Sunday’s game between the Carolina Panthers (6-10) and New Orleans Saints (7-9) will take place in the Superdome in Louisiana. Carolina lost a heartbreaker to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-24 despite leading 14-0 in the first quarter, effectively getting eliminated from playoff contention.
The Saints also saw their season come to an end despite winning their third straight contest, a 20-10 win over a solid Philadelphia Eagles squad. Let’s take a closer look at MyBookie’s best bets for this matchup.
Carolina Panthers Betting Preview: Carolina Hoping to End Season on a Strong Note
Following this past Sunday’s devastating defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Panthers were eliminated from playoff contention. Interim head coach Steve Wilks will still have his squad give it everything they have in Week 18, as many players and coaches are fighting to prove they can help the team move forward.
Wilks has done a tremendous job as Matt Rhule, and the Panthers held a 1-5 record before Wilks took over. Since the move, the Panthers finished 4-5 and battled their way to almost winning the NFC South.
Sam Darnold could play a role in the future for Carolina as he has had arguably the best year of his career with seven touchdowns and just one interception while leading the Panthers to three wins in his five starts.
Carolina’s defense has been leaky this year, especially against the run, where they are conceding over 120 yards per game. Despite this, Carolina has battled and covered the spread in seven of their last ten contests.
New Orleans Saints Betting Preview: Saints Look to Win Fourth Straight Contest
New Orleans enters this contest with nothing to play for as they were eliminated from the playoffs after the Green Bay Packers win. Be that as it may, the Saints are playing some strong football, as they have won three straight contests.
Sunday’s game was an emotional roller coaster, but the New Orleans Saints managed to win on the road for the second week in a row. The New Orleans Saints’ 20-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles was impressive, considering the Eagles have been arguably the most consistent and threatening team on both sides of the ball.
The bottom line is the Saints have started to come together on offense, finding much-needed balance in the running game and the passing game. More importantly, the difference maker has been the defense, holding opponents to 12.7 points per game over their winning streak. Additionally, the Saints have covered the spread in three of their last four contests.
Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints Betting Odds and Lines
According to MyBookie, the New Orleans Saints enter this matchup as 3.5-point favorites (-110) in their matchup against the Carolina Panthers. In terms of the moneyline, the Saints are -185 to win as home favorites, while the Panthers have NFL odds of +150 as road underdogs. When it comes to the total, the Over/Under is listed at 41.5 points (-110) on MyBookie.
Free Betting Pick
The Panthers took the first matchup against the Saints at home in Week Three, and Carolina will hit the road where they are just 1-6 this season. New Orleans, on the other hand, has won three straight contests and took two of those matchups on the road.
While the Panthers have shown tons of fight under interim head coach Steve Wilks, the Saints are the much better team. New Orleans impressed with convincing road victories, and their defense matches up well against a run-first team like the Panthers. Back the Saints to win the final game of the regular season and cover the spread for the third straight game.MyBookie Free Pick: New Orleans Saints -3.5 (-110)