Saints at Panthers
Since it’s that special, spooky time of year, here’s a horror story for you: in a season in which, after eight weeks, no other division leader is less than two games above .500, tonight’s fight between 3-4 New Orleans and 3-4-1 Carolina places the winner atop the NFC South. So, on the day of mischief traditionally known as “Devil’s Night,” who do you like; saints, or black cats?
New Orleans’ offence is effective both at home and on the road, and generally only has problems, as all offences do, when faced with a great defence. Carolina, which has given up only 10 fewer points than the Jacksonville Jaguars (!), fields a defence which is but a shadow of last season’s elite unit. Of course, the Saints’ defence isn’t exactly a collection of all stars. However, against a Panthers’ offence which has more often than not struggled to score points this season, and which is dealing with a dearth of healthy bodies on its offensive line, decent defence will do.
All Saints’ Day may be two days away, but with the inside track to the promised land of the playoffs at stake, Devil’s Night belongs to the Saints. Winner: Saints
Mr. Silver Picks: Saints