The Carolina Panthers will be taking on the New Orleans Saints once again this coming Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with kickoff set for 4:40 PM EST. The lines opened with a 5.5 point spread for the Saints to cover, which has since climbed to 6.5 points; and a 48.5 point game total, which has yet to change. The bettors are siding with New Orleans to cover that spread as well with 57% of them backing the Saints and 43% going against them in favor of Carolina.
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The Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 January games, 3-9 in their last 12 games vs. NFC South, and 7-3 in their last 10 road games. Their O/U trends are 4-1 in their last 5 playoff games, 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. NFC South, and 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. They also stand 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings with the Saints when in New Orleans.
The Saints are 4-0 in their last 4 January games, 13-4 in their last 17 games vs. NFC South, and 2-5 in their last 7 games overall. Their O/U trends are 15-6-1 in their last 22 home games, 8-3-1 in their last 12 playoff games, and 5-0 in their last 5 playoff home games. The two also share an O/U trend of 4-0 in their last 4 meetings when in New Orleans.
The Panthers lost to Atlanta last Monday 22-10 with Cam Newton going 14-34 for 180 yards, a score, and 3 picks. He also led the rushing with 11 carries for 59 yards while Devin Funchess led the receivers with 2 catches for 48 yards and a score. New Orleans also lost their last game 31-24 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Monday with Drew Brees going 22-30 for 245 yards and a score. Alvin Kamara led the ground with 9 carries for 44 yards and a score while Michael Thomas led the receivers with 6 receptions for 94 yards.
Our Free NFL Prediction: Both teams will be missing some players for this game, most notably is safety Kurt Coleman for the Panthers and DE Trey Hendrickson and OT Terron Armstead for the Saints. Be that as it may, I’m still going to say the Saints are covering this spread simply because Carolina doesn’t have much luck with beating them; especially at home. Carolina needs to find a solution to Kamara and Mark Ingram and to also pressure Brees’ passing game but it’s not one of their strong-suits. Furthermore; the Saints’ defense is no pushover and if Newton plays like he did last Monday, there’s no doubt in my mind that the Saints will be running away with this one. I say take New Orleans to cover.