Panthers One Step Closer To Super Bowl With Win vs New Orleans

Posted by Aaron . on December 2, 2015 in

The undefeated Carolina Panthers head into the Superdome this Sunday to take on the New Orleans Saints (4-7). The Panthers are favored by a touchdown in this game, which features an over-under total of 49.5 points. In this game, the Panthers are simply looking to move closer to gaining that #1 seed in the NFC, which would give them the home field in the playoffs all the way to the Super Bowl.

Reasons to bet on the Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton has thrown for 2,466 yards this season, including 20 scores and nine picks, with a completion percentage of 57.2. In the last three games, Newton has thrown for six touchdowns. Ted Ginn Jr. and Greg Olsen are two top receivers, combining for ten scores and 1,233 receiving yards. Jericho Cotchery has 24 catches on the year. The Panthers average 138.9 yards per game on the ground, led by Jonathan Stewart’s 832 yards and four scores. The Panthers permit 18.6 points per game, as opponents gain 312.5 yards. Luke Kuechly had two picks last week against Dallas and leads the team with 75 tackles. Kawann Short leads the team with six sacks, and Josh Norman has deflected 15 passes.

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Reasons to bet on the New Orleans Saints

On the Saints’ side of the ball, they are trying to break a three-game losing streak. Quarterback Drew Brees has thrown for 2,972 yards, 20 scores and nine picks, completing 70 percent of his passes. In the last three games, Brees has a whopping 12 touchdown passes. Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks are two of his favorite targets, combining for nine scores and 1,327 receiving yards. The Saints rushing attack gains 101.3 yards per game, led by Mark Ingram’s 661 yards and five scores. On defense, the Saints allow a lot of points (30.8) and yards (418.6) each week, but that may be heading downward after the team fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Stephone Anthony leads all Saints with 72 tackles, and Cameron Jordan has picked up six sacks. Delvin Breaux has deflected 13 passes.

This is a big spread for a road team, but the Panthers are playing dominant ball right now. There’s no reason to think that they can’t waltz right into New Orleans and beat this team by double digits.