How To Bet On Panthers Saints – New Orleans Gives Cam a Season-Ending Loss
Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints – Sunday December 30, 2012 1:00PM EST
The NFL betting experts have noticed that Carolina Panthers’ quarterback has a lot of growing up to do if he wants to become an elite NFL quarterback and respected leader. Newton’s early season pouting after Carolina losses has been replaced with an inability to control his temper on the field, costing his team precious yardage because of misconduct penalties. This season has been quite a revelation for Panthers’ fans and the Carolina front office. Cam Newton has shown very little ability to handle the pressures of being in the NFL, and that could be a problem going forward for Newton and the Panthers.
The betting sites acknowledge that the New Orleans Saints have one of the best on-field leaders in the league in quarterback Drew Brees, but the team seems lost without head coach Sean Payton. Despite all of the trials and tribulations the Saints has been through this season, the team can still finish with a respectable 8-8 record if it can slow down Cam Newton and beat the Carolina Panthers. After putting a dent in the Dallas Cowboys’ playoff chances in week 16, Brees and the Saints look forward to the chance to give Cam Newton a lesson in growing up in the NFL.
Why the Panthers Will Win
When all things are considered, the Carolina Panthers actually matches up well against the New Orleans Saints. The online sportsbook experts would expect the Panthers’ pass rush to be able to put pressure on Drew Brees and make things miserable for the all-pro quarterback. Newton and the Carolina offense are actually a potent unit when Newton is focused on the game at hand. If the Panthers can win this game, then it will finish with a slightly better record than last year. That may be all the inspiration Newton needs to focus on the game and execute the game plan.
Why the Saints Will Win
People outside the Saints’ organization do not realize how significant an 8-8 record would be for the Saints in 2012. It is not a winning record, but it is not a losing record either. Next season, Sean Payton will be back on the sidelines and the Saints can focus on a 2013 playoff run. But, for now, the Saints will have to be happy with finishing strong and winning the final home game of the season.
The Bottom Line
The Carolina Panthers have a lot of work to do if it is going to develop a playoff caliber team for next season. The offensive line needs help and the entire defense needs an overhaul. The Saints are in a similar situation, but the changes would not need to be as drastic in New Orleans to create a winning team. In this game, the Saints get to say “thank you” to its fans for supporting what wound up being one of the most chaotic seasons in recent NFL memory.
Pick: New Orleans Saints