Halfway through the 2018 season, the 6-2 Carolina Panthers looked like a sure-fire playoff team and perhaps a squad that could compete with the New Orleans Saints for the NFC South title. Two games between the two teams in the final 14 days of the season seemed like a tantalizing finish to the year in that division.
Fast-forward to today and the Panthers are losers of five straight games, sitting at 6-7 and on the verge of nixing their playoff hopes entirely. Suddenly, they need a win over the Saints at home to just keep any realistic playoff hopes alive. That streak did feature four road games, but there were winnable contests against Detroit, Tampa Bay, and Cleveland in that span.
Christian McCaffrey has been a hugely productive player, with over 1,600 yards from scrimmage including a 100-100 game (rushing and receiving) against Seattle three weeks back, but the Carolina offense has scored more than 21 points just once in their losing streak.
The Saints would surely love nothing more tonight than to put their divisional rivals’ playoff hopes on life support while taking another big step towards home-field advantage in the NFC. They can clinch that status with two wins out of their last three games, thanks to a head-to-head win over the second-place Rams.
Tune in tonight for this game as we close the book on week 15.
New Orleans Saints (11-2) vs. Carolina Panthers (6-7)
Monday, December 17th, 2018
8:15 PM Eastern Time
Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, North Carolina
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Online Streaming: ESPN.com or ESPN app
Commentators: Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Anthony McFarland, Lisa Salters
Radio Broadcast: Westwood One Sports
Saints favored by 6.5 points
Over/under total: 51.5
Week 3 2017: Saints 34, @Panthers 13
Week 13 2017: @Saints 31, Panthers 21
2017 Wild Card: @Saints 31, Panthers 26
All-Time Head-to-Head Record
Regular Season: Panthers lead 24-22-0
Playoffs: Saints lead 1-0