CAROLINA PANTHERS @ NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The Saints come off their bye week to a home divisional game against the surprisingly .500 Panthers and with all the current drama surrounding star WR Michael Thomas will be happy to get back to football you assume. The Saints were given all they could handle before their bye week by the Chargers and rookie Justin Herbert who looks a hell of a player, the Saints needed 14 fourth quarter points to force OT which they won with a FG and they’ll be hoping to win three in a row and turn this division into a two horse race with the Buccaneers. Offensively the Saints match up well with the Panthers Defense who are very good at stopping big plays down field but give up a high pass completion percentage underneath which is exactly Drew Brees’ and the Saints wheelhouse so putting up points I don’t expect to be a problem for the Saints but can this defense which is very good against the run stop the pass, something theyve struggled to do all season, against this Joe Brady called Panther pass attack?

The Panthers lost a close low scoring game against the Bears last week and the offense struggled only posting 16 points which is the second time they’ve posted under 20 points this season the first was against the Bucs which similarly to the Bears have one of the leagues best defense’s this is something the Saints do not have so that’s good news for the Panthers and the weak Saints pass defense is something I expect Teddy Bridgewater to take advantage of as he looks to bounce back from a poor showing. We’ve touched on the Panthers ability to stop big passing plays but one thing they struggle with is stopping the running game having conceded 9 rushing TD’s already this season and will be up against Alvin Kamara who already has 7 TD’s this season and 6 in 5 career games against Carolina.

I’m taking the Saints here, a home game after a bye week against a divisional rival you’re familiar with is an advantage and even more so when your offense matches up nicely against their defense. As for best bet territory we obviously love Alvin Kamara’s chances of getting himself into the endzone but so does everyone else and his odds are short so we like pairing it with a touchdown for TE Ian Thomas who has been quiet this season only posting 1 TD so far and no more than 2 receptions in any game but this Saints side has struggled mightily defending TE’s having conceded at least 1 TD in every game this season to the position and with this one having the potential to turn into a shoot out I think Thomas could get lucky with an redzone target.

PREDICTION: SAINTS 30 โ€“ 27 PANTHERS

BEST BET: Alvin Kamara and Ian Thomas both to score a TD โ€“ 17/2 with SkyBet. 1 point bet.

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