Panthers vs. Saints: Prediction, best bets, what to expect

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Can the Carolina Panthers finish the season on a high?

The Carolina Panthers close out their 2020 season with a home tie against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium. There is little to play for other than pride for Matt Rhule’s men, but Sean Payton has the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in his sights if they can better the Green Bay Packers’ result on the final day.

With the Packers making a tricky trip to the red-hot Chicago Bears – who are in the postseason hunt themselves – this might be a real opportunity for the Saints to gain home-field advantage and a good period of rest, although the former is unlikely to matter that much will limited fans in the stands due to COVID-19 health concerns.

This scenario might work in Carolina’s favor. They come into the game relaxed and in a confident mood following their win at the Washington Football Team, so they can release the shackles as the team looks for one big last effort before another crucial offseason period in 2021.

New Orleans was in a dominant mood last time they saw the field on Christmas Day in their mauling of the Minnesota Vikings. Alvin Kamara scored no fewer than six touchdowns in their triumph, but how much time their starters will see will be largely dependent on developments at Soldier Field.

Here is what to expect, how to watch, best bets, and a score prediction ahead of Carolina’s season finale.

Carolina Panthers vs. Saints: How to watch

Anyone wishing to watch the game can do so on fuboTV’s streaming service, which can be accessed at this link.

The matchup is also being shown live on FOX, with highlights as they happen on NFL Red Zone.