Saints vs Panthers: Key matchups, score predictions, plus how to watch on TV, follow live.NFL 2018 Week 15: Saints vs. Panthers preview, statistics, odds.December 12, 2018 3:59pm EST December 12, 2018 3:59pm EST The struggling Panthers will face their division rival New Orleans Saints, who are currently in a three-way tie for the NFL’s best record.
Fresh off clinching the NFC South last week, New Orleans Saints (11-2) bring their league-best record to face the division rival Carolina Panthers (6-7) for a Monday Night Football matchup at Bank of America Stadium.
The Saints have won the NFC South crown two consecutive seasons, and this year, they clinched it with a 28-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite trailing 14-3 at halftime, the Saints outscored the Panthers 25-0 in the second half to secure their 11th win. Quarterback Drew Brees was 24 for 31, passing for 201 yards and a touchdown, including a rushing TD of his own. It was Brees’ fourth rushing touchdown of the season, which is the most in a single season by a player age 39 or older.
As for the Panthers, they are mired in a six-game losing streak, a steep dropoff from winning four of their first five games. The Panthers fell to the Cleveland Browns 26-20 in Week 14 as Cam Newton struggled going 26 for 42, passing for 265 yards. Newton overthrew Jarius Wright on fourth-and-goal on the 3-yard line with 2:34 left in the fourth and later was intercepted by Damarious Randall with 57 seconds left on the clock.
New Orleans will hope to maintain their hot play and make quick work of the struggling Panthers. Including the playoffs, the Saints and Panthers met three times last year, with New Orleans winning every one by an average of 12 points.
- The Saints are 6-1 on the road in 2018. A seventh win in this game would equal their best record in a season.
- New Orleans has not won four straight against Carolina since Oct. 3, 2010-Jan. 1, 2012.
- After gaining 96 yards in Cleveland, Carolina now has four games this year with less than 100 yards rushing, losing all four. In 2017, they had five such games and a 3-2 record in them.
- In their win against Tampa Bay, New Orleans allowed an opponent to rush for 100-plus yards for the third time this season – the fewest allowed in the league.
- His poor performance in Week 14 aside, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is the second player (Peyton Manning) to open his career with eight straight seasons with 3,000+ passing yards.
- Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey had his 12th and 13th touchdowns of the year last week. McCaffrey is tied for fourth in Panthers history for touchdowns in a single season.
- New Orleans receiver Michael Thomas now has 298 receptions in his career, the most ever for an NFL player in his first three seasons.
The Saints are favored by 13 on the road. The over/under is 52.
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