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Saints vs. Panthers - 12/7/14 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Carolina Panthers (3-8-1) at New Orleans Saints (5-7)

NFL Football: Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)

The Line: New Orleans Saints -9.5 -- Over/Under: 49.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX

The Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints play Sunday afternoon in an NFC South showdown at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Carolina Panthers have lost six straight and need this win to have any hope of winning the NFC South. Cam Newton is completing 57.9 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Newton has five touchdowns and six picks in his last three games, and the Panthers have 38 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olson have combined for more than 1,600 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Philly Brown has a touchdown in back-to-back games. The Panthers ground game is averaging 3.8 yards per carry, as Jonathan Stewart leads the way with 408 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the Carolina Panthers are allowing 27.6 points, 360.3 yards, and they’ve forced 26 sacks and 17 turnovers. Luke Kuechly leads the Panthers with 125 tackles and Charles Johnson has six sacks.

Saints vs. Panthers - 12/7/14 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New Orleans Saints are coming off a big road win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and hope that gets them going. Drew Brees is completing 70.3 percent of his passes for 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Brees has nine touchdowns and one pick in his last three games, and the Saints have 37 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Kenny Stills and Jimmy Graham have combined for more than 1,300 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Marques Colston has caught a touchdown in back-to-back games. The Saints ground attack is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, as Mark Ingram leads the way with 767 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, the New Orleans Saints are allowing 26.5 points, 390.5 yards, and they’ve forced 24 sacks and 13 turnovers. Curtis Lofton leads the Saints with 110 tackles and Junior Galette has seven sacks.

The Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. NFC South. The Saints are 25-10 ATS in their last 35 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 14. The Panthers are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 meetings in New Orleans and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 meetings overall.

This is almost an elimination game for two teams fighting for the NFC South division. The Panthers have owned the Saints against the number and have actually won three of the last five meetings SU. With the way the Saints have been playing at home (losing three straight) I’m going with the Panthers and the boatload of points.

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Carolina Panthers +9.5

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