Panthers come back from bye week, but should they?

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals NFL Week 8 Odds

The Carolina Panthers look like their namesake in a third world zoo, and will return to action – and we use the word very freely – this Sunday, October 30th versus the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium. Here are the online NFL betting odds for that game:

Cardinals +2½ (EV) 48 (-110)
Panthers -2½ (-120) 48 (-110)

The Cardinals (3-3-1) achieved a feat that had not been seen since 2015 when they tied 6-6 with the Seattle Seahawks. Arizona dominated the game on paper and seemed poised to win it after starting QB Carson Palmer hit wide receiver J.J. Nelson with a 40-yard pass that set up what could have and should have been a winning field goal by kicker Chandler Catanzaro. However, Catanzaro – who made field goals of 46 and 45 yards during regulation – missed the 24-yard kick that would have given the Cards the overtime win. Palmer threw 29 of 49 for 342 yards with no TDs or interceptions. Arizona running back David Johnson rushed for 113 yards on 33 carries and had a career-best 41 touches. Johnson also had eight receptions for 58 yards. The Cards outgained Seattle 443 to 257 yards.

The Panthers (1-5) did not lose last week, but that’s probably because they were on bye more than anything else. Carolina has dropped four straight games, most recently a 38-41 defeat to the New Orleans Saints in week 6. Panthers starting QB Cam Newton finished 27 of 47 for 322 yards with two TDs. Additionally, he ran for a two-yard score that tied the game at 38 with 2:58 remaining, thus leading the Panthers to rally after trailing by 21 points. On the downside, Newton threw an interception in the back of the end zone in the first half, and which would prove to be very costly for Carolina in the long run.

Carolina online NFL betting fans who spend time on football betting sites can only hope the Panthers spent that week off trying Super Bowl hangover remedies. I would suggest a hair of the dog that bit them, but they already played and lost to the Denver Broncos. Newton has a 57.8 completion percentage, has thrown for eight TDs and six picks, and has run for another three scores. In addition to that, he has been hit like a piñata during Cinco de Mayo. As a matter of fact, the whole Panthers backfield has been beaten worse than the Spartans at the Thermopylae. Still, Jonathan Stewart has rushed for 158 yards and three scores and Fozzy ‘Bear’ Whittaker has rushed for 185 yards, while Greg Olsen has had 39 interceptions with 2 TDs and Kelvin Benjamin has 29 receptions and four scores.

There is no denying that the Cards outmatched the Seahawks, but they also showed online NFL betting fans that that’s not enough to win a game. Moreover, the Panthers had a week’s rest and will have home field advantage. All things considered, this game on Sunday could be a very even affair, and Carolina does have an outside chance of snapping that losing streak.