Read on to get betting odds and analysis in our week 18 Panthers vs Saints pick and preview and see who we think will win and cover in New Orleans.

Panthers vs Saints Pick & Preview- NFL Week 18

The Carolina Panthers travel to take on the New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Kickoff for this week’s game is set for 1:00 PM ET and will be televised on FOX. The odds for this week 18 NFC South matchup have the Saints as the -3.5 point favorite on the spread.

Panthers vs Saints Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NFL
  • Teams: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
  • Where: New Orleans at Caesars Superdome
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds NO -3.5, CAR +161 | NO -200 O/U 41.5

Can Sam Darnold Help Lead The Panthers To A Road Upset At New Orleans?

Heading into week 18, the Panthers will look to get back in the win column, as they are coming off a 30-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Carolina entered the game as a 3.5-point underdog on the spread. The teams combined for a total of 54 points, which surpassed the over-under betting line of 40.

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Carolina struggled to run the ball last week, finishing with just 74 yards on 22 attempts. The team’s leading rusher was D’Onta Foreman, who finished with just 35 yards and a per-attempt average of 2.7.

At the quarterback position, Sam Darnold ended the game with a passer rating of 108.1 on 341 yards through the air. Darnold completed 3 passes for touchdowns. DJ Moore led the way for Carolina at receiver, finding the endzone once to go along with his 117 yards. As a team, Carolina ranks 28th in the number of pass yards per game, averaging 185.25 per game. Going into the game, the Panthers have thrown a total of 11.0 interceptions, coming on a passing completion percentage of 59.62% (30th).

Can Andy Dalton And The Saints Take Care Of Business At Home?

The Saints head into week 18 looking for another win, as they picked up 10 point victory over the Philadelphia Eagles (20-10). Not only did the Saints win the game, but they also covered the spread as 4.5-point underdogs. With an over-under betting line of 42, the two teams fell below that figure as they combined for 30.

Offensively, New Orleans found success in the run game, putting up 130 on 35 attempts. Alvin Kamara led the team with 74 rush yards and did not find the endzone.

On his way to throwing for 204 passing yards, Andy Dalton finished with a passer rating of 86.36. Dalton walked home from last week’s game without a passing or rushing touchdown. Leading the team’s passing attack was Rashid Shaheed, who finished with 79 yards, including yards per-reception figure of 13.2. With 30.44 passes per game, New Orleans ranks 26th in the league. Going into the game, the Saints have thrown a total of 14.0 interceptions, coming on a passing completion percentage of 66.64% (8th).

Odds & Free Betting Analysis for this NFL Game

The Panthers will be looking to pick up yet another win over the Saints as they picked up a 22-14 win at home in week 3. Not only did the Panthers come out on top in the win column, but they also covered the spread as +3.5 point underdogs. In last year’s matchups between Carolina and New Orleans, each team won a game. The Saints picked up a 18-10 victory, while the Panthers won by a score of 26-7.

Over the last 5 matchups between Carolina and New Orleans, the Saints have won 3 of the last 5 games. The two teams have combined to average 37.6 points per game in their last 5 meetings.

The Carolina Panthers have gone 2-2 vs the spread in these games. The Panthers’ offense has averaged 17.8 points per game over the 5 most recent meetings with New Orleans, compared to the Saints at 19.8.

In their last 5 games away from home, the Panthers have a straight-up record of 1-4-0 while going 3-2 vs the spread. The team averaged 22.4 points per game in this stretch.

When looking at their past 5 home matchups, New Orleans has an ATS record of 2-3 while averaging 22.2 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.

Panthers vs Saints Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Panthers 3.5