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New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 25th 2022

NFL | FOOTBALL
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Logo New Orleans Saints
VS
Logo Carolina Panthers
0
OPENNER
42.5

-2.5 -106
CURRENT
40.5o -110

-149
MONEYLINE
+125

0
SCORE
0

Currently second in the NFC South, the New Orleans Saints have a 1-1 record. Last week, they were easily taken down by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20-10). Looking to bounce back in week 3, they’ll face another NFC South team, the Carolina Panthers. This game is a much more favorable match-up for the Saints. Although they’re on the road, they’re three-point favorites.

Coming in as the underdogs, the Carolina Panthers are 0-2 to start the season. They lost 19-16 to the New York Giants last week and we might see a move at the quarterback spot. Baker Mayfield is currently the starter, but he’s struggled to earn a win this season. Both of the Panthers first two games were narrow losses. Can they secure a win in week 3?

Saints vs. Panthers Odds

TV: FOX

MONEY LINE: Saints (-155) vs. Panthers (+135)

SPREAD: Saints -3 (-106) vs. Panthers +3 (-114)

GAME TOTAL: Over 40.5 (-110) vs. Under 40.5 (-110)

Saints vs. Panthers Preview, Stats and Trends

Before we can recommend which team to pick, we have to take a look at how they’ve performed. Last week, the New Orleans Saints struggled to move the ball against the Buccaneers defense. They scored once in the first quarter and not again until the fourth.

Their defense kept the game close, however, giving the Saints a chance to win. Unfortunately for them, their offense didn’t look nearly as good as it did in week 1. Quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 236 yards, but threw three interceptions to go with a touchdown.

This week, the Saints are facing a Panthers defense that allows an average of 22.5 points per game. If Winston can calm down and protect the ball, they’ll be in much better shape. We’d also like to see them run the ball more, considering they’re averaging 129.5 rushing yards per game.

The Carolina Panthers seem to have some chemistry issues to start the season. To be fair, this is normal, considering Baker Mayfield was added to the roster late in the offseason. Perhaps they haven’t been able to iron out all of the offensive kinks that they’ve run into so far.

Week 2 saw the Panthers go neck and neck with the New York Giants. This should be a cause for concern considering the Giants don’t have a strong offense. Christian McCaffrey earned 102 rushing yards, but was unable to score a touchdown. Carolina scored nine points on field goals.

The Saints pose a much more significant threat than the Giants did. Through the air, the Saints have averaged 220 passing yards per game. They’re also a top-ten rushing team in the league. For Carolina to stay in this game, their defense will need to keep the Saints out of the endzone.

Saints vs. Panthers Prediction (ATS and O/U)

This game isn’t an easy one to bet on since neither team has a significant edge over the other. Winston is a volatile quarterback that can easily throw several interceptions in the game. The main difference is the Saints have much more chemistry as an offense. We saw this in their game against the Atlanta Falcons, one they won 27-26.

The Saints have had to face all of their NFC South rivals to start the season. This is a tough feat, but we think they’ll come away with a win over the Panthers. Since they’re only three-point favorites, we’ll go with the Saints on the road. We’ll also take the over since we expect a big game from Winston and WR Michael Thomas.

Final Score: 33-20 (Saints)

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Carolina Panthers are 0-9 against the spread in their last nine games.

2. The total has gone OVER in seven of the Panthers' last 10 games.

3. The New Orleans Saints are 5-1 in their last six games against the Carolina Panthers.

Best Bet: New Orleans Saints -3 (-106) and Over 40.5 (-110)

PREDICTION
New Orleans Saints
22
20
Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers Recap SEP 19TH 2021

Sam Darnold threw two touchdown passes and the Carolina Panthers rode a solid first half to a 26-7 victory against the visiting New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte, N.C.

Carolina's defense was stingy, so the team's 17-0 halftime lead allowed the Panthers (2-0) to win at home for the second week in a row.

The Saints (1-1) managed only 128 yards of total offense on a day that several members of the coaching staff were absent due to COVID-19 protocols.

Jameis Winston of the Saints was limited to 111 yards on 11-of-22 passing with two interceptions after tossing five touchdown passes a week earlier in a rout of the Green Bay Packers.

The Saints didn't get on the board until Winston's 8-yard scramble on the second snap of the fourth quarter. That came after Darnold's fumble gave New Orleans the ball at the Carolina 18.

On their next possession, the Saints failed to pick up a first down. The Panthers sealed it on Christian McCaffrey's 11-yard touchdown run with 5:53 to play and later added Zane Gonzalez's 42-yard field goal.

Darnold completed 26 of 38 passes for 305 yards with one interception as Carolina won for only the second time in the last 10 meetings with the Saints.

The Panthers struck on their opening possession with Darnold connecting with Brandon Zylstra on a 20-yard TD.

Gonzalez, in his first game with Carolina, made it 10-0 with a 20-yard field goal.

Then with 1:55 left in the half, DJ Moore made a 2-yard TD catch from Darnold to stretch the lead.

The Saints had only 65 yards of total offense in the first half, with 31 coming on their last possession before the break. That drive ended when Winston was picked off by Juston Burris.

Even a blocked field goal that gave the Saints possession in Carolina territory in the third quarter didn't help matters. They turned the ball back over on downs after losing 2 yards on that possession.

McCaffrey finished with 72 rushing yards and 65 receiving yards. Moore posted a game-high 79 receiving yards.

--Field Level Media

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