Panthers 20, Cardinals 13
The Cardinals just traded away left tackle Levi Brown, but he isn’t the player this season he has been in the past, giving up four sacks already this season. The Panthers improved at weakside linebacker by inserting Chase Blackburn into the starting lineup and parting with Jon Beason, who has been poor in pass coverage after his injury problems. Arizona won’t be able to run the ball and the Carolina defensive line will be able to pin their ears back and attack the quarterback.
Pick to Click: Greg Hardy. With the Brown trade, Hardy’s job this weekend just got a whole lot easier and he’s coming off a three sack performance against New York. Bradley Sowell, the new left tackle, is more athletic but far less experienced. Four sacks this week? Release the Krakken!
Panthers 27, Cardinals 9
You can find Joe’s thoughts on the game here.
Pick to Click: Hardy. Hardy continues his quest for 50 sacks and gets 2.5 more today to go with a forced fumble.
Panthers 24, Cardinals 13
Carolina is coming out of the bye week with some major momentum after the Giants game. The Panthers are looking to show that they are a team that is not to be messed with. Arizona can only attack through the air and Rashard Mendenhall has been a non factor running the football. Larry Fitzgerald is supposedly 100 percent after a minor hamstring injury, but the offensive line is weak after the Cards traded away Brown.
Pick to Click: Hardy, Charles Johnson, Star Lotulelei. Look for the Panthers defensive line to cause havoc.
Cardinals 24, Panthers 23
As much as I want to believe what we saw against the Giants will continue I’m skeptical. This seems like a game Panther fans think is a gimme, but Arizona has a stout defense and outside of the game against New York, Carolina’s offense has been anemic. This will follow the same script we have seen from the Panthers over the past three seasons. Team has lead going into fourth quarter but ultimately trips over their own feet leaving the desert 1-3 allowing the fire Ron Rivera movement to gain steam again.
Pick to Click: Palmer. Call this his revenge game for getting knocked out by Hardy last year. The line will hold just enough for him to connect with Fitzgerald and Malcom Floyd for some big throws.