Panthers vs Saints – Week 13 NFL Betting Preview

The undefeated Carolina Panthers will try to extend their winning streak to an even dozen games this Sunday, December 6 when they take on the New Orleans Saints down at the Mercedes Benz Superdome down in Louisiana. If they succeed their winning streak will reach 14 dating back to last year. The Panthers took down the Dallas Cowboys 33-14 last week and are still sitting on top of the NFC South with their 11-0 mark. The Saints are 4-7 on the season and occupy the division’s basement after losing their third straight game last week 24-6 at the hands of the Houston Texans on the road.

Panthers vs Saints – bet365 NFL BETTING LINE:

  • bet365 currently lists the Panthers at -7 at 20/21 with the Saints +7 at 20/21 and the over/under at 49.5 points at 10/11 each

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Panthers vs Saints Betting Trends:

Carolina Panthers:

  • Season record: 11-0 straight up, 9-2 against the spread
  • Current Streak: won 11 straight games
  • Carolina is 7-1 against the spread in their last 8 games
  • Carolina is 5-0 straight up in their last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina’s last 5 games

New Orleans Saints:

  • Season record: 4-7 straight up, 4-6-1 against the spread
  • Current Streak: lost 3 straight games
  • New Orleans is 1-3-1 against the spread in their last 5 games
  • New Orleans is 2-7-1 against the spread in their last 10 home games
  • New Orleans is 14-7 straight up in their last 21 home games

Carolina has been rolling along and has won their past three contests by three touchdowns on average and are now 9-2 against the spread this year. Quarterback Cam Newton wasn’t his dominant self last week as he passed for 183 yards by going 16 for 27 and didn’t manages a touchdown pass. The defense was solid though and a pair of pick-sixes in the first half against Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo certainly helped out. The Panthers ended up with a trio of interceptions in the game and leads the league this season with 28 takeaways.

Before meeting Dallas, Newton racked up nine touchdown passes and just one interception in the previous three games. He’ll be looking forwards to facing the Saints since New Orleans has one of the worst pass defenses in the league. The last time Carolina paid a visit to the Superdome last season they drilled the Saints 41-10. Newton threw three touchdown passes and the Panthers rushed for 271 yards along with another pair of scores. Carolina’s defense has conceded an average of 18.3 points against per outing against the Saints in their past four encounters and won three of them.

The Saints have managed to score just 20 points in their past two outings and needs to pick up the offense is they have any chance against the Panthers. New Orleans’ weak defense resulted in former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan losing his job, but the offense let them down in Houston. It was the first time New Orleans didn’t manage to score a touchdown in the past decade as they struggled both in the air and on the ground. They also took some ill-timed penalties and were only 1 for 9 on third downs. Quarterback Drew Brees will be up against one of the league’s best defenses this weekend and he’ll be motivated to improve on last week’s performance.

Brees was missing in action earlier this season when they were beaten 27-22 by the Panthers in Carolina as backup Luke McCown took over. He played well enough as he passed for 310 yards and the Saints covered the spread since they were 10-point underdogs. When Brees plays the Saints have scored 34.3 points on average at home in their past four contests at the Superdome. However, it’s going to be tough to snap the Panthers winning streak this weekend.

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