Free Sunday NFL Picks: Panthers vs Saints (12/8/2013)

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
Date and Time: Sunday, 12/8/13 at 8:25pm on NBC
Game Line: New Orleans Saints -3.5 (from JustBet)
Over/Under: 45.5
Sunday NFL Football Analysis: The Carolina Panthers have won eight straight games while New Orleans hasn’t lost at home this season.  One of those streaks will end on Sunday Night Football this weekend.  New Orleans is happy to be returning home where the crowd will be on their side not against them as they were during a 34-7 rout in Seattle on Monday Night Football.  Even with the loss, both of these teams are 9-3 and tied for first place in the NFC South with the winner of this game taking a drivers seat to the division title.  The second game of this series will be in two weeks in Carolina.  After the Panthers 27-6 win over Tampa Bay they will match their very strong defense against Drew Brees and the high power New Orleans Saints offense.  Carolina is allowing a league low 13.1 points per game and only 290 yards, second best in the NFL.  The Saints short week got even shorter due to a delay with the Saints’ charter flight that forced them to stay over in Seattle on Monday. New Orleans didn’t get home until after 3 p.m. local time Tuesday, nearly 12 hours after they had planned to return. The Panthers have won four straight on the road and were the last team to beat New Orleans at the Superdome, 44-38 on Dec. 20 last season.   Since that loss Drew Brees has cracked 300 yards in each of the six home games this season, with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions.  New Orleans is averaging 33.2 points at home, trailing only Denver and Dallas but Carolina’s defense forces a lot of turnovers.  This should be a great showdown of offense against defense.  The line for this game is not as high as it would be if the Saints weren’t manhandled by Seattle on Monday Night Football for all the world to see.  They’re still one of the best teams in the NFC and Cam Newton and the Carolina offense aren’t strong enough to win a game late in the fourth quarter in New Orleans just yet.
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints Free NFL Picks: New Orleans Saints -3.5 and over 45.5
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints Game Prediction: 29-21 Saints
What to expect in this NFL Football match up: It’s hard to bet agianst Drew Brees coming home after having one of the worst performances of his career.  Carolina’s defense is very strong but they’re running into an angry giant in the New Orleans offense at home.  If New Orleans scores into the high 20s, their defense will be strong enough to contain the Panthers mediocre offense.  If they can keep Cam Newton in the pocket and force him to be a passer and not make plays with his feet they should win this game easily at home and lead the NFC South by themselves.

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