Welcome to the NFC South. Where the average team has a serious shot at the conference title and a playoff spot. Currently the 2-0 Carolina Panthers are in charge and the 0-2 Saints are in trouble. QB Drew Brees’ shoulder injury isn’t helping either. He can’t afford not to play. Unless he has a serious setback, I expect him to play.
A Closer Look At The New Orleans Saints Vs Carolina Panthers Online Betting Line, Expert Pick & TV Info
What: New Orleans Saints (0-2) at Carolina Panthers (2-0)
When: Sunday, Sept. 27th, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Charlotte, NC
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
Weather: 78° F/ Rain
Spread: Panthers -3
Game Total: 45
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: New Orleans vs Carolina
Why Bet On New Orleans to Beat Carolina (-3.5)
Where have the mighty Saints gone?
The season hasn’t started out well for the New Orleans Saints. In Week 1, they lost to the Arizona Cardinals in a game where it appeared they had a good shot of winning. They imploded in Week 2 when losing 19 to 26 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In that game, the Saints lost because they had too many penalties, 15, and they didn’t protect the football. New Orleans lost 2 fumbles and Drew Brees threw an interception. Much has been made about whether or not Brees will play in this game. Obviously, if Brees plays, the Saints are going to be much tougher than if Brees doesn’t play.
— ESPN (@espn) September 21, 2015
But the real reason to consider backing New Orleans in this has to do with their rushing defense. Carolina is not a very good passing team. New Orleans knows this and is going to put an extra man in the box to keep the Panthers from rushing the football. Expect the Saints to do whatever it takes in order to keep Carolina from getting to their rushing average, which is 138.5 yards per game. If the Saints can do that, they’ll have a shot at the win.
Why Bet On Carolina (-3.5) to Beat New Orleans
Panthers D will keep the Saints winless.
Carolina is 2 and 0 on the season even though they’re one of the worst passing teams in all of football. The Panthers only average 168 passing yards per game. Carolina is winning with a strong rushing attack and an excellent defense.
The Panthers are ranked in the Top 10 in every important defensive category. Carolina allows a total of 282.5 yards per game. That ranks the Panthers fifth in yards allowed per. Carolina gives up an average of 204 passing yards and an average of 78.5 rushing yards per matchup. Opponents are scoring only 13 points per game versus the Panthers. That ranks second in points allowed per matchup.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) September 24, 2015
Even if Drew Brees plays, the Carolina defense looks well suited to control the Saints offense in this game. The last time that these 2 teams played, Carolina destroyed New Orleans 41 to 10. The Saints are a much more cohesive team and one shouldn’t expect that type of game from New Orleans, but how much better will it be for the Saints?
It won’t be much better. New Orleans is a team in transition while Carolina has a shot at the NFC South title. My expert betting pick are the Panthers and the Under. My final score prediction is Carolina 24, New Orleans 14.