Online NFL Wagering Hating on Saints
Posted by: Mike Davis
The 2017 online NFL wagering continues this week with teams vying for an early spot in the divisional race. One division that is shaping up to be much tougher than expected is the NFC South, where the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons are both neck-and-neck at 2-0. Granted, we just got done with Week 2 and its still way too early in the season to be talking about playoff seeding. However, both teams have looked beyond great so far this season with the Falcons bullying the Green Bay Packers and the Carolina Panthers delivering a complete turnaround defensively.
So if the current race continues, it’s clear that the South will be a heated battle between the Panthers and Falcons this season. Needless to say, Carolina will need to pick up as many wins as possible if they are to compete with the reigning NFC Champions. Can the Panthers pick up a much-needed divisional win over the New Orleans Saints this weekend? Let’s find out what NFL sportsbooks have to say about it.
New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers – Sunday, September 24th
When: 1:00 pm ET
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Stream: Fox Sports Go, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Wagering Odds:
New Orleans Saints +6 (-115) 47 ½ (-110)
Carolina Panthers -6 (-105) 47 ½ (-110)
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are the obvious online NFL wagering underdogs of the matchup. And even though the money line has yet to come out, the 6-point spread line prediction makes it pretty clear that the betting NFL online bookmakers don’t think New Orleans has a shot of measuring up against the Panthers.
One of the biggest reasons for that is the fact that the Saints are coming off a massive blowout at the hands of the New England Patriots. At the end of their Week 2 match, the scoreboard read 36-20 – but that doesn’t really convey the type of day New England had. 40-year old quarterback Tom Bray finished the day with 447 yards, 3 touchdowns, and a 91.3 QBR rating. Out of 39 passing attempts Brady made, only 9 hit the ground.
With that in mind, it’s easy to understand why NFL sportsbooks are so unoptimistic about the Saints chances this Sunday.
This year’s Carolina squad has taken us all by surprise. Not so much for the wins they’ve pulled off, but rather the manner in which they did it. If in the preseason someone told you that the Panthers would start the season 2-0, you’d imagine that Cam Newton would be steering them to victory by maneuvering a high-powered offense. But that’s not what we’re seeing from Carolina in 2017.
Instead, the Panthers have managed to put forth one of the best defensive efforts of the NFL. Right now Carolina wields the league’s No. 1 overall defense, 2nd best pass defense, and are allowing the least amount of points per game with a eye-raising average of 3 points conceded per contest. This was unimaginable from last year’s point of view and it’s exactly what the Panthers need if they are to compete with the Falcons in the South. That, and an offense that can carry their own weight.