Sunday Line Playoff Chatter, Take 2: Cardinals at Panthers
Cardinals (+10) at Panthers
Des: Gotta luv Vegas. They know that no one thinks the Cards can make it all the way to the NFC championship game, so they're jacking up the price on backing the Panthers. Well, taking double-digit favorites has generally been a sucker's bet this season, and maybe it's also the fact that I'm in John McCain's stomping grounds (hey it only SEEMS like he lost to Obama by double-digits), but I'll take Arizona
Matt: And he's right, taking double-digit favorites has been a sucker's bet.
Dave: Des is right about that line. It's awful fat.
Dave: The Cardinals did acquit themselves fairly well in their first trip to Carolina--btw, isn't it a little odd that every game this weekend is a rematch?
Matt: That is odd.
Matt: MIght be raining, according to my SuperDoppler X57802
Dave: Yup. Highs of 58, lows of 36, showers possible. Maybe not very pleasant for my in-laws, who will be in the house
Matt: Also, they Cardinals were crummy on the road this year, tho they did keep it close against the Panthers. Otherwise, their only wins were at the Niners and the Seahawks. CAW!
Dave: CAW! CAW!
Dave: Their run defense was pretty good last week against the Falcons, too, and it's gonna have to be Saturday.
Matt: Yes, because the Panthers have two Michael Turners instead of one.
Dave: And DeAngelo Williams by himself has been something like one and a half Michael Turners lately.
Matt: I think the Panthers will be excited to play at home, where they were unbeaten this year and haven't played in almost a month (Dec. 14 was their last home game).
Matt: They also won their home games by an average of 15 or so points.
Dave: I give the Cardinals very, very little chance of winning this. But they stayed within 4 last time vs. the Panthers. And I think they'll be kind of loosey-goosey. So I'll take Arizona.
Matt: Yeah, that line is so big. And it's so tempting to take the home team. But I just can't do it. Cardinals.
David, Des and Matt
January 9, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
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