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Saints Panthers Betting Predictions – Frustrated Saints Try To Contain Carolina And Cam Newton

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/11/2012 6:43:42 PM

The New Orleans Saints suffered an unexpected loss in week one, despite having players reinstated following a favorable appellate ruling in the BountyGate scandal. On to week two.

New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers – Sunday, September 16    
Betting line: New Orleans -2.5

Why New Orleans Will Win

The NFL betting calculus suggests that New Orleans should be able to get back on track in this game. The Saints rejoiced before week one when Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith had their punishments from the offseason's "BountyGate" scandal overturned by an appellate panel. The NFL reinstated the two players, who were expected to give a jump-start to the Saints' defense. It's true that Vilma was injured, but Smith was available to make a difference this past Sunday against the Washington Redskins. The Saints' inability to stop Washington, however, led to a 40-32 loss, a setback made all the more irritating because franchise quarterback Drew Brees threw an interception late in the game that sealed his team's fate.

The odds suggest that New Orleans will rebound in this contest. The Carolina team facing the Saints did not play well at all in an ugly week-one loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers' starting quarterback, Cameron Newton, was flummoxed and boxed in by the Bucs, and as a result, Carolina has to be down on itself entering week two. The Saints are under pressure to win this game, but it's hard to imagine them going to 0-2 while the Panthers improve to 1-1. Even though New Orleans has an "interim interim" coach in Aaron Kromer, the Saints should be able to find the answers needed to dig out of a hole and repair their chances of winning the NFC South Division this season.

Why Carolina Will Win

When football betting pundits look at this game from a Carolina perspective, they're going to note how poorly the Panthers performed in week one against Tampa Bay, but they're also going to unearth a very simple and convincing reason why this team can take down the formidable Saints.

It's obvious that New Orleans' defense – which got shredded by the San Francisco 49ers in last season's playoffs – is substantially vulnerable. The Saints are particularly weak in the face of athletic, multi-skilled quarterbacks who can scramble. Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins decimated the Saints with his full toolbox of skills, and in the person of Cameron Newton, Carolina has that same kind of quarterback, a dynamic runner who can make plays out of the pocket and thrive even when his planned routes break down. Newton took the NFL by storm last year. He was, by the end of the season, a force to be reckoned with and the primary reason why the Panthers deserved to be taken seriously entering the 2012 campaign. He had a terrible opener against Tampa Bay, but he should be better this time. He should shrug off a rough opener against a team that had ample time to game plan for him. Newton, though, can torch this vulnerable New Orleans defense.

Who Will Win

It’s going to be a shootout, but the Saints have too much riding on this game to lose it. Drew Brees will excel in a 10-point New Orleans triumph.

NFL Football Betting Pick: New Orleans


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