The Saints and Panthers did not start this season the way they wanted to, to the disappointment of many fans, as price per head agents saw both teams win three games and lose four. Even though they were both seriously struggling, in Week 9 they’re set to face each other on a Thursday Night game, and the first place is in jeopardy.
The NFC South is clearly the worst division in the NFL throughout the eight weeks of the regular season. As there isn’t a single team with a winning record, and thanks to a tie, Carolina have a lead of half a game.
The Saints were considered to be one of the biggest NFC contenders for this season’s Super Bowl. However, they stayed below .500 due to their performances late in the game. Out of the team’s four losses, three were due to a field goal scored or less, and a score made in the last two minutes decided all of the losses except for one.
A lot of New Orleans’ struggles continue to be the same ones as the ones last season, when the team made it all the way to the playoffs, going 11-5. Even though the Saints continue to be undefeated in games played at the Superdome, they still have to clinch a win while playing away from home.
On Sunday, New Orleans did a great job on the field when they took out Green Bay 44-23, after the Packers had an average of over 36 points per game played in a stretch of four weeks. The Saints now must show that they can perform just as well on road games.
Carolina did not have a very big advantage at home, so this could give New Orleans an edge. The team was recently defeated by the Seahawks, and in Week 3 their fans saw them get a huge beating at home.
Despite the Panther’s loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, they weren’t even close the first three times that they lost, as the team fell by 67 points combined. Ever since Week 2 of the regular season, the Panthers were only able to defeat Bears, who ended up being defeated in four out of their last five meetings.
For Week 9, a key player should return to the Panthers, as DeAngelo Williams said that he’s set to return to action after a sprained ankle saw him miss four clashes in a row.
Carolina’s running game had plenty of problems without the services of Williams, as they’re ranked at 27th place this season when it comes to rushing yards in each game played. In their last three meetings, they were able to cross the 100-yard mark, but that result is mostly due to Cam Newton’s mobility. Price per head agents saw that Jonathan Stewart – the team’s top rusher – was not able to total over 79 yards per game, and on 32 carries, Darrin Reaves has an average of only 2.4 yards.
Although Carolina have the only first place possession, they became the underdogs after Week 8’s results. In Las Vegas, many casinos are giving the Panthers 1.5 points, but there are some sportsbooks giving them as much as 2.5 points, and the under/over was put at 48 points.
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