The New Orleans Saints continue to contend for a playoff berth as they play host to the Carolina Panthers. There are only two spots left in the NFC, and New Orleans trails a pair of 8-7 teams by one game. Carolina will miss the tournament for the fourth straight season.
- Game: Carolina Panthers (5-10) at New Orleans Saints (7-8)
- Location: Caesars Superdome
- Day/Time: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET
- Television: FOX
Panthers vs Saints Betting Lines
Carolina defeated New Orleans 26-7 in Week 2. The Panthers were getting three in the NFL odds, marking the ninth straight meeting that they were the underdog. Carolina was 6-3 against the spread in those games while the Saints were 7-2 straight-up. The total was 45, making it two straight unders in the series. The Panthers have lost in each of their last two trips to the Big Easy by three points. The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
Next game: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Carolina lost its fifth straight, 32-6 to Tampa Bay. That also made it five straight losses ATS for the Panthers. Carolina, an 11½-point underdog, trailed 19-6 at halftime. Those who sided with under 43½ when betting online had a major sweat job when the Panthers drove 87 yards to the Tampa Bay 6 in the final minutes, but were rewarded after a pair of incomplete passes in the last five seconds.
Eight players were added to the COVID-19 list, with three from the defensive line. Starter Brian Burns was among them. The club is scrambling to find a center after Sam Tecklenburg tested positive. Cornerback Stephone Gilmore (groin) is questionable.
New Orleans Saints
Next game: at Atlanta Falcons
New Orleans was without its top two quarterbacks in Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian (COVID-19), so rookie Ian Book made his first appearance. The Notre Dame product had a debut to forget after he was sacked eight times and threw two interceptions – one for a touchdown – in a 20-3 loss to Miami. The Saints were a three-point underdog in the Las Vegas odds while the under 37½ was never a concern..
The QB situation improved as Hill and Siemian were removed from the Covid-19 list on Wednesday. Left tackle Terron Armstead missed the Miami game with a knee injury and is questionable.
Betting on the Game
The clubs have the same records against the spread and straight up, with Carolina losing its last five ATS. Carolina cannot exceed its projected win total while New Orleans needs to win its final two games to push.
It is reasonable to assume that at least one of New Orleans’ top two quarterbacks will return, making the Saints an attractive play in NFL predictions. New Orleans’ playoff chances are not strong as it needs unlikely help, but it should be plenty motivated to stay alive and get revenge for the Week 2 setback. The Saints are fourth in fewest points allowed at 20.3 per game, leading to their last five games staying under.