This Sunday, the New Orleans Saints will take on the Carolina Panthers in a clash of NFC South rivals at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Who will win this NFL Week 3 matchup?
The Saints (1-1) are coming off a 20-10 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the Panthers (0-2) are still looking for their first victory of the season after being defeated by the New York Giants (2-0) and Cleveland Browns (1-1)
Welcome Back Adebo
While there are eight players listed in the injury report, the Saints’ practice is still attended by all of the players as the 6’1″ Sophomore Paulson Adebo returns to practice after a long injury layoff. This is the first time this season that every Saint attended the practice as the return of Adebo boosts the teams’ confidence.
The 23-year-old cornerback has been terrific in his rookie season but had an ankle injury in the late summer. He is sure to be a key player for the team as they make a push for the playoffs. Here are the injury reports of Saints:
|CB Paulson Adebo (ankle)||Limited|
|RB Alvin Kamara (rib)||Limited|
|T Ryan Ramcyzk (elbow)||Limited|
|WR Tre’quan Smith (shoulder)||Limited|
|TE Taysom Hill (rib)||Limited|
|S Marcus Maye (rib)||Limited|
|QB Jameis Winston (back/ankle)||Limited|
|FB Adam Prentice (shoulder)||Limited|
|WR Deonte Harty (foot)||Limited|
Meanwhile, the only two of the Panthers are on their inJury report, Donte Jackson ((hamstring) had limited participation while Christian McCaffrey does not attend the practice for rest.
Saints vs. Panthers Odds
While having fewer players on the injury report and being the home team can boost the odds of a team, the Panthers still come out as the +3 underdog in the coming matchup FanDuel sportsbook. Over/Under sportsbook is set at 40.5 while the Money line for the Saints and Panthers are currently -156 and +132, respectively.
The participation in the practice of the Adebo is something that may change the game of the Saints which are on the roll in the first two weeks of the league.
Meanwhile, DraftKings gives a more conservative spread in the Panther with +2.5 and a money line of +150. However, the according to statistics provided by DraftKings, the Panthers haven’t covered the spread in the last nine games, while the Saints have won 12 out of their last 13 meetings with co-NFC South contenders.