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New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers - 12/30/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Carolina Panthers (6-9) at New Orleans Saints (13-2)
Date & Time Sunday December 30, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)
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The Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints meet in a week 17 NFC South division matchup from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday afternoon.

The Carolina Panthers will look to end the season on a high-note after losing 7 in a row following a 24-10 loss to Atlanta in their last outing. Taylor Heinicke will be under center in this game, and has thrown for 320 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions on 61.4% passing while Christian McCaffrey leads the Panthers in rushing with 1,080 yards and 7 touchdowns. McCaffrey leads the Panthers in receiving with 106 receptions for 845 yards and 6 touchdowns this season while DL Moore has 51 catches for 707 yards this year. Defensively, Mario Addison leads the Panthers with 8 sacks while Luke Kuechly has 92 tackles this season. As a team, Carolina is averaging 373.2 yards of total offense and 22.9 points per game this season.

The New Orleans Saints come into this game looking to build some momentum after locking up home field with a 13-2 record following a 31-28 win over Pittsburgh in their last outing. Drew Brees has thrown for 3,992 yards, 32 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 74.4% passing while Alvin Kamara has rushed for 883 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. Michael Thomas leads the Saints with 120 catches for 1,376 yards and 9 touchdowns while Kamara has 81 catches out of the backfield for 709 yards and 4 touchdowns. Defensively, Cameron Jordan leads the Saints with 12 sacks while Demario Davis has 5 sacks and a team-high 73 tackles this season. As a team, New Orleans is averaging 384.9 yards of total offense and 32.7 points per game this season. The Saints are also tough against the run, giving up the fewest rushing yards per game this season, allowing just 78.1 yards per game on the ground this season.

Carolina is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss. New Orleans is 16-7 ATS in their last 23 division games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. The underdog is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

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