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NFL – Arizona Cardinals v Carolina Panthers

Monday January 25, 7.40 am, Bank Of America Stadium

Weather Partly Cloudy 6 Degrees– Outdoor stadium

Game rating –  Cardinals 28 v Panthers 30

The battle for the NFC Championship is destined to be a thriller with two of the best performed teams in the NFL set to do battle in Charlotte.  These two teams did not play each other throughout this season with the Panthers finishing the season 16-1 and the Cardinals 14-3.  The Panthers were magnificent early in the Divisional match last week, sprinting to an early 31-0 lead at half time over the Seahawks who then charged home to only get beaten (24-31). For the Cardinals it was a tight encounter throughout with the Packers up 13-7 midway through the third quarter before the match ended in OT and the Cardinals were able to win (20-26).


The Panthers have a healthy 4-1 record at home against the Cardinals and are 5-0 ATS past five home games.  The Cardinals are also good on the road, going 5-0 SU past five games.  Statistically there is not a lot between these two teams.  The battle of the Quarterbacks will see the crafty veteran Carson Palmer for the Cardinals doing battle with hot-shot Cam Newton from Carolina.  Both teams are strong in the offense with the Panthers the NFL leading scorers at 31 points per game and the Cardinals 30, so expect this to be an OVER.

Two major concerns for the Cardinals is they are coming off an overtime game last week with travel and they do seem to have more players recovering from game day injuries than the Panthers.  Panthers to win in a tight game.

Suggested Bets

Option 1 – Carolina Panthers to win at $1.60.

Option 2 – HT/FT double-any other result $3.10

Option 3 – Game Total Over 47.5 at $1.90

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