NFL Week 7 Picks: Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints Predictions
This Week 7 matchup features two teams fighting to try and catch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers atop the NFC South. But the Saints come in banged up at wide receiver and the Panthers are still missing their best player. So, what can we expect?
- The Panthers have lost by more than seven points once this season
- The Saints are 2-3 ATS in 2020
I haven’t been impressed by either the Saints or the Panthers this season, and the two teams are just a half game apart in the NFC South standings, so it’s a little surprising to see such a big line.
New Orleans comes into the game dealing with a long list of missing WRs, which makes life tough for the Saints, who rank 12th in the NFL in pass attempts per game.
New Orleans is without both Emmanuel Sanders and Michael Thomas this week, which means you’ll see a receiving corps that consists of Tre’Quan Smith, Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway and Bennie Fowler.
Thomas is still out with a lingering hamstring injury and Sanders was added to the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday afternoon.
Conservatively speaking, Alvin Kamara could see 150 touches this weekend as he’s the only real healthy weapon Drew Brees has around him.
The Saints are just 2-3 against the spread this season and have let two inferior teams hang around in both of their last two games against Detroit and the LA Chargers.
Meanwhile, the Panthers don’t wow you on paper, especially without Christian McCaffrey, but they’ve been a solid team so far. Robby Anderson and DJ Moore give Teddy Bridgewater two weapons on the outside, it’s just a matter of whether or not he utilizes those weapon, with only four TD passes on the year.
Last week’s performance against the Bears was not a good one, but the defense in Chicago is one of the three best in football, so struggling against them is not necessarily something to worry about.
If NOLA was coming in with a full roster that included two of the better receivers in football, I’d be much more likely to lay the 7.5 points against an average Carolina team. But, with Sanders and Thomas out and taking into account how the Saints have played the past two weeks, I like the Panthers to keep it within a touchdown.
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Week 7 is here and the season is really hotting up. The Chiefs and Ravens have had their ups and downs so far, but still find themselves as the two betting favorites for the Super Bowl. The Chiefs should have no problems against the Broncos on Sunday, whereas the Ravens have a bye week, so perhaps it's time for another team to steal the limelight in week 7.
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