NFL Upset of the Week: Week 17

The New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers had such high hopes heading into the 2012 season. After all they had both fared well the season prior and expected that they would continue their success or even do better. Then bounty gate and a sophomore slump for Cam Newton ruined it all.

Now when these two teams meet on the field this week in the NFL there is nothing at stake but pride. However it should be noted that both teams are playing very well although they will not be making a trip to the post season. The Saints won in overtime against the Dallas Cowboys and their defense played well in back-to-back games. Their defense looked great in a shutout win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Drew Brees leads a deadly offense that can play with anyone in the NFL.

Cam Newton has played much better of late down the stretch and the Panthers have also put together back-to-back impressive outings. Although they beat two of the worst teams in the NFL when beating up on the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders they are still playing much better than they did to open the season.

Now in a divisional battle the Panthers will be looking to end the season on a high note by taking down the Saints on the NFL highway. The Panthers are 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game, 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games in December, and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.

The Road team is 17-5 ATS in their last 22 meetings and the Panthers have covered 7 of the last 9 meetings. This number is to high as the Panthers could win outright as the NFL upset of the week.