New Orleans Saints
11-4-0 (5-2-0 V)
-5.5
69%
+5.5
31%
Carolina Panthers
5-10-0 (2-5-0 H)
Sun, Jan 3 - 4:25p ET   |   FOX   |   Bank of America Stadium
By Landon Smith

New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers NFL Football Week 17 Odds, Preview, Prediction and Picks

The Saints would drop to third in the conference with a loss and a Seattle win. Carolina snapped a three-game losing skid with a win at Washington last week.

New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers Key Players

#9 Drew Brees SAINTS
2741 YDS | 21 TD | 6 INT

#5 Teddy Bridgewater PANTHERS
3557 YDS | 15 TD | 9 INT

Preview

The New Orleans Saints are coming off a 52-33 win over the Minnesota Vikings in their last game on Christmas Day, December 25.

The Saints ran over a weak Viking defense throughout the game as RB Alvin Kamara hit six total touchdowns in an offensive blast from New Orleans.

The Saints are now 11-4 and have ended their annoying two-game losing streak. The Saints still have a chance to clinch the first-round pass with a win and a loss for the Packers.

The Saints are scoring 29.9 points per game as Drew Brees and his company still have one of the most powerful offenses in the league.

The Saints also gain 390.2 total yards per fight. The Saints are allowing 22.0 points per game, because despite allowing 33 points last week, the Saints' defense has been pretty strong this season.

The Carolina Panthers are coming off defeating the Washington soccer team in their last road game of Week 16.

The Panthers outscored the soccer team in the first half, taking a lead. 20-0 in the second quarter.

Washington went to great lengths to organize a comeback, but the Panthers defense held on and earned the team its fifth win of the season.

The Panthers may not need to win this game for some reason in the playoffs, but it affected the football team's chances of making the playoffs.

The Panthers score 22.9 points per game and also gain 365.9 total yards of attack per fight. The Panthers are allowing their opponents 24.6 points per game, as the defense has held up much better than most people would have thought going into this season.

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New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers Prediction

Momentum is a key factor in these late-season games, but the Panthers are expected to be motivated. They have a first-year head coach who is clearly looking to make a good impression to close out the season. Carolina had one of her best performances last week and has an offense that is capable of keeping this game close. It is also a rivalry game, which should add motivation. New Orleans will want to go a little slow as it prepares for a playoff series, especially with an injury-prone veteran quarterback.

 

WINNER: Carolina Panthers @ +5.5

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By Landon Smith, on 4:25p ET