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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 1/7/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
CAROLINA
 
NEW ORLEANS
+6.5  

-6.5  
+220

-260

47.5
 
26
Final
31

CAROLINA (11 - 5) at NEW ORLEANS (11 - 5)
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Week 18 Sunday, 1/7/2018 4:30 PM
NFC Wildcard Playoffs
Board OpenLatest
107CAROLINA48.547.5
108NEW ORLEANS-5.5-6.5
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfYardsYPPTOScoreHalfYardsYPPTO
All Games11-5+6.69-69-722.711.4323.7(5.2)1.420.410.1317.1(5.6)1.3
Road Games5-3+3.65-34-421.111.6308.2(5.1)1.519.610.1303.2(5.4)1.0
Last 3 Games2-1+11-21-221.09.7296.7(4.8)1.321.710.0382.3(6.2)2.3
Dome Games1-2-0.91-22-119.312.7296.3(5.2)1.325.712.7337.7(5.5)0.7
Division Games3-3-0.62-42-417.210.5275.7(4.8)1.821.010.7359.8(6.1)1.3
CAROLINA - Current Season Statistics
 RushingPassingTotal
 PPGHalfFDTOPATT-YDSYPRCMP-ATTPCTYDSPYAATT-YDSYPPYPPT
Offense (All Games)22.711.420.032:1731-131(4.3)18-3158.5%192(6.1)62-324(5.2)(14.3)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.410.919.930:0526-109(4.1)22-3563.2%231(6.6)61-340(5.6)(15.9)
Offense Road Games21.111.618.231:3929-104(3.5)18-3058.8%204(6.7)60-308(5.1)(14.6)
Defense (All Games)20.410.117.627:4122-88(4)22-3463.8%229(6.7)56-317(5.6)(15.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.6112030:1227-110(4.1)22-3464.3%236(6.9)61-347(5.7)(15.3)
Defense Road Games19.610.117.128:2122-81(3.7)22-3464.0%222(6.5)56-303(5.4)(15.5)
CAROLINA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
 INTFLTODIFF#-MADEPCT#-MADEPCTKR-YDSYPKRPR-YDSYPPRPEN-YDS
Stats For (All Games)1.00.41.4-0.114-641.9%1-045.5%2-47(22.3)2-20(7.9)5-43
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.80.61.41.713-539.3%1-047.5%2-52(22.4)14-2(7.4)7-57
Stats For (Road Games)1.00.51.5-0.514-641.3%1-040.0%2-39(20.7)3-27(9.7)6-54
Stats Against (All Games)0.60.71.3 13-537.9%1-035.0%1-16(21.2)2-11(5.9)6-54
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.51.4 13-539.8%1-047.0%2-42(21.2)16-2(8.6)7-58
Stats Against (Road Games)0.40.61.0 13-433.0%1-044.4%1-14(22)2-10(4.7)6-54

NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfYardsYPPTOScoreHalfYardsYPPTO
All Games11-5+4.49-79-728.013.9391.4(6.4)1.120.410.4336.5(5.6)1.6
Home Games7-1+55-35-330.117.2408.5(6.6)1.622.510.9346.1(5.6)1.5
Last 3 Games2-1-1.31-22-126.014.7351.3(5.9)1.721.07.7360.0(5.3)2.3
Dome Games7-3+35-56-427.715.4391.8(6.5)1.422.911.3358.2(5.8)1.5
Division Games4-2+1.44-23-326.515.2352.2(6.2)1.018.07.7316.0(5.3)2.2
NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Statistics
 RushingPassingTotal
 PPGHalfFDTOPATT-YDSYPRCMP-ATTPCTYDSPYAATT-YDSYPPYPPT
Offense (All Games)28.013.920.731:0928-129(4.7)24-3472.1%262(7.8)61-391(6.4)(14)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.611.119.630:0126-110(4.2)22-3463.3%229(6.6)61-339(5.6)(15.7)
Offense Home Games30.117.220.430:5628-131(4.7)24-3471.9%277(8.2)62-408(6.6)(13.6)
Defense (All Games)20.410.419.229:0025-112(4.4)21-3559.4%225(6.5)60-336(5.6)(16.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.2211.119.630:1127-109(4.1)21-3463.0%227(6.7)61-336(5.5)(15.3)
Defense Home Games22.510.919.029:2326-111(4.2)20-3657.3%235(6.6)62-346(5.6)(15.4)
NEW ORLEANS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
 INTFLTODIFF#-MADEPCT#-MADEPCTKR-YDSYPKRPR-YDSYPPRPEN-YDS
Stats For (All Games)0.50.61.10.412-537.6%1-180.0%2-52(22.9)2-14(6.4)7-60
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.80.61.41.613-538.8%1-048.6%2-46(22)14-2(7.4)7-57
Stats For (Home Games)0.61.01.6-0.112-432.3%1-185.7%2-50(20)3-20(7.3)7-59
Stats Against (All Games)1.20.31.6 13-541.0%1-033.3%2-49(24.6)1-16(10.4)7-53
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.61.4 13-539.9%1-040.7%2-45(21.5)17-2(8.6)6-55
Stats Against (Home Games)0.90.61.5 14-537.3%1-033.3%1-35(23.6)2-19(11.8)7-57
Average power rating of opponents played: CAROLINA 22.8,  NEW ORLEANS 21.7
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
CAROLINA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/URushingPassingTORushingPassingTO
11/13/2017MIAMI45-21W-8W38.5O36-29421-35-254017-10022-37-2131
11/26/2017@ NY JETS35-27W-6W39.5O33-14511-28-154026-10919-36-2821
12/3/2017@ NEW ORLEANS21-31L6L48O23-11217-28-167128-14825-34-2521
12/10/2017MINNESOTA31-24W2.5W40.5O36-21613-25-129121-10027-44-2563
12/17/2017GREEN BAY31-24W-3W46.5O38-15120-31-236019-12026-45-2644
12/24/2017TAMPA BAY22-19W-10L47U31-11516-26-140124-6621-27-3263
12/31/2017@ ATLANTA10-22L4.5L44.5U24-8714-34-161326-6028-45-3110
1/7/2018@ NEW ORLEANS            

NEW ORLEANS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/URushingPassingTORushingPassingTO
11/12/2017@ BUFFALO47-10W-2W48O48-29818-25-184115-6916-28-1291
11/19/2017WASHINGTON34-31W-9.5L52.5O23-16029-41-375133-15622-32-3000
11/26/2017@ LA RAMS20-26L3L54U17-12322-32-223025-8828-44-3271
12/3/2017CAROLINA31-21W-6W48O28-14825-34-252123-11217-28-1671
12/7/2017@ ATLANTA17-20L2.5L51.5U15-5026-35-256137-13215-27-2113
12/17/2017NY JETS31-19W-16L47O28-13126-36-285328-12419-39-1702
12/24/2017ATLANTA23-13W-5.5W51.5U31-8621-28-229120-6722-36-2642
12/31/2017@ TAMPA BAY24-31L-6L49O26-9222-30-231128-11028-51-3453
1/7/2018CAROLINA            
KEY GAME INFORMATION
CAROLINA: Carolina moved away from the power running game that was so effective in 2015, using more three-wide formations and running QB Cam Newton far less often. The offense struggled: Newton regressed as a passer (his 52.9% completion percentage was a career-worst) while receivers rarely created separation. First-round draft pick RB Christian McCaffrey is effective as a power runner and a slot receiver, and second-rounder WR Curtis Samuel is also a moveable chess piece with run-after-catch ability. New coordinator Steve Wilks, a Carolina assistant since 2012, won't be changing a thing about the Panthers' 4-3 scheme. LBs Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson are the most athletic and effective linebacking corps in the league, though Davis is bound to slow down at age 34. The defensive line was too inconsistent last year, and the Panthers' inexperienced secondary was asked to cover for too long on too many plays.
NEW ORLEANS: Though he has lost a noticeable amount of arm strength, QB Drew Brees is most prolific when working deep down the middle, where rookie WR Michael Thomas thrived last season. WR Willie Snead is a solid possession receiver, and free agent signee WR Ted Ginn will stretch the defense on deep routes. RBs Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson will lead a power running attack, while Ingram and third-round draft pick Alvin Kamara are assets in the passing game. The Saints' defense has been among the bottom five in points allowed for three-straight seasons. After allowing the second most yards per pass attempt last year, New Orleans drafted CB Marshon Lattimore and S Marcus Williams with their first two draft picks. DE Cameron Jordan was the lone bright spot on defense last season, and 2016 first-rounder DT Sheldon Rankins showed promise after returning from a broken leg.
PREVIEW
Saints try for trifecta vs. Panthers
 

NEW ORLEANS -- The commonly accepted myth about the difficulty of beating a team three times in one season will be put to its latest test when the NFC South champion New Orleans Saints (11-5) host their division rivals, the Carolina Panthers (11-5), in a wild-card playoff game Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Saints turned around an 0-2 season by beating the Panthers 34-13 in Charlotte in Week 3, igniting an eight-game winning streak. They then beat them in the Superdome 31-21 on Dec. 3.

Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, teams that swept the regular-season series also won the playoff game 13 of 20 times, a 65 percent edge.

The Saints are not banking their hopes on statistical probabilities but on a balanced offense that does not rely on 45 throws a game by Drew Brees and on a revitalized defense that so far has withstood a withering number of injuries to starters.

Brees, who will turn 39 on Jan. 15, said he does feel an internal clock ticking on his career but treats every game with respect.

"I prepare like every game could be my last or (like) it's a playoff game or I've got something to prove and I've got an edge," Brees said. "It's not like, 'Oh, the playoffs are here, it's time to ramp it up or things are a little more important.' It's always important for me."

There were some common threads in the Saints' two regular-season victories over Carolina. The Panthers are ranked No. 7 in the NFL on defense, allowing 317.2 yards per game, and just 88.1 yards rushing, third best in the league. But Carolina yielded their most yards rushing this season to the Saints -- 149 yards in Week 3 and 148 in Week 13.

That's a credit to rookie sensation Alvin Kamara and veteran running back Mark Ingram as well as to the Saints' offensive line. Brees is the biggest beneficiary of a powerful running attack that is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, best in the NFL, and 129.4 yards per game, fifth in the league.

Brees threw 137 fewer passes this year (536) but connected on 386 for an NFL-record 72.0 completion percentage. His 4,334 passing yards are nearly 800 yards fewer than his 2016 totals but just about equal to his 4,388 passing yards in 2009, the Saints' Super Bowl season.

"Sure is nice," Brees said, smiling. "Does it change the way I prepare? No. Does it change my mindset going into a game? No. It's just that when you add up the number of throws ... if you take away five, seven, 10 attempts a game and those are going to the run game, that means you're doing something right in the run game, and it probably means you're playing good defense. It doesn't force me to take as many chances."

The Saints also have done an excellent job putting a vise around Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, who happens to be the Panthers' leading rusher. Newton has passed for just 350 yards in the two losses. He threw three interceptions in the first meeting, including one in the end zone. He is a dangerous runner, but his only gash run against the Saints this year was a 32-yard scramble in garbage time.

The Panthers could have won the NFC South outright last week but were hamstrung by an inept offensive performance in a 22-10 loss to the Falcons. Newton completed just 14 of 34 passes for 180 yards and was picked off three times.

Newton said the Panthers have erased that game from their memory banks and are poised to make a playoff statement.

"This is when real football starts," said Newton, who led the Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2015 with a 15-1 regular-season record. "(We're) explaining it to the young guys and the guys who haven't witnessed playoff football. This is where you are made or broke. I look forward to these types of moments because it brings out the best in individuals because there is so much pressure. We all know what they say about pressure -- it does one of two things -- and we're hoping to shine like diamonds."

Each team will have a significant player available who did not play in either of the first two games: Carolina tight end Greg Olsen, who has been battling a foot injury all season, and Saints rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

Saints coach Sean Payton said if Olsen is healthy, it could pose a threat to his defense because Olsen is "one of the better tight ends in the game. Not having him is significant and having him is huge."

Carolina coach Ron Rivera knows that Lattimore, who made the Pro Bowl, can help the Saints shut down any deep threat the Panthers have. Lattimore normally shadows the opponent's best receiver, so he may draw Devin Funchess, who has 63 catches for 840 yards.

"When I watch (Lattimore), he's a terrific football player," Rivera said.

The Panthers hope to have guard Trai Turner back after missing three games with concussion symptoms. Saints starting left tackle Terron Armstead (thigh) and wide receiver Michael Thomas (hamstring) were limited in practice on Wednesday but should be able to go.


Last Updated: 7/20/2018 7:57:56 AM EST


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