Saints Vs. Panthers Predictions – Monday Night Football Betting Odds
The Carolina Panthers are in a deep hole and to get out of it they need to win their last three games of the season. The bad news is they have to face arguably the most complete team in the NFL, the New Orleans Saints, in two of the last three weeks. It all starts on Monday Night with their NFC South meeting at Bank of America Stadium. The Saints are 6.5-point favorites on the road at Mybookie.ag. The betting line opened at 7-points, and it moved down half a point. 51% of the betting public is taking New Orleans to cover the spread on the road. The game total is at 51.5 points. It opened at 53.5.
New Orleans Saints Vs. Carolina Panthers Predictions
Spread: Saints -6
Money line: New Orleans -275 vs. Carolina +225
Game total: 51.5
Date: Monday, December 17, 2018
Game Time: 8:15 PM ET
Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
What’s the latest Saints’ betting form to face the Panthers?
With the Los Angeles Rams loss to the Chicago Bears last week, the Saints gained back the top of the NFC. However, the last two haven’t been kind weeks for New Orleans. The Saints loss in a hasty manner in Dallas two weeks ago and they had to battle to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday. New Orleans happened to cover the spread against the Bucs by scoring 28-unanswered points late in the game in the 28-14 win in Tampa. But at no point, it looked like a smooth victory.
QB Drew Brees who is head-to-head with Kansas City Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes for the MVP race has been less than impressive in the last two weeks. Brees has thrown for 328 yards during the previous two games combined. On each of those meetings, he threw for no more than one touchdown and at least one interception. I think Brees still can win the MVP, but he needs three massive performances to gain back some momentum.
Another concerning situation is the fallout of running back Alvin Kamara, who started the season as an absolute stud. Kamara’s production has faded over the last few weeks. He is averaging 61.7 rushing yards per game in the previous four games and hasn’t scored one rushing touchdown in any of those outings. The good news for the Saints is they have about four weeks, including their potential bye week to fix the offense and get it back to the usual scoring form. This is the perfect time for New Orleans to have a slump. If they had found themselves in this mess in January, they would be out of the competition already.
What’s the latest Panthers’ betting form to face the Saints?
If the Saints have had troubles in the last two weeks, what has happened to the Panthers is pretty much indescribable. Once a 6-2 team right in the middle of a divisional battle, Carolina has seen their team be on the wrong side of the results for the past five weeks straight. The Panthers have failed to cover the spread in the last five games; each time as a favorite. Last week they were a 1-point favorite over the Browns in Cleveland, and they were not able to find a way to win on the road. QB Cam Newton had four chances to tie the game in the red zone and threw the ball over his receivers in three of those four opportunities
Newton is getting a lot of heat lately and with good reason. His form has been utterly disappointing. He has thrown at least one interception during the five-game losing skid. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two weeks ago he went for a season-high four picks. The only player who has been performing at the highest level on this offense is the running Christian McCaffrey. The second-year running back has been a stud all season and accountable for 13 of the Panthers’ 39 touchdowns this season.
McCaffrey has scored five touchdowns in the last three weeks and has averaged 166.3 yards from scrimmage in those games. I get that the Saints know McCaffrey is the guy they need to stop first, but in the last three outings Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Cleveland have all failed in the attempt.
The play for the MNF game between Saints and Panthers?
Both are coming to this game with several doubts about their latest performance. Clearly, the Panthers are the one with the most significant confidence issues at this point, but also the ones in a must-win situation. If Carolina loses this game, they will be out of the playoffs hunt, knowing they will have to travel to New Orleans for the last game of the season. Carolina is sneaky good at home. They are 5-1 this season playing at the Bank of America Stadium and 10-1 straight up in the last 11 games. Their only home loss this season was against the Seattle Seahawks three weeks ago. Seattle is a team on the heater right now, so it’s not a huge surprise.
New Orleans only road loss this season was at Dallas on a Thursday Night matchup. Yet they could have easily lost at Tampa Bay last week. The Saints have lost four of their previous six visits to Carolina. This is only the third time since Cam Newton entered the league New Orleans is favorite at the Bank of America Stadium. They covered the spread once in those three games.
I get that the Saints are better than the Panthers on both sides of the ball, but Carolina is in a win-or-go-home situation. The playoffs’ hopes are hanging in the balance in a game broadcasted on television. I think they will be ready to give the Saints all they can handle. That would make this game a close one. Bet the Panthers +6.5.