September 18, 2023, 4:26 pm
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers Lines Available
Saints(-166) @ Panthers(+140): O/U 39.5
Saints -3.0 (-115), Panthers +3.0(-105)
The Carolina Panthers (0-1) host division rival the New Orleans Saints (1-0) in their season home opener on Monday night. The Panthers are hoping to avoid an 0-2 start in their division after previously losing to the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints opened their season with a one-point victory over the Tennessee Titans.
Writer’s Week 1 Record
Leans: 0-4 down 4u
Bets: 2-2 up 0.25u
Main Storylines to Watch
How does Bryce Young and this Carolina Panthers offense look after only putting up ten points in Week 1? Bryce Young did not impress in his professional debut. He had less than 150 yards passing and turned it over three times. In order for this Panthers team to have fantasy-relevant pass catchers, Young needs to improve in the passing game. This Saints team held the Titans to only 15 points in Week 1 and that team has better offensive weapons than the Panthers do. This could get ugly.
Who is Derek Carr’s second favorite target behind Chris Olave? Chris Olave looked like a stud in Week 1, but the second-best pass-catching option is very much up for grabs. Michael Thomas was targeted eight times for five receptions on 61 yards and Rashis Shaheed was targeted six times for five catches and 89 yards plus a touchdown. Will either of these options separate themselves? If not, they will be too risky to start on a weekly basis. If one can separate themself, then we should have two startable pass catchers in this offense moving forward.
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