NFL

Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints

Carolina
Panthers
6 - 9
New Orleans
Saints
13 - 2
December 30, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
 | Caesars Superdome

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Carolina
Panthers
6 - 9
New Orleans
Saints
13 - 2
December 30, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
 | Caesars Superdome
  • Following their thrilling come-from-behind victory in Week 16, the New Orleans Saints guaranteed that the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC will go through the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, as they clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. With nothing to play for, aside from padding their stats, one has to wonder if the Saints will roll out their full roster for their final home regular-season game against the Carolina Panthers. With the Panthers also eliminated from playoff contention, they are just looking to finish the season on a strong note and end their seven-game losing streak.

    SHARK BITES
    • The total has gone OVER in seven of Carolina’s last nine games vs New Orleans (avg. combined score: 53.11).
    • Carolina is 1-8 ATS in its last nine December road games.
    • The total has gone OVER in 13 of Carolina’s last 18 road games after consecutive home games.

    Panthers vs Saints Game Center

    WHAT AM I BETTING ON SUNDAY? SAINTS TO COVER

    The Saints have two scenarios for playing out Sunday’s regular-season finale: they can rest their key starters and avoid the risk of injury, or they can roll out their top players in a game where they will lack the usual motivation as they have clinched everything they can possibly attain in the regular season.

    The former seems like a good possibility since their MVP candidate, quarterback Drew Brees, is 38 years old, Alvin Kamara has had 74 more touches in his sophomore season than in his rookie campaign and the wide receiver corps has a fair drop-off after All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas.

    If they do go to their reserves, we can expect to get a good look at Teddy Bridgewater, who was acquired from the New York Jets early in the season but has only attempted one pass all year. Bridgewater, however, still gives the Saints an advantage over who’s under center for the Panthers.

    With Cam Newton shut down for the season due to a shoulder injury, the Panthers turned last week to Taylor Heinicke, an undrafted quarterback with his fourth team in four seasons. He completed 33 of 53 passes for 274 yards in Week 16, but threw just one touchdown against three interceptions. He left the game with an elbow injury, and his status for Week 17 is still up in the air. 

    If he can’t go, undrafted rookie Kyle Allen, with all of four career pass attempts, would be next in line.

    Regardless of the starter, he’s likely inferior to whomever New Orleans will send out, and the Panthers have far less depth in almost every other area, so even if they play their starters, it’s hard to see them being able to pull out the victory.

    My money is on the Saints covering either way.

    MCCAFFREY PROVING HIS SNUBBERS WRONG

    While the NFC is loaded for running back talent, one of the biggest snubs for the Pro Bowl rosters was Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.

    The Panthers’ star sophomore leads the team with 1,080 rushing yards, as well as leading the team with 106 receptions and 845 receiving yards, while also pacing the roster with 13 total touchdowns. Among all NFL backs, he’s fourth in rushing yards, first in receptions and receiving yards and his 1,925 yards from scrimmage in the second-most in all of the NFL.  

    Unfortunately for McCaffrey, he was not named to the Pro Bowl, as Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley and Saquon Barkley also reside in the NFC. While he may not end up in Hawaii at season’s end, he’s certainly been one of the most dynamic talents in the league this season, and if Carolina wants any chance to end the year with a win, “CMac” will likely get an abundance of touches in Week 17 … especially with a second- (or third-) string quarterback.

    SAINTS’ SECRET WEAPON KEPT UNDER WRAPS

    Earlier in the season, New Orleans’ secret weapon was their Swiss Army knife, quarterback/wide receiver Taysom Hill.

    The undrafted rookie was an interesting part of the Saints’ offensive game plan, receiving multiple touches from Weeks 3-12, while also acting as a decoy and adding a unique twist to the Saints offense.

    While he was lauded for the wrinkle he added to New Orleans’ high-powered attack, he has received just three touches in the past four weeks combined. It may be coincidence that Hill’s decline in usage has come at the same time as New Orleans’ offense has hit a rut, or it may not be, but if the Saints want to have an extended run in the playoffs, they may want to look at adding Hill back into the fold.

    With nothing on the line in Sunday’s matchup, this would be a good time to give Hill some more reps and see that he can still contribute in a number of different ways.

