Carolina opened as 3.5-point favorites in Arizona. But, since bettors are affected strongly by the things they view and since they watched Carolina quarterback Cam Newton play very sloppily on Thursday night, the lineup is already down to 2.5 in many books, while +3 lingers at Bovada. I suggest before it drops 11, pouncing on the amount.
As the Panthers are 1-7 ATS in the last eight matches with him under center betting from Cam-led Carolina has created consistent gain.
Near the conclusion of last season, Cam struggled to finish passes downfield and he threw at least one interception in each of his past six matches. Two weeks into this season is currently putting up numbers concerning stats such as passer rating and completion percentage.
He is surrounded by questions particularly concerning his shoulder and his foot. He’s also trying to create new casting mechanisms and find rhythm following offseason injury issues prevented him from getting near his usual prep time with the crime.
Coach Ron Rivera could lie all he desires as no trainer could be idiotic enough in his position to reveal Cam harm issues. Nonetheless, it’s clear that Cam has a few and it’s apparent by continuing to trot him out that Rivera is doing his very best Mark belief.
Whether his passing is being affected by the harm of Cam is more difficult to discern. His moves may be looking awful as a result of his changing mechanisms. Nevertheless, it’s clear that Cam isn’t currently running and the only potential explanation must be injury-related. Since 2015, 100 quarterback sneaks have been performed by Cam. They’re a known strength of Newton, who in their own career has transformed 83 percent of 1-3 yards-to-go scenarios through the sneak.
Newton also hasn’t been operating in general, which is essential to the of Carolina’s offense and to his performance. The Panthers were 0-5 if he did not and 6-3 SU after he ran over five times. All-time, Carolina is currently 0-7 SU if two times or fewer runs in a match. When he does not scramble, he becomes more of an static passer, which is not his personality. Defenses can stack the box and concentrate on containing superstar running back Christian McCaffrey.
If I understand these trends, I guarantee you which Rivera does. He should feel that a hurt Cam is far better than a Will Grier or Kyle Allen.
Kyler Murray became the next quarterback in NFL history to pass for over 300 yards in his first two career games. And he does not even require an adequate offensive line to encourage him. Coach Kliff Kingsbury loves to lineup Murray upward in shotgun in four wide receiver sets. In these places, he implements a running back in David Johnson who is very comfortable to leave the backfield and make himself available in the short passing game, thus effectively giving Murray five wide receivers.
These collections provide the ball along with more options to throw with which to stretch the area. He has a quick release and likes to hit routes before pressure arrives. If he gets the opportunity, he also flexes his accurate deep passing particularly to Christian Kirk, that has among the league’s greatest burst and agility scores and ranks 14th in catch radius.
Carolina’s pass defense ranks 12th in opposing passer rating despite facing Jared Goff, that appears stuck in the exact identical funk that plagued him last year, and Jameis Winston, who dominates his offensive coordinator from past year Dirk Koetter.
The Panther pass protection may be stellar, though, and it would not matter when it has to spend so much time on the area because Carolina’s crime is so awkward and wasteful with Cam. Arizona’s up-tempo design will put additional weight.
Greatest Pick: Cardinals +3 (-125) using Bovada