The New Orleans Saints are riding high, even while not playing their best football in Week 1 and want to roll on to a 2-0 record when they pay the Carolina Panthers a visit on Monday night. After beating the Tennessee Titans at home,16-15, NFL betting odds makers are ready to show NOLA some love having them as betting favorites.
The question here is, are the Panthers ready for what could be coming once the Saints go marching into Bank of America Stadium? Let’s break this game down.
In Bryce Young’s First Official Home Game, Who Holds the Edge?
After a poor showing in his first game in the pros last week, Panthers QB Bryce Young, this year’s No.1 NFL draft pick, knows that another performance like tha, cannot happen. With two INTS and a passer rating of 48.8 it was as if the Panthers played without a passer.
Young wants to make his first official home game with Carolina his perfect rebound game. Not many rookie passers can brag about having their second start in the pros showcased on the Monday Night Football prime-time schedule.
What about the Saints?
They did beat the Titans last week, and showed a couple of flashes of what could be expected moving forward. But in all honesty, there is a lot to improve on if they wish to become true playoff contenders and NFL online betting darlings, especially on offense. For example, the offensive line needs to play better. It’s as simple as that.
Derek Carr needs all the protection he can get to truly get the wheels in motion with his receiving core, led by second year star Chris Olave. Without protection there can’t be any real production, and without production there won’t be any wins to tally.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Saints should be good if they play with the same level of energy or higher than they did against Tennessee. If NOLA’s defense brings the heat as it did against Ryan Tannehill, Young will be in for a crappy first home game.
Saints vs Panthers Game Information
- Game: Saints (1-0) vs Panthers (0-1)
- Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
- Day/Time: Monday, Sept 18, 7:15 p.m. ET
- Saints vs Panthers Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
In close game, take NOLA +3 ATS
One of the points not a lot of people have been keen on picking up from last week’s win against Tennessee is the fact that NOLA’s defense kept Derrick Henry, one of the league’s best rushers. to a mere 63 rushing yards. Add to that how the Saints scored most of their points coming off turnovers and you have the key to why the Saints should be one of your main Monday Night Football picks ATS.
Carolina suffered on both sides of the ball against a team with a lesser offense and defense than New Orleans. That could end up meaning the end for the Panthers against the Saints.
If the Saints can handle Carolina like the Falcons did, especially in the second half, place all of your online betting trust on New Orleans covering the spread and winning by more than 3 points.
- NFL Pick: Saints -3 (-115)
Saints vs Panthers Betting Lines
Betting on the OVER Is the Way To Go
If the Panthers had all of their starters on defense ready to play on Monday I would have said to go with the under. With the Monday Night Football Over/Under at39 ½ (-110) my advice would have definitely been to roll with the under. Why? Because of how much better Carolina plays when its defense is plugged in and ready.
Since that’s not the case though, and with the Panthers wanting to make Young’s first regular-season home game one to remember, I can see both squads rallying to take the score over 39½ especially with the rookie trying to impress on prime time tv. So yes, take my word on this Monday Night Football score prediction, bet the over at 39½ (-110) and make a couple of bucks.
- NFL Pick: Over 39 ½ (-110)