The Arizona Cardinals got straight back to winning last week with less than a full lineup. Some football betting lines felt shockwaves when they beat a division rival without Kyler Murray. Now for Week 10, Arizona is missing more critical pieces for the Panthers vs. Cardinals.
Many bettors wonder if the Cardinals can keep up the scoring trends to win again at home. Take a look at Arizona’s chances of repeating the effort with more starters sidelined.
Arizona Cardinals Injuries
Veteran backup quarterback Colt McCoy went into hostile territory and played brilliantly. He completed 84.6% of his passes for 249 yards and one touchdown. His performance was all the more surprising given the starters he was missing on offense.
But on the first play from scrimmage, Chase Edmonds went down with a high ankle sprain. As a result, the lead running back will miss Week 10 and may be out for several more weeks. Nevertheless, James Conner kept the running game strong with help from Eno Benjamin.
DeAndre Hopkins missed last week’s game also with a hamstring problem. His status for Week 10 is day-to-day, though they did get A.J. Green back.
So down a rusher and two receivers, the Cardinals also lost a couple of critical linemen. Offensive linemen Justin Pugh and Max Garcia both left the game early last week. Their status is still questionable.
Then there was long snapper, Aaron Brewer, to go down next. The Arizona Cardinals are auditioning replacements.
The Arizona Cardinals aren’t the only team to get hit with the injury bug. This week’s opponent lost Sam Darnold to a shoulder injury that could sideline him for the season. So XFL veteran P.J. Walker gets his first start of the year unless newly signed Cam Newton is immediately pressed into action.
The Panthers are a better defensive unit, ranked 2nd in yards against per game. Yet star lineman Brian Burns suffered an ankle injury. On a controversial play against the Patriots, Burns’ ankle got pulled by Mac Jones on a broken play.
Carolina is sitting just outside a wild card spot at 4-5. Yet, it will be difficult for them to leapfrog the pack. But it also makes them a dangerous opponent not to take lightly.
Panthers vs. Cardinals
There is a chance that some of the walking wounded could return in Week 10. Kyler Murray wants to get back in action, but it will be a game-time decision. Coach Kingsbury is taking a lesson from last year and not pushing his charges too early.
The Cardinals still have two games to get to their bye week. Getting there healthier will do them better for the playoffs. Still, the Cardinals need to keep winning with the Rams hanging close.
DeAndre Hopkins may get cleared to play against the Panthers. A.J. Green is also a possible starter, but the Arizona Cardinals have proven they can win with replacements.
Last week, Colt McCoy wasn’t the only player to step up to the challenge. Christian Kirk had another solid game, and Rondale Moore filled in with five catches. In addition, James Conner scored three touchdowns, with two on the ground and one reception.
Cardinals Can Score
Whoever is behind center will have an excellent Panthers defense to contend with this Sunday. But the Arizona Cardinals already stood the test against a good 49ers squad. If nothing else, the Cardinals have proven they can score with anyone in the lineup.
Yet, with playoff positions still on the line, the Panthers won’t go quietly. So who do you think will come out on top this Sunday? Open an account today to take part in BetMGM’s King of the Weekend promo, where you could win $50,000 by predicting the six teams that score the most points this week.