Game Predictions & Player Projections - ARI vs CAR

Game Predictions & Player Projections - ARI vs CAR


Game Predictions & Player Projections - ARI vs CAR


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Prediction: ARI 10, CAR 26 (Line: CAR by 6)

The 11-5 Cardinals lost four of their final six games and are only 4-4 in road games. The 7-8-1 Panthers are 4-4 at home and on a four game winning streak. The Cardinals would have to play lights out on defense to compensate for the shortcomings of a very injured offense.

Arizona Cardinals

1 SD 18-17 10 STL 31-14
2 @NYG 25-14 11 DET 14-6
3 SF 23-14 12 @SEA 3-19
4 BYE —— 13 @ATL 18-29
5 @DEN 20-41 14 KC 17-14
6 WAS 30-20 15 @STL 12-6
7 @OAK 24-13 16 SEA 6-35
8 PHI 24-20 17 @SF 17-20
9 @DAL 29-17  
News | Statistics | Roster
ARI @ CAR Rush Catch Pass
QB Ryan Lindley 210,1
RB Kerwynn Williams 50
RB Stepfan Taylor 20 1-10
WR Larry Fitzgerald 5-30
WR John Brown 4-30,1
WR Michael Floyd 5-60
PK Chandler Cantanzaro 1 FG 1 XP

It is a shame that the Cardinals offense was hit so hard by injuries because overall the team belongs in the playoffs and doesn’t need all that much help to win games. But now that the stakes are higher and the opponents better and the Cards have to play away from home, they can only hope to keep the score close and the problem is that the Cards defensive strengths don’t match up as well against the Panthers.

QUARTERBACK : The Cardinals are still highly unlikely to get Drew Stanton back this week since his knee continues to be an issue and even if he did play he’s not a difference maker. Instead of using Logan Thomas last week, the Cards opted to go with Ryan Lindley who responded with 316 yards and two scores in San Francisco along with three interceptions.

RUNNING BACK : Kerwynn Williams offered some help last week when he ran for 67 yards on 17 carries in San Francisco while Stepfan Taylor only managed 26 yards on seven runs. The Cardinals have never done much passing to the running backs other than Andre Ellington and that leaves this unit with only marginal stats.

WIDE RECEIVER : This unit became marginal as soon as Carson Palmer left and had not scored a touchdown by any of the three starters since week 11. But Michael Floyd had his best game of the year with eight catches for 153 yards and two scores on the 49ers. Floyd spent the 12 previous games with all but one gaining fewer than 60 yards. Larry Fitzgerald has not topped 35 yards in any of the last five games and hasn’t scored. No different for John Brown who lost all his fantasy value back in week 12. Lindley managed to make Floyd come to life but that was a rare exception and no other receiver stepped up.

TIGHT END : No fantasy help – John Carlson caught the only touchdown thrown to a tight end this year and never had much yardage.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Panthers have allowed only one passing touchdown per visitor for the last five home games and Lindley ranks behind every other quarterback the Panthers have faced. The Panthers have only allowed two runners to score on them in Carolina this year and the Cardinals rushing effort with Ellington takes a major step backwards anyway. If any touchdown happens here, it almost has to be on a throw to a wideout but anything more than one touchdown would be a big success against a Panthers team that is peaking now.

Gaining Fantasy Points ARI 25 22 17 27 16 5
Preventing Fantasy Points CAR 21 19 20 14 16 20

Carolina Panthers

1 @TB 20-14 10 @PHI 21-45
2 DET 24-7 11 ATL 17-19
3 PIT 19-37 12 BYE —-
4 @BAL 10-38 13 @MIN 13-31
5 CHI 31-24 14 @NO 41-10
6 @CIN 37-37 15 TB 19-17
7 @GB 17-38 16 CLE 17-13
8 SEA 9-13 17 @ATL 34-3
9 NO 10-29  
News | Statistics | Roster
CAR vs ARI Rush Catch Pass
QB Cam Newton 60,1 210,1
RB Jonathan Stewart 70 2-10
TE Greg Olsen 6-70,1
WR Jerricho Cotchery 5-40
WR Kelvin Benjamin 4-50
WR Philly Brown 2-20
PK Graham Gano 4 FG 2 XP

The Panthers crushed the Falcons last week despite losing to them when they visited Carolina. It was a sign that the Panthers were getting into peak playoff shape and that the defense was back in form after starting the year on a far less dominant note. The Panthers have not allowed more than 17 points since week 13 and that bodes well against the Cardinals who sport the weakest offense in the playoffs.

QUARTERBACK : Cam Newton hasn’t thrown for a lot of yardage in recent weeks even though he had three passing scores in New Orleans and scored in each of the last six games that he played. But he is rushing again and scored via a run in each of the last three games along with at least 50 rushing yards in each. Newton is finally back to being a true dual threat.

RUNNING BACK : DeAngelo Williams missed the last four games with a hand injury but is expected back this week. How that will work has not been divulged and Jonathan Stewart is rushing better than he has in years. He turned in 100+ yards efforts against the Saints and Browns along with 73 yards versus the Buccaneers all of which is astronomic for one of the weakest rushing units in the NFL. Stewart was held to only 49 yards on 13 runs last week and has minimal involvement as a receiver.

WIDE RECEIVER : The passing effort – aside from Greg Olsen – begins and ends with Kelvin Benjamin who already scored nine times this year and broke 100 yards in three games. No other wideout has more than two scores and no other wideout comes remotely close in yardage. Jerricho Cotchery is the other starter who has just one touchdown on the season. and hasn’t gained more than 50 yards in the last seven games.

TIGHT END : Greg Olsen was certainly more productive earlier in the year when he scored five times in the first six games but he’s a big factor in the passing game whenever the Panthers have to throw. He already turned in three games with more than 100 yards. His biggest games have been on the road since the Panthers had to throw more in away games.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Panthers will have only moderate rushing success at best though Newton can make a big difference as a runner. But with Kelvin the lone concern for the defense that sports two very good corners already, you have to expect Olsen to shine here since tight ends are the only weakness in the pass defense. Newton and Olsen should end up with decent stats but the rest are far less likely.

Gaining Fantasy Points CAR 8 31 23 6 14 23
Preventing Fantasy Points ARI 24 4 22 30 9 2

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