NFL Week 9 gets underway this Thursday the 30th of October 2014. The New Orleans Saints (now 3-4, 1st in NFC South) will play the Carolina Panthers (now 3-4, 1st NFC South) at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Game time is 8:25 PM ET, and the game will be televised on NFL TV.
If the Saints can bet the Panthers in this game they will take over the top spot in the NFC South, as a loss would be their 8th consecutive regular season road loss.
Last week in their prime time home victory over the Green Bay Packers, QB Brees passed for 3 touchdowns and gaining 311 yards passing. RB Ingram rushed for a career high 172 yards and the Saints defense forced three fumbles in their win over the Packers 44-23.
Offensive leaders for the Saints are QB Brees, who completed to date 205 of his 295 passes for 2,227 yards and 14 touchdowns. RB Ingram had 58 carries for 331 yards with 4 touchdowns, while receiver Graham has 39 receptions for 435 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Saints rank 2nd in offense, and 7th rushing at 133.0 yards per game, and 2nd in yards per carry at 5.1 in the NFL. In the Saints last 2 games on the road at the Panthers the Saints lost both games as QB Brees passed for 2 touchdowns and was intercepted twice in the 2 losses.
The Carolina Panthers started out the season at 2-0 and since then have only won 1 game. In their previous 5 games, they allowed their opponents some 37 points, in four of those games. In their last game their defense held against the Seattle Seahawks, until Seahawks QB Wilson connected with receiver L. Wilson for a TD with 47 seconds left in the game to give Seattle the road win 13-9.
The offensive leaders for the Panthers to date are QB Newton, who has completed 137 of 228 passes for 1,643 yards with 8 touchdowns. RB Stewart has 58 carries for 217 yards with 1 TD and Receiver Benjamin with 38 receptions for 571 yards with 5 touchdowns. The Panthers offensive coordinator Shula has to solve their red zone problems, as in the last game with Seattle, they were inside their 20 yard line 3 times and only managed 6 points, thus their TD efficiency 46.2 in the zone ranks 28th in the NFL. The Panthers are 2-1 at home against the Saints, as their QB Newton has thrown 4 touchdowns and rushed for 2 touchdowns and intercepted twice in those 3 games.
Fans who bet on NFL football at an online sportsbook or with a local bookmaker, the opening betting odds are favoring the Saints at -2 ½ (-115) with O/U 48 and the ML -140 with the comeback +120. The Panthers in their last game with Seattle loss 13-9, the Seahawks covered their underdog spread at +6 and O/U 26, and with the score of 22 points, the game went under. While the Saints in their last game beat the Packers 44-23 and covered the game as they were -2 point favorites, and the 67 points made the game a winner for those that bet the over.