Panthers-Saints Betting Preview: Who Will Win the Battle of the Backups?
Jeremy Brevard, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Alvin Kamara
Betting odds: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
- Spread: Saints -7
- Over/Under: 42.5
- Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
- TV channel: FOX
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Playoff picture: The Saints have absolutely nothing to play for; they’re locked into the NFC’s No. 1 overall seed. That helps explain why New Orleans is starting Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback instead of Drew Brees. — Scott T. Miller
Betting market: While the Saints will be taking it easy wit their studs, the Panthers are rolling out third-string quarterback Kyle Allen. Hence the 7-point line.
Spread bets have been fairly split in terms of tickets, but Carolina is getting the vast majority of money (83%).
Did you know? The Saints clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win over the Steelers in Week 16.
The last time New Orleans had home-field advantage in the playoffs was 2009, Drew Brees & Co. won the franchise’s only Super Bowl that season. — John Ewing
Draft order: Carolina’s seven consecutive losses have it currently sitting in the 11th overall draft position. The Panthers have a decent chance to move into the top-10 if they lose to the Saints.
The Bills, Falcons and Giants — all ahead of Carolina in the draft right now — are favored to win this weekend. — Scott T. Miller