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Thursday Night Betting On The NFL

Not too many people would have expected the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers to both have losing records when they meet for the first time this season on Thursday Night Football, but that is exactly where they are at this point of the season.

New Orleans Saints (3-4) vs. Carolina Panthers (3-4-1), Thursday, October 30, 8:30 PM. ET. NFLN

The Saints started the season 1-3, and looked in danger of missing out of the playoffs, but they seem to have figured things out, and have won two of their last three games, and look like they are ready to contend for the NFC South title.

They showed how explosive their offense can be when they are clicking on all cylinders against the Green Bay Packers. Drew Brees became the first quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards on the Packer defense, and Mark Ingram added 172 yards and a score on the ground for the Saints. If they can play this well offensively, they shouldn’t have any problems winning at Carolina.

The Panthers have the 28th rush defense in the league this season, which is a far cry from last year when they were one of the best, so the Saints should be able to take advantage of that and give Mark Ingram the ball. The Panthers’ pass defense isn’t very good this season, and are ranked 18th in the league, so Drew Brees should be able to pick them apart if he plays as well as he did on Sunday.

Carolina started the season 2-0, but have only won one game since then, they need to get back on track against the Saints if they want to repeat as NFC South champions, a loss against the Saints won’t take them out of the running for the division title because none of the teams in the division have a winning record, but it will make it harder for them to repeat.

The Saints have the second worst pass defense in the league, which will make it easier for Cam Newton to get the anemic Carolina offense going, but they have the 10th best rush defense in the league, which will make it hard for the Panthers to move the ball on the ground, even with the return of DeAngelo Williams, who has played in only two games this season.

Defensively, the Panthers have to find a way to stop the run, because it will cause Drew Brees to throw the ball more than he is used to, and should cause him to turn the ball over, like he did in their losses when they couldn’t run the ball well. If they can stop the run, it will also allow them to get some pressure on Brees, and throw him off his rhythm.

Game Line: The Saints are favored to win the game by 2 points, the Over/Under is 48 points.

Personal Pick: The Saints are 0-2 against the Panthers in the last two seasons, and are 0-4 on the road. They have played well in three of those four road losses, and will probably give a good effort in this game, but they will lose their third straight road game to the Panthers.

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