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2015 NFC Wild Card Weekend: NFL Playoff Betting Lines and Predictions

2015 NFC Wild Card Weekend: NFL Playoff Betting Lines and Predictions
National Football League NFC Wild Card Weekend action is our focus today as Arizona visits Carolina at 4:20 PM on Saturday, January 3, prior to Dallas hosting Detroit at 4:40 PM ET on Sunday, January 4, 2015. Happy New Year Everybody!

Prowling Carolina Panthers host free-falling Arizona Cardinals

While Carolina won the weak NFC South, earning a playoff spot with a 7-8-1 record, getting to the party is all that matters. Heading into December with a 3-8-1 record and riding a six game losing streak, the Panthers closed out their season with wins over the Saints, Buccaneers, Browns and Falcons by a 110-43 margin. Talk that Carolina is a possible Super Bowl XLIX contender is somewhat unwarranted though. Arizona was hoping for a better playoff fate, like at least one home game, but loses to Seattle and San Francisco by a combined 55-23 margin sends the Cardinals out on the road. The Cards were 4-4 as visitors and are in tough at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday.

Road and offensively challenged Lions meet a cruising Cowboys club at AT&T Stadium

Behind one of the youngest and best offensive lines in football the new “triplets” in Dallas, QB Tony Romo, RB DeMarco Murray and WR Dez Bryant, all enjoyed a career year. It showed in the standings as the Cowboys cruised to a 12-4 record and captured the NFC East title. Dallas closed their season with four straight wins by a 165-79 margin. Detroit (11-5) had a steady season as the Lions defense stepped up and led the Motor City Cats to the final Wild Card spot. Despite having gunslinger Matthew Stafford under center, plus a rock solid WR dual in Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, the Lions finished 22nd with 20.1 points per game – Dallas was 5th with a 29.2 PPG average.

NFC Wild Card Prediction: A Wild Card Weekend home win is certainly well within the Panthers grasp. Arizona, as we discussed earlier this month, is running out of healthy horses. Dallas has played some really bad defensive squads recently, the Eagles, Giants and Bears rank 28, 29, and 30th, so the second overall Lions D will be a challenge. That said, Stafford is 0-17 all-time on the road against teams with a winning record – yikes! Playoff experience is rare here as Dallas and Arizona last made the postseason in 2009 while Carolina (2013) and Detroit (2011) have one appearance each during that time span. As such, let’s tread lightly by backing Carolina straight up and Detroit getting points with a 400 unit two-team parlay on the wagering lines posted at the sportsbook.

Arizona vs Carolina – NFL Playoff Odds – Detroit vs Dallas

Arizona vs Carolina - NFL Playoff Odds - Detroit vs Dallas 

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