NFL Preview: Saints at Eagles on Week 18

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The regular season of the NFL is coming to an end this week and a few games will have implications for the playoffs. Entering their matchup against the Carolina Panthers, the New Orleans Saints are already out of contention for the post-season. 

Both teams will be vying for second place in the NFC South with the Panthers hoping to finish with seven wins and a clean sweep of the Saints, and the latter eyeing an 8-9 record in their season. DraftKings Sportsbook gave Carolina a +4.5 line at the game start but later shifted now to +3.5 in the Panther’s favor after Sunday night’s opening lines. It is still an unpredictable game as no one could predict which team will pull off a win.

Panthers vs. Saints Odds/Game Lines Week 18

FanDuel Louisiana OddsCAR PanthersNO Saints
Point Spread+3.5 (-110)-3.5 (-110)
Money Line+160-190
TotalsO 41.5 (-108)U 41.5 (-112)
DraftKings Louisiana OddsCAR PanthersNO Saints
Point Spread+3.5 (-105)-3.5 (-115)
Money Line+165-195
TotalsO 41.5 (-110)U 41.5 (-110)

Note that the stated NFL betting odds/game lines may change depending on news and other updates like injury reports, and suspensions. Visit online sportsbooks in Louisiana for more NFL betting options.

Playoff Contention Over

The Carolina Panthers had high aspirations coming into the Sunday matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a win, they would have held onto first place in the division and clinched a playoff berth. As fate would have it, the Buccaneers were too strong and came away with a hard-fought win, eliminating any hopes the Panthers had of playing for a title or post-season position. 

On the other hand, the New Orleans Saints put their best foot forward in their match against Philadelphia, managing to get one win in place which could have potentially helped the Panthers – but it was not to be, as the Green Bay Packers dominated with 41-17 victory that set them into second place in the division and sadly ended any hope of a miracle comeback through help from their divisional rivals. This means even if they had won today’s game, their playoff dreams wouldn’t yet have been fulfilled anyway.

Dalton, Starting for the Saints

Coach Allen’s announcement is certainly understandable; Andy Dalton has been consistently excellent throughout his tenure in New Orleans. He has enjoyed a full-season career-high completion percentage of 67.1%, with 17 TDs and just 9 interceptions, throwing for 2,699 yards all in all. The Saints have flourished with him as the starter, boasting a 6-7 record as well as 3 straight victories under his leadership. 

With both teams eliminated from playoff contention, Sunday’s showdown between New Orleans and Carolina is bound to be fueled by pride and ambition; it will interesting to see what Dalton can achieve against their opposition in his final game of the season.