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New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/8/13

Carolina Panthers (9-3) at New Orleans Saints (9-3)

NFL Football: Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)

The Line: New Orleans Saints -3.5 -- Over/Under: 44.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBC

The New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers face off on Sunday on NBC’s Sunday Night Football as they play for first place in the NFC South.

The New Orleans Saints have led the NFC South since week one of the season, but after losing on Monday Night in Seattle they have dropped into a tie for the top spot. After missing the playoffs last season, the Saints have played with renewed focus and determination. Drew Brees has completed 67.7 percent of his passes with 29 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Pierre Thomas has rushed for 486 yards with 60 receptions and Darren Sproles has two rushing touchdowns and 55 catches. Jimmy Graham has 68 receptions and 12 touchdowns and Marques Colston has 47 catches. Curtis Lofton has 98 tackles, David Hawthorne has 68 tackles, and Kenny Vaccaro has 64 tackles. The Saints have good balance on both sides of the ball and few teams have been playing better overall.

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/8/13

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The Carolina Panthers have won eight games in a row and after two early season rough losses, the Panthers have looked like the better team in most of their games. Having not played the Saints yet, this is a huge game for the Panthers as the next meeting of these two will be at Carolina. Cam Newton is having a big year, completing 61.7 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. DeAngelo Williams has rushed for 610 yards and two touchdowns. Steve Smith has 54 receptions and three touchdowns and Greg Olsen has 50 catches and five touchdowns. Luke Keuchly 102 tackles, Thomas Davis has 94 tackles, and Charles Johnson has 8.5 sacks. Carolina’s offense is averaging 23.8 points and 327.8 yards per game, while defensively they are allowing 13.1 points and their opponents average 289.8 yards per game. The Panthers defense has been tough and the offense has made plays when they need to.

New Orleans is 21-6 against the spread in their last 27 home games, 4-0 against the spread following a loss, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games overall. Carolina is 6-0 against the spread against the NFC, 6-1 against the spread following a win, and 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 road games. Carolina is 11-1 against the spread in their last 12 games in New Orleans.

The spread and the total look to be about right, but my free pick is going to be on the over. I also have a pick on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as making it available on the app. 

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