By OddsShark
October 29, 2014

The New Orleans Saints may have started 0-2 this season, but they suddenly find themselves one win away from taking over first place in the NFC South as they visit the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte on Thursday Night Football.

The Saints are coming off their biggest win of the year, routing the Green Bay Packers 44-23 on Sunday Night Football, and while they have gone 0-4 on the road, they will be favored away from home for the fourth time this season as 2.5-point chalk.

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New Orleans knocked off Green Bay as a two-point home favorite at sportsbooks monitored by, with the total going OVER for the 10th time in 11 meetings and the sixth time in seven Saints games this season. The Saints covered the spread in their last road game against the Detroit Lions as 1.5-point underdogs but gave up two touchdowns in the last 3:38 to fall 24-23.

The Panthers are 0-2-1 SU in their past three games but have covered three of four, including a 13-9 setback at home last week to the defending-champion Seattle Seahawks, who were six-point favorites based on the closing NFL odds. Carolina’s past two losses have come against two of the best teams in the NFC, and New Orleans will present another tough challenge for the defending NFC South champions. The Panthers have thrived at home against the Saints, going 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings there. They are also 9-2-1 versus the line in their past 12 home games overall.

This New Orleans versus Carolina matchup seems to favor the host, but the Panthers are just 3-11 SU in their last 14 games as home dogs. However, the Saints have performed even worse on the road recently, going 2-10 SU and 3-9 ATS in their past 12. They are also just 7-19 versus the line in their last 26 games as road chalk, including 0-7 over the past two seasons. Carolina is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 divisional games, including a 5-1 mark at home.

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