The New Orleans Saints almost lost in their first battle with fellow NFC South team the Carolina Panthers and now they will have a second chance to prove themselves on November 7th. This rematch could be an interesting challenge for the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees. The Carolina Panthers will now have Matt Moore back under center after the New Orleans Saints faced rookie Jimmy Clausen in the first game.
The New Orleans Saints looked like their were back to their Super Bowl form at times in their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers but they also struggled and looked disorganized at times the NFL’s best defense. The Carolina Panthers were on the wrong end of a loss to the St Louis Rams in their road game but they have shown better form of late.
New Orleans Saints Defense vs Carolina Panthers Offense
Once an aggressive and game changing defense, the New Orleans Saints defense has struggled to get back to their Super Bowl form in 2010. Darren Sharper’s return could help in this game but he must be 100% to make an impact. Look for the New Orleans Saints defense to return to a more unpredictable scheme to get Matt Moore off balance. There should be plenty of blitz looks but more dropping back in the passing routes for the defense.
Matt Moore and the Carolina Panthers offense does have potential for a big game. With Steve Smith in better shape look for the Carolina Panthers to take some deep shots early in the game to Smith to spread out the field. Whether those deep plays work out or not it will create space in the middle for the short passing game. The New Orleans Saints defense has been vulnerable across the middle. The New Orleans Saints defense has the edge over the Carolina Panthers offense.
New Orleans Saints Offense vs Carolina Panthers Defense
The New Orleans Saints offense was once on the greatest NFL offenses of all time. Drew Brees has looked above average at best this season and he has thrown more interceptions in 2010 than he threw all year in the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl season. The running game has improved since the last game against the Carolina Panthers and the Panthers defense is vulnerable against the run.
Not many know that the Carolina Panthers defense has been solid in 2010. They have only allowed 260 yards of total offense on average and their run defense is among the best in the NFL. This game could be decided in the trenches and if this is the case the Carolina Panthers have a chance to be competitive. The New Orleans Saints offense has a slight edge over the Carolina Panthers defense.
New Orleans Saints -4.5 vs Carolina Panthers: Pick Against the Spread & Final Look
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has posted the New Orleans Saints as a 4.5 point favorite over the Carolina Panthers. The New Orleans Saints struggled against the Carolina Panthers at home winning 16-14 in the first game but they were adjusting to the many injuries in the backfield at the time.
One more point of contention with this game is the New Orleans Saints failure to cover a point spread. The Saints are 2-6 against the spread and it is always tough to bet on a team that fails to cover every weekend. The Carolina Panthers are also failing to cover their games and are 2-5 against the spread. Take the New Orleans -4.5 over the Carolina Panthers.
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