SAINTS VS. PANTHERS: NFL PREVIEW AT YOUWAGER

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

Kickoff: Sunday, at 1PM Eastern

Line: New Orleans -3 Total: 45.5

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Some NFL football wagering fans consider the Carolina Panthers to be recent upstarts in their division, the NFC South. Internet oddsmakers point out that Carolina’s rally actually began earlier, last season. As the year wore on, the Panthers weren’t getting a lot of national attention. But they were learning how to win. In Week 17, their 5th victory was a 44-38 win on the road, in New Orleans.

In that game, Carolina’s DeAngelo Williams claimed 210 yards and 2 touchdowns. Mike Tolbert had 3. The Panthers also beat the Saints in Week 2. But the Panthers are 3 point underdogs at YouWager.

Why? The Saints are stronger this year. Head Coach Sean Payton is back, and their defense appears to be more formidable. Until their recent embarrassing 34-7 loss to Seattle, Drew Brees and company were considered to be one of the better teams in the league. New Orleans will have a major home advantage in the Superdome. In the 2013 NFL football season, they are undefeated at home. Discounting his holiday, a year-long suspension, under coach Sean Payton, New Orleans has not lost, against the spread, in front of a home audience.

But the Saints just got their butts kicked, by the Seattle Seahawks. And as many online sportsbook bettors have noted, teams do not typically play well after losing to Seattle. The Seahawks have a tough defense, they can run the ball, and they have a hot young quarterback. These ingredients could also describe the Carolina Panthers, and explain their current 9-3 record. Carolina has won 8 games in a row, and in those games, they are 7-1 against the spread. Quarterback Cam Newton and his team won both of their matchups with New Orleans in the 2012 NFL football wagering season. In 8 of their last 10 games against division rivals, Carolina has covered the spread. The Panthers are tied with the Saints, at the top of the NFC South. They need this win to take the title.

In their last 12 games in New Orleans, Carolina has covered the spread in 11. In their last 30 games at home, the Saints are 21-8-1 against the spread. In the 2013 football wagering season, the Saints have gone 9-3 and 6-5-1 against the spread. At YouWager, the Saints are 3 point favorites. The Total is 45.5. Game time Sunday afternoon is 1PM Eastern.

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