Odds NFL: Saints vs Panthers NFL Free Picks Week 9

November 7th, 2010 by

saints vs panthersIt always helps to look at the positives in life and when looking over this Week 9 NFL betting odds matchup there simply doesn’t seem to be any for the Carolina Panthers (1-6). And it would be nice to say that the Saints will win this game simply because they’re the better team and playing at a high level (which is true on both accounts) but it could be Notre Dame across from the Carolina in this matchup and it would still be difficult the Panthers to win a game.

Even though the Saints (5-3) are coming off a major win of the Steelers at the Super Dome and look to be playoff contender, picking the Panthers to lose has more to do with how awful the Panthers are rather than how good the Saints are.

Kickoff for this Saturday matchup is set for 1:05 Eastern Time and SBG Global Sportsbook opened with the Saints as a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 41.

A solid case can made for the Saints however and the Drew Brees led offense looked terrific last week against the #1 defense in the NFL (Steelers are allowing just 14.6 ppg) scoring 20 points and doubling up Pittsburgh on the scoreboard (20-10 victory).

Aside from a 4 INT performance against the Browns in the Week 8 NFL gambling action Brees has been playing as his usual high level (291.8 ypg, 16 TDs, 11 INTs). The offense has fallen off a bit this season after leading the NFL in scoring last year but with its top 2 RBs out with injuries (Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush) it’s no secret why.

On defense this team has been surprisingly good as well. Last year this was the team’s main weakness but it was able to overcome its shortcomings by producing a heap of TOs. This year the team has 15 TOs in 8 games (middle of the pack) but is playing much better all around D. The Saints rank 8th in the NFL in allowing just 18.5 ppg and its 287.3 total yards per game is a testament to how much this unit has improved over last year’s ball hawking squad.

And that in a nutshell is why the Saints will crush the Panthers in this week’s sports betting challenge (-not to mention the Panthers are horrible).

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