NFL Picks: Week 2 Panthers vs Saints
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As the fall winds begin to cool the air and rustle the leaves, the fervor of the NFL season is palpably heating up. The New Orleans Saints, coming off a narrow victory, are setting their sights on the Carolina Panthers who are aiming to rebound from a divisional loss. Let’s dive deep into the state of play for these two NFC titans as they prepare for their upcoming clash.
BUSR NFL Lines
Spread: Saints -3 (-115), Panthers +3 (-105)
Moneyline: Saints -172, Panthers +140
Total: O 40.5 (-110) , U 40.5 (-110)
Saints held against the Titans
The Saints are soaring with an initial win, brandishing a 1-0 record. Their home ground witnessed a nail-biting clash against the Tennessee Titans, which the Saints managed to clinch with a scoreline of 16-15. The spotlight was firmly on Derek Carr, the man behind the helm as the starting QB, who threw for 305 yards, delivering a touchdown and an unfortunate interception. In the rushing realm, Jamaal Williams bulldozed his way to lead the team with 45 yards. The receiving end was dominated by Chris Olave’s outstanding performance. Not to be left behind, the Saints’ defense displayed a commendable act, led by Demario Davis’s tackling prowess and Carl Granderson’s sack skills. The cherry on the top was the interception trio: Marcus Maye, Paulson Adebo, and Marshon Lattimore, each nabbing one.
Panthers Waiting for Young Movement
Conversely, the Panthers, with a 0-1 record, are raring to prove themselves after their recent stumble against the Atlanta Falcons. Starting quarterback Bryce Young had a bittersweet day, accumulating 146 passing yards with a touchdown, but also throwing two interceptions. Miles Sanders, however, was a silver lining with his impressive rushing yards, while Hayden Hurst exhibited skill and dexterity in receiving. Derrick Brown showcased a formidable presence in the defense, alongside Brian Burns who led the defense in sacks.
According to the BUSR NFL Odds, the Panthers are currently the underdogs, trailing by 3 points. Their initial performance showed promise in the first half but fizzled out against the Falcons. Facing a divisional opponent on home turf, the Panthers are poised to regroup and strike back. The Saints, albeit triumphant in their first game, displayed a tinge of vulnerability in their offense under Carr. The Panthers, buoyed by last year’s home record, will likely capitalize on this and exert pressure on Carr throughout the game. The prediction here, given the offensive struggles of the Saints and the defensive capability of the Panthers, is a close contest. Bank on the Panthers to cover the spread.
The Saints’ roster has been marred by injuries, raising potential hurdles for their upcoming fixture. Tailbacks always play a pivotal role, and the uncertainty surrounding K. Miller due to a hamstring issue could be a cause for concern. Joining him in this zone of ambiguity is J. Gray, who is nursing a shoulder injury. Compounding these woes are the absences of players like P. Turner, T. Smith, and J. Haener, each sidelined for various reasons. The added weight of suspensions on key players like A. Kamara complicates the dynamics further. With players like E. Benjamin and A. Dowell on the injured reserve list, the Saints have their work cut out for them.
The Panthers, meanwhile, are not without their own injury quandaries. The potential non-participation of D. Chark Jr. and J. Horn, both grappling with hamstring issues, could be detrimental to the team’s strategies. There’s a growing list of players, including M. Haynes Sr. and S. Sullivan, ruled out for indefinite periods. And with key players like H. Anderson and M. McCain III now on the injured reserve list, the Panthers will have to dig deep into their reserves.