New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers - 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: 45
The New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers meet in NFL action from Bank of America Stadium on Sunday.
New Orleans enters this one at 12-3 overall. New Orleans is 5-1 in their last six games, with a loss to the 49ers alongside wins over the Buccaneers, Panthers, Falcons, Colts and Titans.
In the win over Tennessee, New Orleans QB Drew Brees put up 279 yards and three TDs, and Alvin Kamara added 80 yards with two rush TDs. Michael Thomas posted 136 yards with a score on 12 catches.
Over on the Panthers’ side, they’re 5-10 so far. Carolina is sitting on a seven-game losing streak, dropping to the Packers, Falcons, Saints, Redskins, Falcons, Seahawks and Colts.
In the loss to the Colts, Carolina’s Will Grier threw for 224 yards and three INTs, and Christian McCaffrey rushed for 54 yards. McCaffrey also led the receivers there with 119 yards on 15 catches.
The Saints are 5-1 ATS versus a team with a losing record and 5-0 ATS in their last five on grass. New Orleans is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 overall and 26-8 ATS in their last 34 road games.
Meanwhile, the Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last five in Week 17 and 7-3-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Carolina is 2-5-1 ATS in the last eight home games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven versus the NFC.
The last time these teams met resulted in something of a surprising result, as Carolina hung right around until the end in a tough road game the Saints eked out 34-31. That was probably the last gasp for the Panthers’ playoff hopes, and they obviously won’t be playing with the same intensity here.
There’s still some work to be done for New Orleans, as they’re battling for top seed in the conference with the Niners and Packers. I doubt we’ll see too many key players being pulled, so I’m going to stick with the Saints on the cover here.