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NFL Wild Card: Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers

NFL wild card action includes the Cardinals and Panthers in a second round NFL playoffs betting matchup.
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NFL wild card bettors were impressed last week with Arizona while Carolina had a NFL playoffs betting bye.  The Arizona Cardinals got a strong NFL wild card win over Atlanta last week 30-24 as 1.5-point home favorites.

The win did a lot to give the Cardinals much needed NFL divisional playoffs credibility.  Heading into NFL wild card action there was considerable talk that the Cardinals were the worst team in the playoffs and unworthy of having a home game.

But Arizona quieted their critics in last week’s NFL wild card game as they out-gained Atlanta 357-250 and held a 3-1 takeaway advantage.  Quarterback Kurt Warner had a nice NFL wild card game with 271 yards passing and 2 TD’s.  Arizona’s NFL playoffs betting asset is that 4th ranked offense that Warner leads.

The receiving trio of Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston each had over 1000 yards for the season.  Last week Fitzgerald and Boldin caught TD passes and are definite NFL wild card assets.  The Carolina Panthers enter NFL playoffs betting as one of the favorites.

The Panthers earned a bye from last week’s NFL wild card action as they had a record of 12-4- straight up and 9-6-1 against the spread.  The Panthers enter NFL divisional playoffs action as one of the hottest teams on the board as they went 4-1 both straight up and against the spread down the stretch.

Carolina’s main asset against their NFL wild card opponent would be their 10th ranked offense.  DeAngelo Williams rushed for 1515 yards and 18 TD’s to lead the Panthers.  Jake Delhomme enters second round NFL wild card action as something of a question mark as he finished the season with an 84.7 rating and a shaky 15/12 TD/INT ratio.

Carolina’s 19th ranked defense is another NFL wild card concern.  The Panthers were a strong 7-2-1 as a chalk in 2008.  On October 26 of this season Carolina beat Arizona 27-23 but failed to cover as 5.5-point home chalks.  The game went over the posted total of 43.

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