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New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers 1/8/23 NFL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Carolina Panthers (6-10) vs. New Orleans Saints (7-9)
January 8, 2023 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: New Orleans Saints -3.5 / Carolina Panthers +3.5; Over/Under: +39
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The Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints meet in week 18 NFL action from the Caesars Superdome on Sunday.

The Carolina Panthers will try to bounce back and finish strong after a 30-24 loss to Tampa Bay last time out. D’Onta Foreman has a team-high 846 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns this season. DJ Moore has a team-high 878 receiving yards as well while Terrace Marshall has 467 receiving yards as well on the year. On defense, Shaq Thompson has a team-high 128 total tackles while Brian Burns has a team-high 12.5 sacks.

The New Orleans Saints will hope to finish on a win-streak after a 20-10 win over Philadelphia last time out. Andy Dalton has thrown for 2,699 yards, 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions on 67.1% passing while Alvin Kamara leads the Saints on the ground with 791 rushing yards and Taysom Hill has 551 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. Chris Olave leads the Saints with 67 catches for 982 receiving yards while Kamara has 487 receiving yards and Jauan Johnson has 487 receiving yards as well this season. On defense, Demario Davis has a team-high 101 total tackles and 6.5 sacks while Cameron Jordan has 8.5 sacks and Kaden Elliss has 7 sacks. Tyrann Mathieu also has a pair of interceptions this season for New Orleans.

Carolina is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games and 10-26 ATS in their last 36 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. New Orleans is 1-4 in their last 5 division games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in January while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the NFC.

I get the case to be made for either side here with really nothing to play for however, the Panthers have shown life under Steve Wilks and it was simply a case of too little, too late for the Panthers who could be in a playoff spot if Wilks had been around the whole year. The New Orleans Saints just took advantage of an easier than normal schedule in recent weeks and I think the Panthers get a win and or cover in this one. Give me the Panthers and the points.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Carolina +3.5

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