Saints vs. Panthers: Week 2 Betting Preview & Predictions

by | 15 September 2023

The 0-1-0 Carolina Panthers host the 1-0-0 New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Carolina Panthers have a point spread of +3 with a money line of -115. The over/under total on the game is currently set at 39½ points.

&The Carolina Panthers are coached by Frank Reich who has been with the team since 2023. They have a current season record of 0-1-0 after going 7-10 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andFrank Reich is no different.

The Carolina Panthers are coached by Frank Reich who has been with the team since 2023. They have a current season record of 0-1-0 after going 7-10 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andFrank Reich is no different.

Bryce Young is the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers. The 22-year-old Alabama alum entered the league in 2023 and is looking for a win in front of the home crowd here. Thus far this season he has started 1 games and throw for 146 yards with a completion percentage of 52.6 percent. Bryce Young has thrown 1 touchdowns against 2 interceptions and has a QB Rating of 48.8.

His main target will be Adam Thielen. The home crowd would love to see some fireworks from the 33-year-old target. He has made 2 receptions to date on 2 targets, a catch percentage of 1, for a total of 12 yards. Adam Thielen is averaging 6 yards per catch with 0 touchdowns thus far. Bryce Young will be looking to connect with him for more here.

The Carolina Panthers running game is lead by the 26-year-old Miles Sanders. A big game from him could be the key to controlling the clock here. He’s taken 18 carries and rushed for 72 yards thus far this season. His yards per game currently sits at 72 yards per game, a number that you know Frank Reich would love to see him exceed in this game. Miles Sanders has 0 touchdowns this season and 1 fumbles.

Their kicker is Eddy Pineiro who has made 1 of 1 field goals this season, a 1 field goal percentage, with a long of 43 yards. The Carolina Panthers fans don’t want to see him too much, but it’s good to know he can hit one if needed.

Overall, the Carolina Panthers offense ranks 25 out of 32 teams in Offense DVOA at -0.217492485682933, per FootballOutsiders. This season they have a Red Zone success rate of 0.5 with 1 Red Zone touchdowns in 2 attempts.

On the defensive end, the Carolina Panthers have a Defense DVOA of 0.0357240983430974, ranking 18 in the league.

The New Orleans Saints are on the road for this one. Dennis Allen’s squad is 1-0-0 this season after going 7-10 last year. He has been at the helm since 2022 and is looking to grab a road win here. The New Orleans Saints have a betting line of +3 or you could bet them straight up at -115.

32-year-old Derek Carr will be under center for this one. He entered the league in 2014 after playing his college days at Fresno State. Derek Carr has a quarterback rating of 96.1 on 1 touchdowns and 1 interceptions. He’s started 1 games and thrown for 305, a completion percentage of 69.7.

The New Orleans Saints will look to get the running game going in this match-up and to do that they’ll need a big game from Kendre Miller. The 0-year-old back has rushed for 0 touchdowns thus far this season and he’ll look to take it to the house again against the Carolina Panthers. He’s taken the hand-off 0 times and added 0 yards for the offense. Kendre Miller is averaging 0 yards per game for the season and has lost the ball 0 times. A turnover on the road could be seen as unacceptable for Dennis Allen so he’ll need to protect the ball here.

On the passing front, Derek Carr will look to target Chris Olave against the Dennis Allen defense. Chris Olave has 0 touchdowns thus far this season and his team will be looking for more here. On the year, he’s been targeted 10 times and made 8 catches for 112 yards. Chris Olave has a catch percentage of 0.8 and his yards per reception is 14.

The team will be looking for touchdowns, but they have Blake Grupe to knock down field goals if needed. His season long is a 52 yarder which is always helpful on the road. Blake Grupe has made 3 field goals on 52 attempts, a field goal percentage of 1.

According to FootballOutsiders, the New Orleans Saints offense has a Defense-adjusted Value Over Average of -0.0792792159472084 which ranks at number 22 out of thirty two teams. If they hope to win on the road, they’ll need to do well in the Red Zone. For the year, they have scored 1 Red Zone touchdowns on 4 attempts, a Red Zone percentage of 0.25.

Key Match-ups:

  • Bryce Young QB Rating of 48.8 vs. New Orleans Saints Defensive Passing YPG of 181
    New Orleans Saints have 7 interceptions this year and 3 sacks. They are allowing 20.2941176470588 points per game.
  • Miles Sanders vs. New Orleans Saints number 8 ranked DVOA Defense
    Opponents are averaging 4.5 yards per carry against New Orleans Saints and 130.470588235294 per game.
  • Derek Carr QB Rating of 96.1 vs. Carolina Panthers Pass Defense
  • The Carolina Panthers defense has allowed 22 points per game thus far this season. They have sacked the quarterback 4 times and picked him off 10 times.
  • Kendre Miller vs. Carolina Panthers Defense
    Carolina Panthers is giving up 122.647058823529 yards per game on 4.3 per carry thus far this season.