Odds

Sunday, December 30 Sun Dec 30


Opening
Current

Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Opening
+9
-120
+289
o44.5
-115
-9
+100
-331
u44.5
-105
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Current
+8
-118
+270
o42
-105
-8
-102
-325
u42
-115

Edge Finder

20.41
Points Scored
19.41
176.24
Passing Yards
217.00
130.00
Rushing Yards
116.76
28:33
Time on Field
29:31
57.41
Number of Plays
59.71
5.33
Yards Per Play
5.59
20.41
Points Scored
19.41
2.76
First Quarter
3.82
6.29
Second Quarter
5.29
3.71
Third Quarter
4.59
7.65
Fourth Quarter
5.71
176.24
Passing Yards
217.00
26.88
Pass Attempts
30.12
15.71
Pass Completions
19.88
2.12
Sacks
2.24
14.71
Sack Yards
16.41
11.22
Yards Per Pass
10.91
130.00
Rushing Yards
116.76
28.41
Rush Attempts
27.35
4.58
Yards Per Rush
4.27
0.76
Interceptions
0.82
1.71
Fumbles
1.35
0.47
Fumbles Lost
0.65
1.24
Total Turnovers
1.47
6.12
Penalties
5.82
50.71
Penalty Yards
49.47
28:33
Time on Field
29:31
57.41
Number of Plays
59.71
5.33
Yards Per Play
5.59
4.76
Punts
4.53
48.45
Punt Average
46.39
67.76
Return Yards
55.76

Head To Head

CAR
Stat Type NO
4-6
Record
6-4
3-6-1
ATS
6-3-1
7-3
O/U
7-3
24.90
Points Scored
26.70
127.60
Rush Yds
100.00
34.50
Pass Attempts
38.70
57.10
Completion %
69.77
223.60
Passing Yds
281.10
351.2
Total Yds
381.1
1.30
Turnovers
1.40
CAR
Stat Type NO
0-3
Record
3-0
2-1
ATS
1-2
2-1
O/U
2-1
18.67
Points Scored
24.67
105.67
Rush Yds
114.67
33.00
Pass Attempts
34.00
58.59
Completion %
69.61
207.33
Passing Yds
270.67
313
Total Yds
385.33
1.00
Turnovers
1.33
Dec 17/18 (1 of 10)
CAR
Stat Type NO
Home
Away
9
Points Scored
12
+6
ATS
-6
50.5 o
O/U
50.5 u
98
Rush Yds
155
30
Pass Attempts
35
56.67
Completion %
65.71
149
Passing Yds
191
247
Total Yds
346
2
Turnovers
2
Jan 7/18 (2 of 10)
CAR
Stat Type NO
Away
Home
26
Points Scored
31
+6.5
ATS
-6.5
47.5 o
O/U
47.5 u
107
Rush Yds
41
41
Pass Attempts
33
58.54
Completion %
69.70
306
Passing Yds
369
413
Total Yds
410
0
Turnovers
1
Dec 3/17 (3 of 10)
CAR
Stat Type NO
Away
Home
21
Points Scored
31
+5.5
ATS
-5.5
47.5 o
O/U
47.5 u
112
Rush Yds
148
28
Pass Attempts
34
60.71
Completion %
73.53
167
Passing Yds
252
279
Total Yds
400
1
Turnovers
1
Sep 24/17 (4 of 10)
CAR
Stat Type NO
Home
Away
13
Points Scored
34
-5.5
ATS
+5.5
46 o
O/U
46 u
132
Rush Yds
149
33
Pass Attempts
29
57.58
Completion %
75.86
156
Passing Yds
213
288
Total Yds
362
3
Turnovers
0
Nov 17/16 (5 of 10)
CAR
Stat Type NO
Home
Away
23
Points Scored
20
-3
ATS
+3
53 o
O/U
53 u
50
Rush Yds
107
33
Pass Attempts
44
42.42
Completion %
79.55
173
Passing Yds
264
223
Total Yds
371
0
Turnovers
2
Oct 16/16 (6 of 10)
CAR
Stat Type NO
Away
Home
38
Points Scored
41
-2.5
ATS
+2.5
53 o
O/U
53 u
103
Rush Yds
63
47
Pass Attempts
49
57.45
Completion %
69.39
303
Passing Yds
460
406
Total Yds
523
2
Turnovers
1
Dec 6/15 (7 of 10)
CAR
Stat Type NO
Away
Home
41
Points Scored
38
-5.5
ATS
+5.5
50.5 o
O/U
50.5 u
175
Rush Yds
70
41
Pass Attempts
42
68.29
Completion %
57.14
322
Passing Yds
264
497
Total Yds
334
3
Turnovers
1
Sep 27/15 (8 of 10)
CAR
Stat Type NO
Home
Away
27
Points Scored
22
-10
ATS
+10
43 o
O/U
43 u
119
Rush Yds
70
31
Pass Attempts
38
64.52
Completion %
81.58
312
Passing Yds
310
431
Total Yds
380
0
Turnovers
2
Dec 7/14 (9 of 10)
CAR
Stat Type NO
Away
Home
41
Points Scored
10
+8.5
ATS
-8.5
50.5 o
O/U
50.5 u
271
Rush Yds
92
33
Pass Attempts
49
63.64
Completion %
59.18
226
Passing Yds
218
497
Total Yds
310
0
Turnovers
2
Oct 30/14 (10 of 10)
CAR
Stat Type NO
Home
Away
10
Points Scored
28
+3
ATS
-3
48.5 o
O/U
48.5 u
109
Rush Yds
105
28
Pass Attempts
34
35.71
Completion %
70.59
122
Passing Yds
270
231
Total Yds
375
2
Turnovers
2

