New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been ruled out of Sunday’s matchup with the Carolina Panthers due to a bruised rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, head coach Sean Payton announced Friday.
Journeyman QB Luke McCown will get the nod under center in place of Brees. In light of the news, 5Dimes has adjusted the Saints from +3 all the way to +9.5.
- The total has gone under in 10 of the Saints’ last 12 games on the road against the Panthers.
- The Panthers are 7-1 SU in their last eight games.
- Panthers QB Cam Newton threw for three touchdowns and rushed for one last time the teams met.
The absence of Brees on a Sunday will be a rarity for Saints bettors. Since signing with the team as a free agent in 2006, the Purdue product has not missed a game due to injury.
Betting fans of the Carolina Panthers have seen them go 2-0 and 2-0 ATS so far this season, while the New Orleans Saints are at 0-2 and 0-2 ATS. In over under totals betting, the New Orleans Saints are 1-1, while the Carolina Panthers are 0-2.
The Panthers have started the season 2-0 and have capitalized on some weaker opponents in the Jaguars and Texans. Carolina’s defense has already notched six sacks and three interceptions this season.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The New Orleans Saints were listed as 3.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks such as TopBet, with the total listed at 44 at Bodog.
Odds – VSB
computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 25-22 victory for the Panthers. It’s also one of the Odds – VSB
Super Computer picks in the Westgate contest (Panthers -3). View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.
New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Betting fans of the Carolina Panthers have seen them go 2-0 and 2-0 ATS so far this season, while the New Orleans Saints are at 0-2 and 0-2 ATS. In over under totals betting, the New Orleans Saints are 1-1, while the Carolina Panthers are 0-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Carolina vs New Orleans injuries news.
The Carolina Panthers sit at No. 11 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at Odds – VSB
, while the New Orleans Saints are at No. 24 on that chart.
The game also pits Carolina’s No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 22 PPG, against a Saints defense that ranks No. 27 this week at 28.5 PPG. The Panthers aerial game is averaging 168 yards per game, less than the Saints secondary allows through the air, 250.5 YPG per game.
Defensively, the New Orleans Saints feature the league’s No. 16-rated road run defense, allowing 120 yards per game. The Carolina Panthers, meanwhile, ranks No. 4 in rushing offense at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
In their last game, the Saints were Week 2 losers coming out on the wrong end of 26-19 score against Tampa Bay.
Cam Newton threw a pair of TD passes in Carolina’s last match, defeating Houston 24-17 in Week 2 action on Sunday.
- New Orleans is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
- New Orleans is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans’s last 5 games
- New Orleans is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Carolina is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Carolina is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina’s last 7 games
- Carolina is 12-5-1 ATS in its last 18 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
New Orleans home to Dallas, Sunday, October 4th
Carolina at Tampa Bay, Sunday, October 4th