NFL Week 6 Predictions - Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints

Carolina Panthers players gathered around in field

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 10:58 PM GMT

If you’re contemplating an early wager on this Sunday’s Carolina/New Orleans game, we highly suggest reading Ross Benjamin’s article. He suggests you should take a wait and see approach before diving in head first. 

Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints

New Orleans will host Carolina in an NFC South clash on Sunday. As of this moment (10/11), many of the best sportsbooks have no line on this contest, and it's due to an uncertain status of several key personnel for Carolina. Nevertheless, there are a few betting sites that have listed an early NFL point spread. BetOnline, SportsBetting, and GTBets all currently have Carolina as a 3.0-point favorite.

Series History

Carolina has won 6 of the last 8 games between these division rivals, and that includes each of the last 3. Both games last season went over the total, and there were a combined 64.0 points scored per contest. As a matter of fact, 4 of the last 5 played in New Orleans in this series have surpassed the number, and there were a cumulative 63.6 points scored per game. At this present time, no credible betting sites have a total on Sunday's game.

Carolina Injury Issues

As of Tuesday 10/11, Cam Newton remains in concussion protocol, and his status for this week's game against New Orleans is listed as questionable. Starting running back Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) and offensive left tackle Michael Oher (concussion) are tabbed questionable as well.

On the defensive side, starting cornerback James Bradberry (toe) who missed Monday night's loss against Tampa Bay is also questionable. Couple that with the shocking release of cornerback Bene Benwikere last Friday and Carolina's quality depth at that position leaves much to be desired.

Panthers Riches to Rags

Carolina put together a marvelous 15-1 regular season campaign a year ago and then advanced to the Super Bowl. They've looked like anything but the defending NFC champions thus far, and a 1-4 start clearly supports that notion. Carolina had an outstanding +21 turnover margin a season ago, and that was an NFL best. However, their first 5 games in 2016 have been an antithesis of last year. Carolina has a -7 turnover margin to date, and that includes -9 over their previous 4 games.

Confidence Booster for Saints

After losing their first 2 games by a combined 4 points, and following it up with an embarrassing 45-32 home loss before a Monday night national television audience, New Orleans rallied for a 35-34 win at San Diego two weeks ago. The Saints will enter this game coming off a bye week. Unfortunately, they're 0-3 during the past 3 seasons following a bye week.

Final Thought

Check back later this week for an update on this contest. At that juncture, some uncertainties should be cleared up. Until that time, this game won't be included among my early NFL week 7 predictions.

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