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Panthers-Saints game offers playoff implications in Week 12

Packers-49ers pits two NFC South teams vying for the playoffs and playoff position

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey carries the ball as Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell defends during the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Saints host the Panthers this Sunday in a matchup between the first and second place teams in the NFC South. Unfortunately, for the Panthers, their 5-5 record puts them three games behind the Saints.

The Panthers do face the Saints twice in these last six games, so they get a shot at cutting that lead significantly starting this Sunday. Their chances aren’t great, though, as the Saints are favored by +9.5 this week.

Carolina has lost three of their last four games, but last week’s beatdown by the Falcons on the Panthers home field was a big blow to their chances moving forward. They will need quarterback Kyle Allen to right the ship that he’s taken off course, and fast.

The Saints are in the hunt for the No. 1 seed in the playoffs with the Packers, 49ers, and Seahawks. Their schedule after this Panthers game is as follows, @Falcons, vs. 49ers, vs. Colts, @Titans, @Panthers. Getting the 49ers at home is a plus in their chances to gain home field advantage and a stronger shot at the NFC Championship.

To Make the Playoffs

Panthers: Yes (-1000), No (+2000)
Saints: Off the board

Division winner

Panthers: +1100 to win NFC South
Saints: -5000 to win NFC South

NFC Champ

Panthers: +4000
Saints: +3225

Super Bowl Champ

Panthers: +8000
Saints: +600