Saints vs. Panthers Point Spread: NFL Predictions, Week 17 Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Dec 24, 2019

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Last weekend Michael Thomas had 12 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown, including the reception that set the single-season NFL record.

AT
December 29, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
Bank of America Stadium
Carolina
5-11
Pointspread -14 -110
Moneyline -675
Over / Under o +44.5

67%

Betting Action

33%

Pointspread +14 -110
Moneyline +528
Over / Under u +44.5

67%

Betting Action

33%

The New Orleans Saints have proven they deserve to be in the conversation among the legitimate Super Bowl contenders this season. Heading into Week 17, New Orleans has a golden opportunity to lock up one of the top seeds in the NFC. The Saints will clinch at least the No. 2 seed in the NFC with a win over the Carolina Panthers this Sunday afternoon. New Orleans, which is coming off back-to-back wins over the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans, will play its third road game in five weeks to close out the regular season. Meanwhile, following a strong start to the year the Panthers now limp into Week 17 on the heels of seven straight losses. They’ve been blown out on a weekly basis, so will anything change this week?

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Panthers have dropped seven straight games, including two of the last three by double-digit deficits. Carolina is still 6-8-1 against the spread this season but take note of the trends: the Panthers are just 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven losses. Carolina is just 1-4 against NFC South opponents this season.

Meanwhile, the Saints are 13-2 straight up and 12-3 against the spread in their last 15 road games overall. New Orleans is also 4-1 straight up against NFC South opponents this season. They have been one of the most profitable teams to bet on this year, posting a 10-5-0 record against the spread.

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans has really rose to the occasion over the past couple of weeks in particular. Now they need to finish strong. Drew Brees threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s win over the Titans. He hooked up with Michael Thomas on 12 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown, including the reception that set the single-season NFL record. Now, the Saints head to Carolina looking to control the time of possession and lock up a win without suffering any injuries. Alvin Kamara had 11 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns against Tennessee. He should have a great opportunity to run wild against one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. The Panthers allow the second-most rushing yards per game at 145.4 and are allowing a whopping 177.0 rushing yards per game over their last three contests. This should be a really easy win for the Saints if they’re even approaching those numbers.

Carolina Panthers

Rookie quarterback Will Grier’s debut didn’t go as planned in a 38-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts last week. Grier went 27-of-44 for 224 yards with three interceptions and five sacks. Grier has a ton of raw potential, but it’s going to take time for the Panthers to develop should they choose to do so. Meanwhile, running back Christian McCaffrey continues to do everything he can to keep Carolina in games. The problem is the lack of weapons around him on both sides of the football. They might be without one of those weapons on Sunday as receiver D.J. Moore is in the league’s concussion protocol.

The Panthers hung around on the road in a 34-31 loss to New Orleans the first time these teams played. After their season went south in a hurry, Carolina could have a tough time matching that effort this week at home. They’ve lost by 15.7 points per game over their last six, so they haven’t even been close.

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