Everything to know for Carolina Panthers at the Saints in Week 18

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Everything you need to know for the Carolina Panthers’ final game of another eventful season at the New Orleans Saints in Week 18.

Another rollercoaster campaign concludes for the Carolina Panthers in Week 18 at the New Orleans Saints. A game that has no implications other than draft standing whatsoever after Steve Wilks‘ men failed to maintain a healthy lead during their late collapse against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which gave Tom Brady another NFC South title.

Large sections of Carolina’s fanbase are more concerned about where they’ll be picking in the 2023 NFL Draft. But beating the Saints cannot be overstated and it’s also worth remembering that Wilks is fighting to convince team owner David Tepper he’s worthy of a bigger commitment.

It’s been a difficult few days across the NFL due to Damar Hamlin’s serious issue suffered on Monday Night Football. Thankfully, the Buffalo Bills’ safety is on the mend and it’s all systems go for the final regular-season slate this weekend.

Just how much fight the Panthers have left remains to be seen. Bradley Bozeman was the latest player to come out in support of Wilks during his media availability, so one last big effort for the respected figure is the least he deserves.

Carolina Panthers at Saints injury report

The Panthers could be without a few key men for the contest. Brian Burns missed most of practice this week with an ankle issue and running back D’Onta Foreman was also a late addition to the injury report due to a knee complication.

Here is Carolina’s full injury report for Week 18:

  • Matt Ioannidis (DT) – Questionable (back)
  • Joel Iyiegbuniwe (LB) – Questionable (hamstring)
  • Brian Burns (DE) – Questionable (ankle)
  • D’Onta Foreman (RB) – Questionable (knee)

Here is New Orleans’ full injury report for Week 18:

  • Paulson Adebo (CB) – Out (hamstring)
  • Justin Evans (S) – Questionable (shoulder)
  • Taysom Hill (TE) – Questionable (back)
  • James Hurst (OT) – Questionable (foot)
  • Juwan Johnson (TE) – Questionable (quad)
  • Marcus Maye (S) – Questionable (shoulder)
  • Andrus Peat (OL) – Out (ankle)
  • Ty Summers (LB) – Questionable (oblique)
  • Ryan Ramczyk (OT) – Questionable (hip/rest)

Carolina Panthers at Saints odds

According to the latest odds from FanDuel Sportsbook, the Panthers are 3.5-point underdogs at The Caesars Superdome in Week 18.

  • Carolina +3.5: -115 (bet $115 to win $100)
  • New Orleans -3.5: -105 (bet $105 to win $100)

Anyone wishing to be the Panthers on the money line can do so at +148 currently (bet $100 to win $148). The Saints and tipped to finish their campaign with a fourth-straight triumph at -176 (bet $176 to win $100).

FanDuel Sportsbook has the over/under set at 41.5 points.

  • Over 41.5 points: -108 (bet $108 to win $100)
  • Under 41.5 points: -112 (bet $112 to win $100)

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

Carolina Panthers at Saints best bets

Week 18 games with nothing at stake are often a minefield for bettors. This one promises to be no different and especially considering how many big names could miss out entirely.

Both teams are in relatively decent form. Even if it won’t come with any postseason action thanks to Carolina’s loss versus the Buccaneers last weekend.

There should be extra freedom from the two NFC South divisional rivals as a result. While it would be difficult to project the winner, betting over 41.5 points is the big play to make in the circumstances.

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