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Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints Pick & Prediction JAN 2TH 2022

NFL | FOOTBALL
TV: FOX
Logo Carolina Panthers
VS
Logo New Orleans Saints
48
OPENNER
-6.5

39.5o -110
CURRENT
-7 +100

+240
MONEYLINE
-280

10
SCORE
18

The NFL is coming to a close, and we're in the final two weeks. This matchup between the Panthers and the Saints could be a crucial one for playoff hopes.

The Carolina Panthers are essentially ruled out, but the Saints have a chance. Carolina has now lost five straight games after being throttled by the Buccaneers. Can they spoil the Saints playoff chances on Sunday?

The New Orleans Saints haven't been much better over their last eight games. They've gone 2-6 in their last eight games and are coming off a loss to the Dolphins. Currently, the Saints have a 7-8 record and will need a lot of help to get into the playoffs.

However, we can't count them out just yet. They'll need a big win against the Panthers this week to get started off on the right foot.

Panthers vs. Saints Betting Lines

TV: FOX

MONEY LINE: Panthers (+257) vs. Saints (-293)

SPREAD: Panthers +7 (-110) vs. Saints -7 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 39.5 (-110) vs. Under 39.5 (-110)

Panthers vs. Saints Preview, Trends and Stats

The Panthers' difficulties are coming from a multitude of different areas. Their defense started the season off great but has fallen off since. Their offense lacks identity, and they've now switched back to Sam Darnold as the starter.

Another huge issue is all of the injuries the team has been hit with. They also have a ton of players on the COVID-19 list.

With so much trouble going on in Carolina, it's hard to imagine them winning any games. However, we know that this team is capable of winning huge games.

Five weeks ago, they beat the Arizona Cardinals 34-10. To beat the Saints, they'll need every person in the lineup to step up their game. If not, the Saints should be able to walk away with this one.

Another team dealing with a plethora of injuries is the New Orleans Saints. Both Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian, the starting QB's, are listed as "out." This means that Ian Book will yet again get the nod as the starter.

The good news is he'll have Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram to rely on in Sunday's game. Focusing on the run will be a good move for the Saints in Week 17.

On average, the Carolina Panthers allow 118.47 rushing yards per game. If the Saints can get their running game going, they can open up the passing game later.

It'll be good for Ian Book as well because he won't have as much pressure on him. It's the best bet for the Saints to win the game, but what about covering the spread?

Panthers vs. Saints Prediction (Game Total)

Panthers 10 - Saints 20

After looking at what each of these teams is bringing to the contest, we'll take the Saints. For starters, they're at home, already giving them an advantage.

The Panthers just lost 32-6 to the Buccaneers, so we can't rely on them to score points. Their defense has given up a lot of yards on the ground as well.

Over their last ten games against the Panthers, the Saints are 8-2. Carolina has gone 0-5 against the spread in their last five games as well.

It's going to be tough for the Saints' offense to win by seven, but we like their odds here. Take the home team to win the game and cover the spread.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Carolina is 2-8 SU in their last ten games against New Orleans.

2. The total has gone UNDER in five of New Orleans' last five games.

3. Cameron Jordan for the New Orleans Saints is out indefinitely (COVID-19).

Best Bet: Under 39.5 Points

PREDICTION
Carolina Panthers
15
22
New Orleans Saints

Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another as the host New Orleans Saints held off the visiting Carolina Panthers 27-24 on Sunday afternoon.

Brees completed 29 of 36 passes for 287 yards as the Saints (4-2) won their third consecutive game, defeating their NFC South rivals who fell to 3-4.

Teddy Bridgewater, who backed up Brees the last two seasons before signing with the Panthers in the offseason, completed 23 of 28 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns.

Wil Lutz's 43-yard field goal with 7:59 remaining gave New Orleans a 27-24 lead.

Bridgewater, who helped lead the Saints to a 5-0 record while Brees was sidelined by a thumb injury last season, drove Carolina to the New Orleans 38. But he was sacked by Marcus Davenport on third down at the 47.

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule sent Joey Slye out to try what would have been an NFL-record 65-yard field goal, but Slye's kick fell just short and the Saints ran out the clock.

Lutz's 41-yard field goal gave the Saints a 24-17 lead midway through the third quarter.

Curtis Samuel's 5-yard touchdown run pulled the Panthers even at the end of the third quarter.

The Saints held the football for more than eight minutes on the game's first possession, driving to Brees' 4-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook on the 14th play of the drive.

Slye's 43-yard field goal on the ensuing possession cut the lead to 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Brees leaped 1 yard for a touchdown before Bridgewater threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Moore, trimming the lead to 14-10.

After a fumble by Brees, Bridgewater's 7-yard touchdown pass to Moore gave the Panthers their first lead at 17-14 with 1:44 left in the half.

Brees then drove the Saints 75 yards in the final minute and half, throwing a 4-yard touchdown to Deonte Harris with two seconds left in the quarter to take a 21-17 halftime lead.

The Saints allowed season ticket-holders into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the first time this season and the attendance was capped at 3,000.

--Field Level Media

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