Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints - 12/29/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New Orleans Saints (12-3) at Carolina Panthers (5-10)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm (Bank of America Stadium)
The Line: Carolina Panthers +13 -- Over/Under: 48
The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers meet Sunday in week 17 NFL action at Bank of America Stadium.
The New Orleans Saints have won five of their last six games and need another win to chase a top-two seed in the NFC. The New Orleans Saints have won their last six road games. Drew Brees is completing 75.3 percent of his passes for 2,726 yards, 24 touchdowns and four interceptions. Brees and Teddy Bridgewater have combined for 33 touchdown passes and six interceptions. Michael Thomas and Jared Cook have combined for 2,349 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Alvin Kamara has 79 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 108.2 yards per contest, and Kamara leads the way with 758 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 22.1 points and 333.3 yards per game. Demario Davis leads the New Orleans Saints with 109 tackles, Cameron Jordan has 14.5 sacks and Marcus Williams has four interceptions.
The Carolina Panthers look to play spoiler while snapping a seven-game losing streak. The Carolina Panthers have lost their last three home games. Kyle Allen is completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 3,027 yards, 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Allen enters this game with 448 career pass attempts under his belt. DJ Moore and Christian McCaffrey have combined for 2,108 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Curtis Samuel has 52 receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 118.5 yards per contest, and McCaffrey leads the way with 1,361 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 28.5 points and 374.2 yards per game. Luke Kuechly leads the Carolina Panthers with 137 tackles, Mario Addison has 9.5 sacks and James Bradberry has three interceptions.
The Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a road favorite, 26-8 ATS in their last 34 road games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Panthers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Saints last 5 games in December. The over is 4-1 in Panthers last 5 games overall. The Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Carolina and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The road team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
The New Orleans Saints are chasing a top seed in the NFC, so they have everything to play for and will be looking to put this game away early to leave no doubt in their playoff status. The Carolina Panthers have scored 21 or less points in five of their last seven games, including just six points last week against the Colts. Will Grier made a couple of throws in his NFL debut, but he wasn't anything special and had zero touchdown passes and three interceptions. The bottom line is the Panthers don't have the horses offensively to hang with a motivated Saints team. I don't touch double-digit chalk often in the NFL, but the Saints should roll easily in this contest.