The New York Giants and the Carolina Panthers are coming off their best performances of the year, and while both teams are in the playoff picture, they are coming into the game on the heels of disappointing performances from their star players.
Both have scored at least 100 rushing yards in each of their past two games, but the Panthers are currently on pace to lose three more rushing touchdowns.
While the Giants were the most impressive team in the NFC South in Week 3, they have now lost four straight, including a 21-point blowout loss to the New York Jets.
The Panthers will look to continue their momentum in Week 4 when they take on the Washington Redskins.
The Saints are coming out of a bye week to host the Carolina Panther, and with two weeks left in the season, they can’t afford to lose to a team with a losing record.
The Saints are 3-3 on the road this season, but this is the first time they will have to travel to Charlotte in the coming weeks.
New Orleans is the fourth-best team in fantasy football, and they should be favored by more than 15 points, especially considering the Panthers’ offensive woes.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without starting cornerback Lavonte David for at least a few weeks after he suffered a knee injury in the first quarter of their Week 2 loss to Atlanta.
However, defensive coordinator Mike Smith is hoping to use a combination of veteran safeties Earl Thomas and Robert McClain to provide some depth.
Thomas and McClain have combined for one interception in the past two weeks.
Thomas has five interceptions in his past six games.
Thomas is currently tied for second in the NFL with eight interceptions.
Thomas was selected as a first-team All-Pro by Pro Football Focus.
Thomas has also had a tough start to the season.
In his first six games, he has a career-high six interceptions.
He is currently ranked fifth in the league with 12 passes defensed.
Thomas had his longest interception streak of the season at seven games.
Thomas should have a chance to continue his dominance this week, as the Buccaneers are favored by at least 16 points.
However: The Saints’ defense is coming off a bye, and it will be hard for the Saints to continue the momentum they have shown this season.