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NFL Game of the Week – New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers

You could easily make an argument that the actual NFL Game of the Week this weekend is Baltimore-New England, but with the NFC South division title on the line and a possible bye week at stake, this game could have a huge impact on the conference landscape. And after the Saints embarrassed Cam Newton’s Panthers two weeks ago, there will be plenty of revenge in play as well. Right now, this game is receiving the natural home line and I don’t expect that to change all that much.

The Saints are still largely a public team because most people have a lot of faith in Drew Brees and Sean Payton. I’m not saying that this faith is ill-placed, but the Saints are just 3-2 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games and are coming off a massive letdown against St. Louis where they were hammered 16-27. They’re also just 1-4 SU and ATS in their last 5 road games, and simply haven’t travelled with the same type of confidence that they usually have in foreign territory.

New Orleans Saints (10-4) vs. Carolina Panthers (10-4)
The New Orleans Saints are 3 point underdogs facing the Carolina Panthers for tops in the NFC South division.
Starts: 12/22/2013 1:00PM
Bank of America Stadium 800 S. Mint St.
Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Aside from their loss to New Orleans at the Superdome, Carolina has been absolutely dominant in the past ten games, going 9-1 SU and 7-2-1 ATS. They pushed last weekend against the Jets in a hard fought 30-20 victory, but have been playing lights out otherwise. They can kill you on the ground, through the air and defensively. This is as well rounded of a team as there is in the Super Bowl picture.

That being said, they’re not infallible. I’m sure that Carolina fans would love an outright squash in the NFL Game of the Week, and while they might get it, you have to be concerned that Carolina’s offence hasn’t been rolling that efficiently over the last two weeks. However, they’ve also played against some very stiff defenses in tight games, scoring just 20 points against Miami, 10 against San Francisco, 24 against Bill Belichik’s Patriots and 13 in the loss to the Saints. But with all the mitigating factors surrounding this matchup, it’s hard not to lean their way.

Bonus Week 16 NFL ATS Picks

Date
Away
Home
Pick
Sun, Dec 22nd 2013
Cleveland
New York
NYJ -2.5
Sun, Dec 22nd 2013
Minnesota
Cincinnati
CIN -7.5
Sun, Dec 22nd 2013
Denver
Houston
DEN -10.5
Sun, Dec 22nd 2013
Tennessee
Jacksonville
JAX +5.5
Sun, Dec 22nd 2013
Miami
Buffalo
MIA -2.5
Sun, Dec 22nd 2013
Indianapolis
Kansas City
KC -7.0
Sun, Dec 22nd 2013
Dallas
Washington
WAS +2.5
Sun, Dec 22nd 2013
Tampa Bay
St. Louis
TB +5.5
Sun, Dec 22nd 2013
Arizona
Seattle
SEA -10.5
Sun, Dec 22nd 2013
New York Giants
Detroit
NYG +10.0
Sun, Dec 22nd 2013
Oakland
San Diego
SD -10.0
Sun, Dec 22nd 2013
Pittsburgh
Green Bay
GB -2.5
Sun, Dec 22nd 2013
New England
Baltimore
BAL -2.5
Sun, Dec 22nd 2013
Chicago
Philadelphia
PHI -3.0

You have to also remember that the zebras played a big hand in taking Carolina’s momentum away from them two weeks ago, as they called a series of phantom pass interference calls that set a dull tone for the Panthers early on. This is a team that has to play aggressively and if they’re unable to impose their will on their opponent, they’re in for a rough ride. Playing at home has lots of advantages, and the refs being more lenient is one of them so Carolina’s defense should be fine.

The Saints are still a competitive team, but they’ve also had trouble making definitive, league rattling statements away from home. Road losses to the Seahawks and Patriots – two other playoff teams – should tell you all you need to know about the Saints in these conditions. New Orleans has averaged 32.8 points per game at home, but that average drops to just 18.4 when they’re on the road. This is not a team that you can trust away from their home town.

I don’t expect the Saints to roll over in this one, but Carolina’s outstanding 5-0 SU and ATS hot streak at home combined with New Orleans’ awful road record make the NFL Game of the Week a relatively easy bet.

NFL Game of the Week Bet – Carolina -3.0 (UNDER)

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