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New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers - 12/17/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Orleans Saints (11-2) at Carolina Panthers (6-7)
Date & Time Monday December 17, 2018, 8:15 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Carolina Panthers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 50.5
TV Channel
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NFL | New Orleans Saints (11-2) at Carolina Panthers (6-7)
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The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers meet Monday in NFL action at Bank of America Stadium.

The New Orleans Saints look for their 12th victory of the season to stay on pace of snagging the top seed in the NFC. The New Orleans Saints have won six of their last seven road games. Drew Brees is completing 75.7 percent of his passes for 3,463 yards, 31 touchdowns and four interceptions. Brees has two or more touchdown passes in 12 of his last 20 games. Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara have combined for 1,809 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Tre'Quan Smith has 22 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 125.3 yards per contest, and Kamara leads the way with 793 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 21.8 points and 348.8 yards per game. Demario Davis leads the New Orleans Saints with 95 tackles, Cameron Jordan has 12 sacks and Marcus Williams has two interceptions.

The Carolina Panthers need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak while staying in the NFC playoff race. The Carolina Panthers have won five of their last six home games. Cam Newton is completing 68.8 percent of his passes for 3,264 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Newton has two or more touchdown passes in 11 of his last 12 games. Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore have combined for 1,377 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Devin Funchess has 42 receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 137.4 yards per contest, and McCaffrey leads the way with 926 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 25.5 points and 352.6 yards per game. Luke Kuechly leads the Carolina Panthers with 111 tackles, Mario Addison has eight sacks and Donte Jackson has four interceptions.

The Saints are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. NFC, 20-6 ATS in their last 26 road games and 35-17 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Panthers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC South and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Saints are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Carolina and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings. The over is 5-0 in Panthers last 5 home games. The under is 4-0 in Saints last 4 games overall.

The New Orleans Saints have been one of the more consistent teams in the league both SU and ATS, as each of their last six wins have been decided by 10 or more points. The Carolina Panthers went from being 6-2 and making a run for a possible division title to losing five straight and needing to win out to have any chance of sneaking into the postseason as a wild card. The New Orleans Saints have covered five of their last six games when a favorite of at least four points. The Carolina Panthers have split their last eight games ATS when an underdog of at least four points. This will be a no brainer for most people given the way both teams have played recently, but the Panthers are a completely different team at home. The Carolina Panthers play with a certain swagger at home that's missing on the road, and you can expect that to show up here under the bright lights of Monday night and with their postseason lives on the line. Let's not forget four of the Panthers five losses during this skid have come on the road. In the Panthers last four home games, they're outscoring teams by an average of seven points. I'll take the Panthers and the points.

Pick:
Carolina Panthers +6.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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