back Christian McCaffrey.
If these tendencies are known by me, I guarantee you that Rivera does. He should believe a hurt Cam is far better than a healthy Will Grier or Kyle Allen.
Kyler Murray became the second quarterback in NFL history to pass for over 300 yards in his first two career matches. And he doesn’t even require a decent offensive line to support him. Coach Kliff Kingsbury loves to line up Murray . In such sets, he uses a running back in David Johnson who is very comfortable to leave the backfield and also make himself available from the brief passing game, thereby effectively giving Murray five wide receivers.
These sets provide with which to extend the field the ball and more options to throw. He enjoys to hit outside or slants routes before stress arrives and has a quick release. After he gets the opportunity, in addition, he flexes his accurate deep passing particularly to Christian Kirk, that has among the league’s greatest exploded and burst scores and ranks 14th in grab radius.
Carolina’s pass defense ranks 12th in conflicting passer rating despite confronting Jared Goff, that appears stuck in the identical funk that plagued him last year, also Jameis Winston, who dominates his offensive coordinator from year Dirk Koetter.
The Panther pass protection may be leading, though, and it wouldn’t matter when it’s to spend as much time on the field because Carolina’s offense is so inept and inefficient with Cam. Arizona design will put additional burden on its endurance.
Best Pick: Cardinals +3 (-125) with Bovada

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