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New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers Tips - Panthers to cover
- NFL Week 2 game will take place at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Sunday (18:00 BST)
- The Saints walloped the Packers 38-3 in their opening game
- The Panthers beat the Jets 19-14 at home last week
- The Saints have won their last 4 meetings against the Panthers including 2 wins last season
The Panthers entertain the Saints in Week 2. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
This should be a very interesting divisional battle with two new faces at quarterback.
Just like everyone expected, Jameis Winston leads the league in passing touchdowns heading into Week 2 following New Orleans’ stunning win over the Packers, while the Sam Darnold era is off to a hot start in Carolina following last week’s big win over the Jets.
The bookies are favouring the Saints here by just over a field goal, but I think there’s a case to be made for the Panthers if the defence can play like it did last week.
Matt Rhule’s side held the Jets to 252 total yards and just four third-down conversions, not to mention the six sacks the Panthers landed on Zach Wilson.
You could argue that this came against one of the worst offences in the league, but I also think the Saints win over Green Bay was more about the Packers not showing up than it was Winston’s big day under centre.
History also tells us the Saints have enjoyed the better part of this matchup over the last two years, but with a strong 8-3 record as the underdog against the spread last season, I think the Panthers are a good underdog play at home.
06 December 2021
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