New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers Picks, Odds, Week 17 Predictions 12/29/2019
Game: New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019
Location: Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Carolina +11
Bank of America Stadium is the site where Will Grier and the Carolina Panthers will take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. New Orleans opens this contest as 11-point favorites. The total is set at 48. The Saints are 12-3-0 ATS and 8-7-0 when betting on the total. The Panthers are 10-5-0 when wagering on the over/under and 5-10-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the New Orleans Saints went up against the Tennessee Titans and earned the win by a score of 38-28. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Saints was Drew Brees who went 27/38 with 279 yards passing and completed 3 touchdowns. He finished the game without throwing an interception. Alvin Kamara led the team on the ground for the game. He tore off a long run of 40 yards and he added 2 TD's for the contest. He ran for 80 yards on 11 carries which meant he averaged 7.3 yards per run. Michael Thomas was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 136 yards on 12 catches. He had an average of 11.3 yards per reception for the game. The New Orleans Saints rushed the ball a total of 23 times and earned 102 yards which had them averaging 4.4 yards per run. Overall, the Saints earned 23 first downs and they had a total of 11 penalties for 70 yards. In the game, they totaled 66 plays which added up to 377 yards. When discussing the defense, New Orleans allowed 17 catches on 27 tries totaling 248 yards, and a completion percentage of 63.0%. In the game, they conceded 397 yards and earned 1 takeaway. On the ground, the Saints allowed 149 yards on 26 carries which means they had an average of 5.7 yards per attempt allowed. Josh Schonwald has a free pick for the contest between the Browns and Bengals.
Saints are Now 12-3 After Win
The Saints come into this matchup with a record of 12-3 for the 2019 season. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the league averaging 28 points per contest, putting them 5th in the NFL. As a team, they have an average of 108 yards on the ground per game which is 9th in the conference. For total yardage, they currently sit at 6th among NFC teams and 8th in the NFL with 5,603 yards. When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Saints currently have a total of 33 passing TDs and 10 rushing touchdowns. This team is one of the more average teams in terms of scoring in the division and I wouldn't expect things to change too much in this game.
The Saints have one of the average defenses in the league, giving up 22.1 points per contest ranking them 6th in the NFC. When talking about rushing yards, New Orleans is giving up 94.7 yards per game which has them at 2nd in the division and 5th in the league. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.3 yards per carry ranking them 10th among NFC teams and 19th among NFL teams overall. In total, they have conceded 1,623 rushing yards through 15 games. When it comes to yards through the air, the Saints have conceded 3,580 yards. Opponents are completing 62.3% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 5.9 yards per try. They have conceded 27 passing TDs and 11 rushing touchdowns.
The last time they took the field, the Carolina Panthers took on the Indianapolis Colts and were beaten 38-6. Running the show from under center for the Panthers was Will Grier who went 27/44 with 224 yards through the air but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He walked away with 3 interceptions on the day. Christian McCaffrey paced the team on the ground during the game. His longest run of the day went for 14 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He rushed for a total of 54 yards via 13 carries which had him averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Christian McCaffrey was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 119 yards on 15 catches. He notched an average of 7.9 yards per catch during the game. The Carolina Panthers ran the ball 21 times and racked up a total of 87 yards earning them an average of 4.1 yards per rush. For the game, they ran 71 plays which added up to 286 yards. For the game, the Panthers earned 19 first downs and they had 6 penalties for 46 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Carolina allowed 14 catches on 27 tries for a total of 106 yards, and a completion percentage of 52.0%. Against the run, the Panthers allowed 218 yards on 32 attempts which gave them an average of 6.8 yards per attempt allowed. In the game, they gave up 324 yards but didn't get any takeaways. Another prediction you may want to look into is the free pick against the spread from Parlays Pundit on the Redskins vs Cowboys game.
Panthers Sit at 5-10 After Loss
The Panthers come into this game with a record of 5-10. In discussing the offensive production, the Panthers have one of the most lackluster offenses in the league. When talking about the points that are being put on the board, the Panthers are currently ranked 4th in the division and 18th out of all the teams in the league averaging 22.0 points per game. Carolina is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 119 yards on the ground per game, putting them 14th among NFL teams. As a team, they have a total of 1,778 yards rushing through 15 contests, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Panthers average 343 yards per contest overall putting them 19th in the league and 11th in the NFC.
The Panthers are allowing 28.5 points per contest ranking them 4th among NFC South teams and 31st in the NFL. In discussing points given up, they have allowed 428 points in total. When it comes to yards rushing, they are allowing 145 yards per contest which puts them at 31st in the league and 4th in the division. For this season, they have allowed a total of 2,181 yards on the ground and 29 rushing touchdowns. Their pass defense is one of the middling units in the league. They are giving up 229 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Panthers sit in 5th in the NFC. They have conceded 18 passing touchdowns in 2019.
Who will win tonight's Saints/Panthers NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Panthers +11
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