BetAnySports’ NFL Pick of the Week- Week 8
New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers – Thursday, Oct. 30
BAS’ Current Line: Saints -3 and the total is 49 1/2
Just when the betting public thought the Saints were dead in the water after a 2-4 start both straight-up and against the spread, they go out and hammer one of the hottest teams in the league with a 44-23 romp over Green Bay this past Sunday as two-point home favorites on BetAnySports closing NFL betting odds. The total easily went OVER an inflated 55-point line and it has now gone OVER in their last four games.
BetAnySports has opened New Orleans as a one-point road favorite in this Thursday’s NFC South showdown against Carolina and for good reason. The Saints are 0-4 SU on the road this season with a 1-3 mark ATS. They opened the season with back-to-back road losses to Atlanta and Cleveland before getting hammered by Dallas 38-17 as three-point road favorites. Just two weeks ago New Orleans blew a late fourth-quarter 23-10 lead against Detroit in a 27-26 loss a 1.5-point road underdog.
The Panthers fast 2-0 start both SU and ATS out of the gate is becoming a distant memory after posting a dismal 1-4-1 SU record in their last six games. They have been able to cover ATS in three of their last four games and while the total stayed UNDER 44.5 points in this past Sunday’s tough 13-9 loss to Seattle as six-point home underdogs, it had gone OVER in their previous five games.
Defense was the primary reason while Carolina went 12-4 SU last season on its way to the NFC South Division title, but this year this side of the ball has been plagued with consistency issues from one week to the next. Give this unit credit for holding Seattle in check with the exception of a late-game score that cost the team the game. Prior to this, the defense did allow 37 points in the Week 6 tie against Cincinnati and 38 points the following week in a lopsided loss to Green Bay. The offense has not helped the cause with 19 points or less in four of the Panthers’ last six games.
The total has stayed UNDER in nine of the last 11 meetings in Carolina and given New Orleans’ current form on the road and the Panthers’ current form overall, I am going with the UNDER 49 on BetAnySports betting odds as my top pick this time around as well.