Saints vs. Panthers NFL Week 3 Odds, Game Preview & Expert Pick

Saints vs. Panthers NFL Week 3 Odds, Game Preview & Expert Pick

Written by on September 22, 2017

When a team starts the season 2-0, they are usually spared the type of inquisitions that are generally reserved for the teams who are off to a losing start. There are exceptions, though, and those usually come when the winning team is not really living up to expectations, as the NFL Week 3 odds indicates for the New Orleans Saints – Carolina Panthers divisional match-up. Panthers are favored by 5.5 points, with the O/U set at 46.5 points, but there is a little bit of that going on with them right now, with much of the negative attention being delivered in the direction of QB Cam Newton. The Carolina offense has been sputtering through the first two weeks of the season, and you get the definite sense that this team would almost certainly not be 2-0 if they were forced to face some of the better teams in the league. The Panthers have what looks to be another winnable game in Week 3 when they welcome in the New Orleans Saints, a team that has lost their opening two games of the season, and who seem to have a bit of an issue with one particular member of their squad. The Saints really need a win if they are to stay afloat in the NFC South, and the Panthers could use a better performance from their QB.

New Orleans (0-2) at Carolina (2-0) Game Preview & NFL Betting Pick

When: Sunday, September 24 at 1 PM EST Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte TV: FOX Radio: 870 AM (New Orleans) / 102.3 FM (Carolina) Live Stream: NFL Games Pass NFL Week 3 Odds: Carolina Panthers -5.5 (46.5)

Weather Forecast

  • Clear: 27°C/81°F
  • Humidity: 42%
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Cloud Cover: 3%
  • Wind: 7 mph NNE
  • Stadium Type: Open

Chargers are Slight NFL Betting Underdogs in Week 3 vs. the Chiefs

Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Record: Carolina leads 7-3
  • Score: New Orleans 26.8 / Carolina 28.9
  • Rush Yards: New Orleans 92.8 / 152.8
  • Pass Attempts: New Orleans 43.5 / Carolina 32.3
  • Completion Percentage: New Orleans 68.2% / Carolina 57.5%
  • Passing Yards: New Orleans 303 / Carolina 221.1
  • Total Yards: New Orleans 395.8 / Carolina 373.9
  • Turnovers: New Orleans 1.5 / Carolina 1

Why Bet on the Saints NFL Week 3 Odds?

The New Orleans Saints probably knew that they were taking a bit of a risk when they acquired the services of RB Adrian Peterson, but they probably also believed that it was more to do with his potential production numbers. Peterson hasn’t seen much of the football field in the opening two weeks of the season, and when he has been handed the rock, he has been ineffective. Peterson is not a happy camper right now, and he has been vocal, in both the media and the sidelines, about his lack of touches. It seems odd that he somehow believed that the Saints would go from a predominantly passing team to a run first set-up with his arrival. The reality is that it has been the same old story for the Saints in that they simply cannot stop the opposition from scoring. New Orleans have given up 65 points in their opening two games, and are essentially forced into passing the football in an effort to play catch-up. The Saints are actually a decent bet ATS on the road, as they are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games away from home.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 19.5
  • Total Yards: 386.5
  • Rush Yards: 70.5
  • Passing Yards: 316
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 32.5
  • Total Yards: 512.5
  • Rush Yards: 124
  • Passing Yards: 388.5

Why bet on the Panthers NFL Week 3 Odds?

Much has been made about the lackluster performance of Cam Newton and his offense through the opening 2 weeks of the season, but a match-up against the porous Saints defense may be just what the Panthers need to break loose offensively. If they are going to do that this weekend, they are going to need to do it without the services of TE Greg Olsen, who will be sidelined for about 6 weeks with a foot injury. The NFL Week 3 Odds are good for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers do have history in their favor with this match-up, as they have won 7 of their last 10 meetings versus the Saints, and while it has been the UNDER that has most commonly hit when these two meet, you get the sense that Carolina are ready for a big breakout game on offense, as the NFL Week 3 Odds suggests. This is a team that certainly likes to play at home, and who have put together 18 wins in their last 22 games in their own building.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 16
  • Total Yards: 271
  • Rush Yards: 96.5
  • Passing Yards: 174.5
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 3
  • Total Yards: 196.5
  • Rush Yards: 60
  • Passing Yards: 136.5

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers to finally turn in a solid offensive display this weekend, which means that I like them to win and cover. The Saints will find a way to put some points on the board, so let’s go with the OVER for this one. Score Prediction: New Orleans Saints 21 – Carolina Panthers 31

Latest NFL Week 3 Odds Trends

  • Saints are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games on the road
  • Saints are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road
  • The total went OVER in 4 of New Orleans’s last 6 games on the road
  • Panthers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games
  • Panthers are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Carolina’s last 6 games