New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers 2010 NFL Predictions, 2010 NFL Odds & 2010 NFL Picks: NFC South rivals New Orleans and Carolina will square off this afternoon at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The divisional battle, which features the lowly Panthers gunning for just their second win of the season, is scheduled to get underway at 1:00pm ET on FOX. 2010 NFL Predictions, Odds & Picks at BetOnline.com have the Saints listed as a -6.5 against the spread road favorite; the game total is set at 41.
When these two rivals clashed in week four at the Superdome, New Orleans (5-3) found itself in an unexpected position as a late field goal helped them avoid an upset. Carolina did not light up the stat sheet in the loss, posting 251 total yards to the Saints 383; however, they made the most of two New Orleans fumbles and the Panthers defense played well in the red zone. The Saints scored just one time in five trips inside Carolina's 20 yard line.
Drew Brees and company are hoping for a better performance today as the look to win back-to-back games for the first time since their week two victory over the Forty-Niners.
New Orleans, perhaps, saved its season last Sunday with a critical win at home over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brees threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns in the win, but the Saints defense starred in the triumph. Gregg Williams' troops, which rank third in the league in yards per game allowed (287.2), held Pittsburgh to 279 total yards and 13 first downs.
Carolina (1-6), with its season already circling the drain, is playing for pride at this juncture. The Panthers were unable to follow up their lone win this season with another successful effort as they fell 20-10 last weekend at St. Louis.
Carolina's pathetic offense (ranks dead last in the NFL in yards per game [251.4] and points per game [12.1]), which is presently under the guidance of signal caller Matt Moore, managed just 201 total yards against the Rams rapidly improving defense. The aforementioned Moore tossed three picks in the setback.
The Panthers have won three of their last four games against the Saints in Charlotte, but trends be damned in this meeting. This should be a cake walk for the Saints, which will be well prepared after the close call in week four.
NFL Picks Betting Trend: The Saints are 8-2 against the spread and 9-1 straight up in their last 10 games as a road favorite with a total between 37 and 41.
New Orleans Saints -6.5 (-110), Over 41 (-110)
Carolina Panthers +6.5 (-110), Under 41 (-110)
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