Panthers Saints Betting – Defending Super Bowl Champions Host Winless Panthers Sunday In NFC South Clash
A missed field goal in a 27-24 loss to the Atlanta Falconshas been the only stain on an otherwise perfect season for the New Orleans Saints. After raising the franchise’s first Super Bowl banner at the Louisiana Superdome opening night, the Saints knocked off the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers in consecutive weeks, before suffering a tough loss at home to Atlanta. New Orleans will have the chance to rebound this weekend at home, where they will host the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are winless through their first three games of the season, and after handing the keys to rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen, the growing pains of this season may just be getting started.
NFL Betting: Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints
Online Sports Betting: Saints – 13.5
Why To Bet On The Panthers?
Despite having one of the most explosive running backs in the league, the Panthers don’t have the offensive line and passing game to open things up for their rush, and that has cost them early this season. While the defense is talented enough that they should be able to at least slow the New Orleans attack, the fact that their offense can’t sustain drives slows them down immensely, and that fatigue hurts their performance. Carolina intercepted Bengals’ quarterback Carson Palmer twice in the loss, but could only do so much with opposing offenses consistently pounding away. The Panthers turned the ball over four times against the Cincinnati Bengals, and if that happens again this football betting week then this one could get ugly in a hurry.
Why To Bet On The Saints?
Although the offense will always be the Saints’ strongest suit, the defense has quietly become one of the better units in the league. New Orleans almost completely shut down the Vikings in week one, and after looking a little soft against the 49ers, came unraveled against the Falcons. Despite allowing 24 points in regulation, the most they have submitted to this season, the Saints were still in position to win the game with an overtime field goal, but kicker Garrett Hartley couldn’t convert. Head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees are among the best in the game at reviewing tape and making corrections, so expect for the offense to come out flying as the Saints should get back on the online sports betting winning track.
How The Game Will Play Out
While the Panthers may not be as terrible as their record indicates, they have major question marks on both sides of the ball, and are not ready to take down the defending Super Bowl champions on their own turf in a week following the Saints’ first loss of the season. New Orleans will bring pressure on Clausen the same way they did against Brett Favre week one, and it’s hard to expect that the rookie will handle it any better than the future hall of famer did.
Panthers Saints Betting Pick: Saints