SAINTS VS. PANTHERS: NFL PREVIEW AT YOUWAGER

New Orleans Saints (10-4) at Carolina Panthers (10-4)

Kickoff: Sunday, December 22nd, at 1PM Eastern

Line: Carolina -3 Total: 46.5

Rematch! The New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers will square off again on Sunday in a battle for the NFC South title. The Panthers and the Saints are tied right now, and if Carolina loses this one, the Saints claim their division.
A few weeks ago in the 2013 NFL football wagering season, Carolina lost a road trip to New Orleans. This time, away from home, the Saints are 3 point underdogs at YouWager.

Carolina lost in New Orleans, but they haven’t lost many games since their shaky 0-2 start this season. Quarterback Cam Newton has completed 62.3 percent of his throws, for 21 touchdowns, with 11 interceptions. He has also rushed for 506 yards and 6 touchdowns. Greg Olsen has made 63 catches and 5 touchdowns. Steve Smith has made 63 and four touchdowns. On average, Carolina’s offense is producing 23.4 points and 326 yards per game. Their defense is giving up 14.9 points and 296.3 yards per game. The Panthers defense has been one of more formidable units in the 2013 NFL football betting season.

The Saints come to this contest after losing to the St. Louis Rams 27-16. A win in Charlotte will give them a title, and major boost into the postseason. But New Orleans is only 3-4 when they are on the road, Internet analysts point out. At home, they are 7-0. Quarterback Drew Brees has had a good season, completing 68.2 percent of his throws for 4,500 yards with 34 touchdowns, along with 10 interceptions. Pierre Thomas rushed for 521 yards and also made 71 catches. Darren Sproles, with 66 catches, averages 4.5 yards per carry. Jimmy Graham has made 76 catches, for 14 touchdowns. Marques Colston has made 64 and 5 touchdowns. New Orleans’ offense averages 25.6 points and 397 yards per game. Meanwhile, the Saints defense is allowing 19.3 points and 312.8 yards per game. Even if the Saints lose this game, they will be in line for a number two Wildcard spot in the NFC.

After a loss, the Saints are 25-10 against the spread. Against the NFC, they are 1-4 against the spread. They are 0-5 against the spread in their last five games on the road. In the last 26 games between these two teams, the road team is 19-7 against the spread. In their last 10 games, the Panthers are 7-2-1 against the spread. After a win, they are 6-2 against the spread. They are 6-1 against the spread against the NFC. Leading online oddsmakers give Carolina an edge for their running game and their defense. At YouWager, the Panthers are 3 point favorites. The Total is 46.5. Game time on Sunday is 1PM Eastern.

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