Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints - 1/2/22 NFL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints - 1/2/22 NFL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints (7-8) vs Carolina Panthers (5-10)

Game Info: Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 4:25 pm (Caesars Superdome)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Saints -6.5 -- Over/Under: 37.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Carolina Panthers will travel to play the New Orleans Saints in a NFC South showdown on Sunday afternoon.

The Carolina Panthers are 5-10 this season and have lost five games in a row. Carolina is coming off of a loss against Tampa Bay by a score of 32-6. Carolina allowed just under 400 yards and went 7-20 on 3rd/4th downs in the loss. Carolina is averaging 18.5 points per game and is giving up 23 points per game against, while also averaging 196.1 passing yards per game and 109.6 rushing yards per game. Sam Darnold has completed 58.3% of his passes for 2,176 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions for the Panthers. Chuba Hubbard has rushed for 509 yards and 4 touchdowns, while DJ Moore has caught 83 passes for 1,041 yards and 4 touchdowns. Carolina has really struggled in their last few games, resulting in the benching of Cam Newton for Sam Darnold.

The New Orleans Saints are 7-8 this season and have won two of their last three games. New Orleans lost to Miami by a score of 20-3 in their last game. The Saints offense was pathetic in this game as they were missing multiple starters due to covid. New Orleans is averaging 21.1 points per game and is giving up 20.3 points per game against, while also averaging 187 passing yards per game and 114.9 rushing yards per game. The Saints have not named a starting quarterback yet, but it should be either Trevor Siemian or Taysom Hill. Siemian has thrown for 1,083 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions, while Hill has thrown for 649 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions for the Saints. Alvin Kamara has rushed for 720 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Marquez Callaway has caught 40 passes for 601 yards and 6 touchdowns.

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Carolina is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 NFC South games. The over is 5-1 in Carolina’s last 6 games. New Orleans 9-4 ATS in their last 13 NFC South games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The under is 5-0 in New Orleans’ last 5 games. The over is 11-4 in these two teams last 15 head to head meetings.

The Saints offense has been an issue over the last few games, but their defense has been playing very well. Carolina has dropped five games in a row and is switching quarterbacks. I think Carolina will keep this game close in a low scoring game.

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David’s Pick Carolina +6.5

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