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Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints Pick and Preview

Adam Thielen

NFC South Divisional Matchup

Point Spread: Saints -5 | Total Points: 38

This week, the Panthers will look to snap their current five game losing streak with a victory over the Saints. Heading into action, the team has a below .500 record of 1-11. In week 14, the Panthers will be looking to recover from the 21-18 loss they suffered against the Buccaneers. Even with a loss to Tampa Bay, the Panthers did manage to cover the spread. They were 3.5-point underdogs going into the game. With the over/under line set at 37 points, the over hit with a combined 39 points.

If the Saints can pick up a win, they will break their three game losing streak. Heading into action, the team has a below .500 record of 5-7. This week, the Saints will look to bounce back from a 33-28 loss to the Lions. With a 5-point loss, the Saints added a loss to their ATS record as well. They were 4-point underdogs prior to the game. With a set over/under line of 47.5 points, the game concluded with a combined total of 61 points, surpassing the betting line.

Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints History

Head-to-head, the Panthers and Saints faced off two times, with the Panthers going 2-0. Against the spread, the Panthers went 2-0 while the over/under record in these games was 0-2 on an average of 26.5 points per game. Offensively, the Saints averaged 365 yards per game in the head-to-head matchups compared to the Panthers at 248 yards.

The Panthers and Saints did not have any head-to-head matchups last season. But over the last three times playing each other, the Panthers have a record of 2-1. The Panthers also had the edge vs. the spread in these games, at 2-0-1. These games averaged a combined total of 29 points per game, leading to an over/under record of 0-3.

Notable Injuries

Carolina Panthers

  • Justin Houston – Hamstring (Out)
  • Henry Anderson – Foot (Out)
  • Shaq Thompson – Leg (Out)
  • Tarik Cohen – Hamstring (Out)
  • Vonn Bell – Shoulder (Questionable)
  • Austin Corbett – Knee (Out)
  • Hayden Hurst – Concussion (Doubtful)
  • Dicaprio Bootle – Knee (Out)
  • Luiji Vilain – Knee (Out)
  • Tommy Tremble – Hip (Questionable)
  • Brady Christensen – Bicep (Out)
  • Laviska Shenault Jr. – Ankle (Out)
  • Giovanni Ricci – Shoulder (Out)
  • Derek Wright – Knee (Out)
  • Chandler Wooten – Ankle (Out)
  • Chandler Zavala – Knee (Out)
  • Claudin Cherelus – Knee (Out)
  • Troy Hill – Ankle (Questionable)
  • DeShawn Williams – Knee (Questionable)
  • Taylor Moton – Knee (Questionable)
  • Marquis Haynes Sr. – Back (Questionable)
  • Bradley Bozeman – Ankle (Questionable)
  • Stephen Sullivan – Shoulder (Questionable)
  • Yetur Gross-Matos – Hamstring (Questionable)
  • Jeremy Chinn – Quadriceps (Questionable)
  • Jaycee Horn – Hamstring (Questionable)
  • DJ Johnson – Personal (Questionable)

New Orleans Saints

  • Isaiah Foskey – Quad (Questionable)
  • Andrus Peat – Shoulder (Questionable)
  • Ryan Ramczyk – Knee (Probable)
  • Erik McCoy – Shoulder (Probable)
  • Juwan Johnson – Quad (Questionable)
  • Malcolm Roach – Knee (Out)
  • Cameron Jordan – Ankle (Questionable)
  • Taysom Hill – Left Hand/foot (Questionable)
  • Kendre Miller – Ankle (Questionable)
  • Shaquan Davis – Undisclosed (Out)
  • Chris Olave – Illness (Questionable)
  • Derek Carr – Concussion/rib/right Shoulder (Questionable)
  • Trai Turner – Quadriceps (Out)
  • Marcus Maye – Shoulder (Out)
  • Marshon Lattimore – Ankle (Out)
  • Michael Thomas – Knee (Out)
  • Ryan Connelly – Knee (Out)
  • Rashid Shaheed – Thigh (Questionable)
  • Payton Turner – Toe (Out)
  • Pete Werner – Shoulder/oblique (Questionable)
  • Andrew Dowell – Knee (Out)
  • Eno Benjamin – Achilles (Out)

Keys To Victory: Carolina Panthers

For this season, the Carolina offense has an average of 15.9 points per game, placing them at 26th in the league. Bryce Young, the quarterback for the game, holds the 25th rank among quarterbacks in passing yards. His passer rating, 73.1, positions him at 48th within his position. His completion rate stands at 60.6%. A major reason for the team’s lack of offense is their inability to generate production with the rushing attack. Heading into today’s game, the team’s below-average number of rush attempts has turned into an average of just 96 rushing yards per game.

Keys To Victory: New Orleans Saints

New Orleans’ offense is 16th in the league, with an average of 21.4 points per contest. Against the Panthers, Derek Carr will get the start for the Saints. Over 12 games, he has completed 66.2% of his passes and holds the 16th position among quarterbacks in passing yards. His passer rating is currently 89.4. A major problem for this year’s New Orleans offense is their lack of production in the run game. Per attempt, the team is averaging just 3.7 yards per attempt. Overall, they are the 19th ranked team in yards per game.

Betting Trends

  • Through their last five road games, Carolina has an ATS record of just 1-3-1. However, their overall record was 0-5 while averaging 17 points per game.
  • When looking at their past five home matchups, New Orleans has an ATS record of 2-3 while averaging 23 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
  • Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Panthers have gone 2-7-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-9.
  • In their last three games as the betting favorite, the Saints have a straight-up record of 1-2 and an ATS mark of 0-3.


  • New Orleans Saints 21 – Carolina Panthers 16
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