The defending NFC champions try to keep their fading playoff and division hopes alive on Thursday night against an NFL South rival in the Saints vs Panthers. Cam Newton and the Panthers have played better in the past few weeks, but Drew Brees and the Saints have surprised many by being ultra competitive this season, so it will be no walk in the park for the Panthers. We expect the Saints vs. Panthers score to be a high one, but not as high as their first meeting since both teams will be playing on a short week.
Saints vs. Panthers Prediction: Carolina 34, New Orleans 31
The Saints vs. Panthers has high potential to be a high-scoring shootout since the teams combined to score just under 80 points the last time they met up. In our Saints vs. Panthers prediction, we think both teams will score more than 30 this time around in Charlotte, and the game will be decided by three points again, but we don’t think the score will be quite as high as the first time they met in New Orleans.
The season has gotten off to a rough start for Cam Newton and the defending NFC champions and Thursday night’s Saints vs. Panthers game is likely a must-win for the Panthers if they hope to stay in the race for the NFL South and in the thick of the wild card race. For Drew Brees and the 4-5 Saints, the season has been one of ups and downs and close games as they have either won or lost almost every game this season by razor thin margins.
Our Saints vs. Panthers prediction has the Saints vs. Panthers being a back-and-forth affair, similar to the first meeting of the two division rivals last month, with Cam Newton and Drew Brees trading shots and putting points up on the board. With their home field advantage and week-to-week improvement, we think the Panthers squeeze out a three-point win and continue to pick themselves up out of the NFC South cellar with a 34-31 win in our Saints vs. Panthers prediction.
What to Expect
Just about every game the Saints play this year turns out to be a close one. The average margin of victory for the winner in each game the Saints have played this year is just six points. So, there is a very good chance Thursday night’s game at Carolina could end up being a tight battle.
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