Who’s Playing

Carolina @ New Orleans

Current Records: Carolina 5-10; New Orleans 7-8

What to Know

An NFC South battle is on tap between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday at Caesars Superdome. Neither New Orleans nor Carolina could muster much offensive firepower in their last games, so look to the defense to decide this one.

The Saints ended up a good deal behind the Miami Dolphins when they played this past Monday, losing 20-3. QB Ian Book had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: besides failing to produce a single touchdown, he threw two interceptions with only 135 yards passing.

Meanwhile, Carolina got maybe a little too into the holiday spirit, gifting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers an easy 32-6 victory. Carolina was down 29-6 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from.

New Orleans is the favorite in this one, with an expected 6.5-point margin of victory. But bettors beware: they are only 2-4 against the spread when favored.

The losses put the Saints at 7-8 and the Panthers at 5-10. Two stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: New Orleans is stumbling into the game with the fewest passing yards per game in the NFL, having accrued only 202.5 on average. Carolina’s defense has more to brag about, as they they rank second in the league when it comes to passing yards allowed per game, with only 200.7 on average. Maybe that strength will give Carolina the oomph they need to beat the odds.

How To Watch

When: Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ETWhere: Caesars Superdome — New Orleans, LouisianaTV: FOXOnline streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)Follow: CBS Sports App


The Saints are a solid 6.5-point favorite against the Panthers, according to the latest NFL odds.

Over/Under: -110

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