Team Records

CAR
Record NO
6-9
All
13-2
5-3
Home
6-1
1-6
Away
7-1
6-9
ATS
10-5
5-3
ATS Home
4-3
1-6
ATS Away
6-2
7-8
O/U
6-9
5-3
O/U Home
4-3
2-5
O/U Away
2-6
CAR
Record NO
4-7
All
9-2
3-3
Home
4-1
1-4
Away
5-1
4-7
ATS
8-3
3-3
ATS Home
4-1
1-4
ATS Away
4-2
4-7
O/U
4-7
3-3
O/U Home
3-2
1-4
O/U Away
1-5
CAR
Record NO
1-4
All
4-1
1-2
Home
1-1
0-2
Away
3-0
2-3
ATS
3-2
2-1
ATS Home
1-1
0-2
ATS Away
2-1
0-0
O/U
0-0
0-0
O/U Home
0-0
0-0
O/U Away
0-0
CAR
Record NO
3-7
All
9-1
2-3
Home
4-0
1-4
Away
5-1
4-6
ATS
7-3
3-2
ATS Home
3-1
1-4
ATS Away
4-2
4-6
O/U
3-7
3-2
O/U Home
2-2
1-4
O/U Away
1-5

Gametime Weather

Weather
11:00 am EST Overcast
17ºC / 63ºF
89% Humidity
3% Precipitation
99% Cloud Cover
Stadium Type Indoor
Field Image

Injuries

Name Position Inj Desc
No Injuries to Report
Name Position Inj Desc
No Injuries to Report

Last 10 Games

Date Opp Score SU Line/Total ATS OFF. RUSH OFF. PASS OFF. TOTAL DEF. RUSH DEF. PASS DEF. TOTAL TO
Dec 23, 2018ATL10-24L+3/46L/U1412954361942334272
Dec 17, 2018NO9-12L+6/50.5W/U981492471551913460
Dec 9, 2018CLE20-26L-1/48L/U96297393116232348-1
Dec 2, 2018TB17-24L-3.5/52L/U168276444952203153
Nov 25, 2018SEA27-30L-3/46.5L/O220256476753223971
Nov 18, 2018DET19-20L-4/48.5L/U56331387942153091
Nov 8, 2018PIT21-52L+3.5/51L/O951472421383194572
Nov 4, 2018TB42-28W-6/55.5W/O17922840782219301-2
Oct 28, 2018BAL36-21W+2.5/44.5W/O154232386101224325-3
Oct 21, 2018PHI21-17W+5/45W/U12125037158284342-1
View Game Logs
Date Opp Score SU Line/Total ATS OFF. RUSH OFF. PASS OFF. TOTAL DEF. RUSH DEF. PASS DEF. TOTAL TO
Dec 23, 2018PIT31-28W-6.5/53.5L/O5731337065364429-1
Dec 17, 2018CAR12-9W-6/50.5L/U155191346981492470
Dec 9, 2018TB28-14W-9.5/54.5W/U1001982981051742791
Nov 29, 2018DAL10-13L-7.5/51.5L/U65111176100208308-1
Nov 22, 2018ATL31-17W-12.5/61W/U15016231226340366-3
Nov 18, 2018PHI48-7W-7/56.5W/U17337354658138196-3
Nov 11, 2018CIN51-14W-6/53.5W/O244265509110174284-2
Nov 4, 2018LAR45-35W+2/57W/O141346487923914830
Oct 28, 2018MIN30-20W-2.5/54W/U10616427085338423-1
Oct 21, 2018BAL24-23W+2.5/49.5W/U134205339772743511
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