Two 1-0 teams in the NFC South faceoff in Charlotte as Sam Darnold’s Panthers welcome the Saints. Which of these two will gain an early advantage over their divisional rival?
The Saints have had a turbulent start to the season, haven’t they? After being forced to move their supposed home opener down to Jacksonville, Florida, due to Hurricane Ida, they’ve now suffered a COVID-19 outbreak which will see them without 7 of their coaches for this trip. Jameis Winston had a successful first start as Dew Brees’ heir, throwing 5TD passes, and most importantly, not turning the ball over once in an easy win over an awful Green Bay Packers team. The Saints didn’t lean on Winston too much though, as he completed 14 passes for less than 150 yards. They instead employed a strong running game, with Alvin Kamara carrying the rock 20 times for 83 yards.
Sam Darnold exacted his revenge on the New York Jets in Week 1, leading his new team to a win over his former employers as Carolina ran out 19-14 winners. D.J. Moore had a big game receiving for the Panthers, hauling in 6 balls on 8 receptions for 80 yards, picking up where he left off last season. After posting 9 games with 65 or more receiving yards in 2020, his O/U 63.5 receiving yards total is an enticing play here, especially as he has also gone over that number in his last 4 games against the Saints. I like the idea of pairing this with another player prop bet and Jaycee Horn gives us the perfect opportunity. The rookie corner was on the field for 98% of Carolina’s defensive snaps against the Jets and posted 3 combined Tackles & Assists (T&A’s). His O/U T&A’s line in this game is 5.5, for reference, Green Bay’s starting Cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Kevin King both played 90% of their team’s defensive snaps in their blowout loss to New Orleans and posted a combined 5 T&A’s.. So, even if Horn matches the workload of two starters at his position from last week against the same opposition, we win.. I like those odds.
Spread; New Orleans Saints -2.0
Total Match Points line: O/U 43.5
Game Prediction: Saints 27 – 24 Panthers
Best Bet: D.J. Moore over 63.5 receiving yards & Jaycee Horn under 5.5 Tackles & Assists @ 2/1 with Bet365 Bet Builder. [0.5]