NFC Wildcard Weekend Early Look

The NFL regular season has concluded. This weekend the wildcard games take place. In the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers will be laying points in their respective home games.

Carolina earned its berth in the postseason with a blowout victory over Atlanta in the Georgia Dome on Sunday, despite finishing the season under .500 at 7-8-1.

Carolina will be laying points against the Arizona Cardinals whom have an overall record of 11-5.

Bovada and betonline opened the line with Carolina favored by 4.5 points by that has been bet up to 5 points.

The total on topbet and opened and stayed on stayed on 39.

Arizona finished its regular season at 11-5 ATS, which was the best in the NFL. The Cardinals were 4-2 ATS as a road dog, with the two non-covers at Seattle and at Denver.

However, some will have to think twice prior to backing Arizona, whose situation at quarterback remains nothing less than a mess.

The Cardinals hope that Drew Stanton will return after he missed the past two games due to an injured knee.

Ryan Lindley played in Stanton’s absence and lost two straight games to the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

Carolina is 4-1 straight up and 2-3 against the spread this season as a favorite at home.

Pick: Carolina 27-17

In the second NFC wildcard game, perhaps a bit more intriguing is the matchup on Sunday between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions. Dallas opened as a 6.5-point home favorite. The point total is sitting on 48.5.

This season at home as a favorite the Cowboys were 3-3 SU as well as 2-4 ATS.

Over the Cowboys past 20 games as a home favorite Dallas is just 5-15 ATS since November of 2011.

Those who like the better defense that is getting points will look at Detroit. However, the Lions are only 2-3 ATS as road dog this season.

Dallas is coming off a big win over NFC East rivals the Washington Redskins. The offense for Dallas is very balanced with Tony Romo having another strong season. However, it has been the play of running back DeMarco Murray who has been the team’s best offensive weapon. Murray ran for 1875 years on the season to break a single season rushing record at Dallas that had been held by Emmitt Smith.

Prediction: Dallas 34-28

The AFC games have the Baltimore Ravens visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals visiting the Indianapolis Colts.

Tomorrow those games will be reviewed with a prediction for both.