New Orleans Saints versus Carolina Panthers Pick Prediction NFL Pro Football Odds Preview 12-30-2012

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Two NFC South division rivals will close out the season as the Carolina Panthers will travel to face the New Orleans Saints in an NFL pro football game on Sunday afternoon. Kick off time from New Orleans is scheduled for 1PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by FOX.

The betting odds from this NFL game have the home team New Orleans Saints favored by -5 points with an over under line of 54 points. Early money from the bettors has landed on the side of the home team as New Orleans is now favored by -5 ½ points. The total has not moved off the opener of 54 points.

These two NFL clubs met in week two on September 16th and it was the Panthers with the 35-27 home win against the Saints as a +3 point underdog. The game landed over 53 ½ points. Both teams moved the football up and down the field with well over 400 yards gained by each offense. NFL Trend: Carolina Panthers are 3-0 ATS in their past three games.

The Panthers have won three straight and enter play with a record of 6-9 on the year. The club is 3-4 on the road. The team comes off the 17-6 home win last week against the Oakland Raiders as a -9 ½ point betting favorite. The game landed under 47 points. It was another good defensive effort by the Panthers as they allowed just seven points at the Chargers the previous week. On the season Carolina is now the eighth ranked defense in the league by allowing 325 yards a game. Second year quarterback Cam Newton has completed 58% of his passes with 19 touchdowns and 11 picks. Newton has just one intercepted pass over his past six games.

The Saints are also playoff eliminated as they host the Panthers with a record of 7-8 on the year. The team is 4-3 straight up at home. New Orleans is riding a two game win streak and with a win on Sunday will finish with a .500 record. New Orleans is coming off the 34-31 road defeat to the Dallas Cowboys last week in overtime as a +1 point underdog. The game landed over 54 points. The Saints have put up some point totals in recent weeks as they tally 41 points against Tampa Bay the week prior. The team has struggled defensively this year as the 32nd and least productive unit in the NFL by allowing 434 yards a game. Quarterback Drew Brees has thrown for 39 touchdowns and 18 picks on the year and completes 62% of his throws. After passing for nine interceptions in weeks 12, 13 and 14 Brees has no picks in his past two games.