Angelo Montilla | Sun 07/01/2018 - 11:44 EST

NFC Wild Card: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints Betting Lines Picks

New Orleans Saints (-260) vs. Carolina Panthers (+220)

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The New Orleans Saints are back in the playoffs for the first time in 5 years as Drew Brees and Co. prepare to face the Carolina Panthers in a NFC Wild Card on Sunday afternoon. The game is slated for a 4:40 p.m. start and can be viewed on FOX. Both the Saints and Panthers finished the 2017 regular season with identical 11-5 records, but New Orleans topped the NFC South Division standings and enter Sunday’s contest as -260 favorites.

Let’s dive into some of the most intriguing odds and betting lines for the NFC Wild Card matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers. Odds are courtesy of Bovada.lv.

Point Spread

The Saints opened as 4-point favorites, but that line has moved substantially as money keeps coming in on the NFC South Division champions. Bovada is pegging the New Orleans as 7-point favorites heading into Sunday’s highly anticipated matchup against the Panthers.

The Saints are 4-1 against the spread in its last 5 games when playing the Panthers on home soil. However, the Panthers are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games heading into Sunday’s contest. Carolina has also posted an impressive 9-6-1 record ATS this season. The Saints will more than likely open up the game so take New Orleans at -7.

Total Points

Boasting the second-best offense in the NFL — only behind the New England Patriots — the Saints collected more than 6,200 yards and put up 448 points during the 2017 campaign. The club also averaged 28 points per game — also second to only the Pats. Bovada has set the projected total points for the NFC Wild Card at 48. Six of the last 10 meetings between these divisional foes have resulted in over outcomes. Expect that trend to continue on Sunday.

First Touchdown Scorer

Bettors won’t have to wait long to see a touchdown when the Saints and Panthers clash in the NFC Wild Card on Sunday afternoon. But who will find the end zone first? Bovada has a series of enticing prop bets, including who the first touchdown scorer will be. If you think New Orleans will score first, put your money down on receiver Michael Thomas, who has found the end zone in 3 of his last 5 games. That will pay out at +650. For the Panthers, place a wager on star QB Cam Newton, who comes in at +950 to score the game’s first TD.

Total Passing Yards — Drew Brees

Statistically, Drew Brees didn’t come close to the season he had in 2016, but the Saints QB still turned in some impressive numbers, finishing fourth in passing yards (4,334). He averaged 270.9 per game — down significantly from 325.5 a year ago, but can Brees surpass Bovada’s projected passing yard total of 275½ on Sunday? The over is paying -125 while the under is -105. Expect vintage Brees to come out in the NFC Wild Card, with a game of more than 300 passing yards highly likely.

NFC Wild Card Pick: New Orleans Saints (-260, -7)

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