Panthers vs. Saints Prediction
Will Sunday’s NFC South rematch between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints turn into yet another high-scoring game between the rivals?
Matchup: Panthers 11-5 at Saints 11-5
Line: Saints -6.5
ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the over/under currently sits at 47.5 points after hitting the board at 48.5. The Saints, meanwhile, are 6.5-point home favorites to beat the Panthers, who opened as 5.5-point underdogs.
PUBLIC BETTING: As of this writing, the Saints are receiving 53% of betting tickets but 54% of the money is on the Panthers to cover the spread on Sunday.
INJURY REPORT: Matt Kalil is questionable for the Panthers because of an illness but should play. The same goes for Devin Funchess, who has a shoulder injury and is questionable, as well as Trai Turner, who is questionable with a concussion. Kurt Coleman, meanwhile, is probable to play on an ankle injury after missing last week’s loss to the Falcons.
On the other side, Trey Hendrickson is probable to play for the Saints despite an ankle injury and Terron Armstead is questionable with a thigh injury.
OUR PREDICTION: The over is 4-0 in the last four meetings between these two teams in New Orleans and has cashed in six of the last seven meetings overall. The over is also 4-1 in the Panthers’ last five playoff games, is 21-5 in their last 26 games played on fieldturf, and has cashed in five of their last seven games overall.
On the other side, the over is a perfect 5-0 in the Saints’ last five playoff home games, is 6-0 in their last six games coming off a loss, and is 8-3-1 in their last 12 playoff games.
NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND OVER/UNDER PREDICTION: PANTHERS/SAINTS OVER 47.5