New Orleans Saints (4-5) at Carolina Panthers (3-6)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 17, 2016, 8:25 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Panthers -3 -- Over/Under: 51.5
The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers clash in a NFC South NFL showdown Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium on NBC.
The New Orleans Saints look for a big road bounce back victory to get back to a .500 record. The New Orleans Saints have split their last 10 road games. Drew Brees is completing 69.8 percent of his passes for 2,992 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Brees has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last seven games. Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas have combined for 1,307 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Willie Snead has 42 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 105 yards per contest, and Mark Ingram leads the way with 547 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 29.2 points and 400.6 yards per game. Craig Robertson leads the New Orleans Saints with 81 tackles, Nick Fairley has 4.5 sacks and Kenny Vaccaro has one interception.
The Carolina Panthers are in must-win situations after a rough 3-6 start to the NFL season. The Carolina Panthers have won seven of their last 10 home games. Cam Newton is completing 58.1 percent of his passes for 1,994 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Newton has one or less touchdown passes in five of his last six games. Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin have combined for 1,339 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Ted Ginn Jr. has 29 receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 113.9 yards per contest, and Jonathan Stewart leads the way with 334 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 25.1 points and 351.6 yards per game. Luke Kuechly leads the Carolina Panthers with 88 tackles, Kawann Short has three sacks and Thomas Davis has two interceptions.
The Saints are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Panthers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the road team is 21-9 ATS in their last 30 meetings.
I fade the Saints on the road against talented teams all of the time. Brees and the Saints just don't play as well when you take them out of that dome. This is also a must-win game for the Panthers if they want any chance to return to the playoffs this season. Newton and company better be able to get going against one of the worst defenses in the NFL. This is a more than winnable game for the Carolina Panthers and I expect them to bounce back and get that victory.