New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers - 12/3/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Panthers (8-3) at New Orleans Saints (8-3)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:25 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
The Line: New Orleans Saints -4 -- Over/Under: 48 See the Latest Odds
We have a key matchup in the NFC South on Sunday afternoon, as the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints duke it out with the division lead on the line.
The Carolina Panthers will look to add to their current 4 game winning streak after taking down the New York Jets by a final score of 35-27 in their last outing to climb to 8-3 this season. Cam Newton threw for 168 yards on 11 of 28 passing, while also rushing for a touchdown as well. Christian McCaffrey led the team with 62 rushing yards, while Jonathan Stewart added a touchdown of his own. Devin Funchess fare and away led the Panthers, accounting for 7 receptions for 108 yards in the win. Defense and special teams played a massive part in the win, with Kaelin Clay adding a 60-yard punt return touchdown and Luke Kuechly adding a fumble return for a touchdown. The rest of the Panthers combined for 3 sacks while giving up 391 yards of total offense to the Jets in the win.
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The New Orleans Saints will try to bounce back after having their 8 game winning streak snapped thanks to a 26-20 loss to the Rams in their last outing. Drew Brees led the team with 246 yards and a touchdown on 22 of 32 passing, while Alvin Kamara led the team with 87 rushing yards on 5 carries with a touchdown. Mark Ingram turned his team-high 11 carries into 31 yards, while Kamara also led the team in receiving with 6 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. Ted Ginn Jr. caught a team-high 7 passes for 71 yards while Michael Thomas chipped in 5 catches of his own in the losing effort. The Saints combined for 4 sacks and an interception while giving up 415 yards of total offense and over 35 minutes of possession to the Rams in the game.
Carolina is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 division matchups. New Orleans is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 division matchups and 22-5 ATS in their last 22-5 ATS in their last 27 home games against a team with a winning road record while the over is 13-5-1 in their last 19 home games. Carolina is 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I’m anticipating this to be one of the better games of the week, and that it will be one that goes back and forth. However, for the sake of the pick in this one, I think New Orleans can bounce back in the dome where they’re more comfortable. Newton threw 3 picks against the Saints in the first meeting this season, and he hasn’t done much of anything for the offense as of late, so I’ll lay the points with the Saints as I think they can win this one by a touchdown.