Editor’s note: NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian deliver their NFL picks every Thursday of the season, and here’s who they like in the New Orleans Saints-Carolina Panthers Week 11 game, with the line from OddsShark.
New Orleans Saints (4-5) at (-3) Carolina Panthers (3-6), 8:25 p.m. ET
Mike: Saints. This has the makings of a shootout, so I’ll take the offense that’s been more effective this season, especially if I’m getting points in the process.
Andre: Panthers. The Panthers blew a 17-0 lead against Kansas City because the Chiefs’ pass rush is for real. The Saints aren’t going to put much pressure on Cam Newton, and the Panthers put up 38 points the last time these teams met. Carolina’s defense also has improved over the last three weeks. Its pass rush will disrupt Drew Brees and force a couple of key turnovers.
Ricky: Saints. The Panthers are 0-3 against divisional opponents this season, which includes a 41-38 loss to the Saints in Week 6. The teams will square off in Carolina this time around, but it won’t matter. The Saints’ offense will continue to roll against a Panthers team that’s just far too inconsistent for my liking. New Orleans is 5-1 against the spread in its last six games. Carolina is 1-5-1 ATS in its last seven.
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