For the Panthers, this will be No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young’s debut at home, which he is hoping will go better than their Week 1 performance in a 24-10 loss to the Falcons. As short home underdogs, they face a Saints team that held the Titans to just one offensive touchdown last week.
These two teams struggled offensively in Week 1, combining for just two touchdowns between them. Their lack of offensive production is reflected in the point total at 39.5, which dropped two points from its opening line of 41.5.
Let’s take a look at the rest of the betting lines for tonight and give you our Saints vs. Panthers predictions.
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Saints vs. Panthers Betting Lines, Start Time, and More
All odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook unless stated otherwise.
New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers Prediction
Saints -155, Panthers +130
- Game Time
7:15 p.m. EST
Bank of America Stadium
- How To Watch
Soppe: Last season, the Panthers, despite a schedule with subpar quarterback talent on the opposition, ranked 21st in yards per pass. That alone would mean targeting them through the air as an option, and with 2021 first-round pick Jaycee Horn on IR (hamstring), this is a good spot to load up on the Saints.
In Week 1, Rashid Shaheed again showcased his game-breaking abilities. With Derek Carr’s aDOT continuing to trend up (second highest in Week 1), Shaheed’s 4.3 speed is a weapon of mass destruction. He has a 30+ yard grab in seven of his past 11 games and has been efficient in his young career (33 catches on 40 targets).
Picks: Rashid Shaheed over 36.5 receiving yards (-125 at DraftKings), Shaheed to record 50+ receiving yards (+165 at DraftKings)
Blewis: Chris Olave was a popular pick to have a breakout season in 2023, and he did not disappoint in Week 1. Despite leaving the game briefly with an injury, Olave had eight catches for 112 yards on 10 targets, including a 45-yard reception. It took just one game, but it looks like he already has chemistry with Carr.
This week, he goes against a Panthers team missing their best player in the secondary (Horn).
With a short spread on the road against a divisional rival, I’m not expecting this game to be a blowout, so I believe the Saints won’t be taking their foot off the gas early in this one. As of writing this, there’s a three-yard disparity in Olave’s prop at DraftKings and FanDuel, leading me to believe this number will only go up.
Pick: Chris Olave over 69.5 receiving yards (-115 at DraftKings)
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