New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers Week 17 NFL Picks

Vernon CroyCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 15: Cheerleaders of the Carolina Panthers perform on the field during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The almost undefeated Saints travel to Carolina to take on the surging Panthers Sunday January 3 with out Drew Brees and Darren Sharper in the line-up.  The Saints Coach Sean Payton said he will start veteran Mark Brunnel to give their star quarterback Brees much needed rest.

Drew Brees will set a new NFL passing record with a completion percentage of 70.60 percent which was set back in 1982 by Ken Anderson of the Bengals. You can bet the Saints vs. Panthers game online at and enjoy a 100 percent deposit bonus up to $500 so if you deposit $500 you will get $1,000 in your account.

The oddsmakers currently have the Carolina Panthers favored by just seven points after the line opened to favor them by 9 points earlier in the week. The posted total for this game is at 41 points after it opened at 42.5 points last Monday.

Since Drew Brees will not be in this game a lot of people are taking the Panthers to win by seven points Sunday. If you are looking for New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers Week 17 NFL Picks I would also take the Panthers to cover the seven points at home.

The Panthers are coming off of back to back dominating wins against the Vikings and Giants. During their two game winning streak the Panthers outscored their opponents 67 to 16 winning by an average of 25.5 points per game.

For the Carolina Panthers this is their Super Bowl game and they will end the season on a high note by dominating a Saints team that is resting their key players. The Panthers have covered the spread in six straight games against a team that has a winning record. Look for the Saints to get their second loss of the season Sunday.

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