NFL Week 2 same game parlay (+1162 odds): New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) during the first half against the Green Bay Packers at TIAA Bank Field.
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Andrew Wilsher

NFL· 4 weeks ago

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We’ve got an all-NFC South matchup here as the New Orleans Saints battle the Carolina Panthers in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season. Both teams got off to a hot start with victories in their opening games, but it was the Saints who stole the headlines with their 38-3 demolition of the Packers. Can they build on that momentum here with another easy victory? Or will Sam Darnold and the Panthers prove to be an under-the-radar team with potential this year?

This is sure to be an exciting matchup, so why not add to the drama with a same game parlay? We’ve got a 3-leg parlay here that offers solid odds of +1162.

New Orleans Saints ML (-184)

Jameis Winston over 238.5 passing yards (-114)

Deonte Harris to score a touchdown (+380)

Parlay odds: +1162

The great thing about same game parlays is that you can combine plays that correlate and get a really nice odds boost. That’s the strategy here, as I like the Saints to get the win and for Jameis Winston to have a big passing game. One of his deep threats will be Deonte Harris, so if those two can hook up for a touchdown, that will go a long way to cashing this parlay. Let’s break the legs down one by one.

New Orleans Saints ML (-184)

A lot of the talk about the Saints’ 38-3 win over the Packers has been about how badly Aaron Rodgers played, when really people should be talking about how great the Saints were. Their defense proved why it is still one of the absolute best in the league, shutting down Green Bay’s run game completely, while Jameis Winston looked so much more mature under center for New Orleans than he did when in Tampa Bay.

Looking first at the Saints’ defense, they allowed just 3.9 yards per carry last season, which was the fifth-best in the league, and they appear to have carried that over to this season. That could be bad news for Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, who looked superb in last week’s opener against the Jets but will now be coming up against a totally different beast. Carolina QB Sam Darnold wasn’t the best when put under pressure while playing in New York, and could make a few mistakes in this one.

While the Saints will be without Michael Thomas for a while, their offense showed they can handle themselves just fine without him, and running back Alvin Kamara should be in for another solid showing.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers

Jameis Winston over 238.5 passing yards (-114)

But Kamara won’t be the only reason the Saints offense flourishes — I also like Winston’s chances of lighting it up. When Winston played for the Buccaneers, he was renowned for his show-stopping passes and deep balls. He did provide us with one of those last week, as Deonte Harris scored a 55-yard touchdown, but I think Winston will be showing us a bit more of his gunslinging approach this time.

The Panthers’ defense was vulnerable to a few big shots taken by Jets quarterback Zach Wilson last week, and even with his slow start he was able to put 258 yards on Carolina. Winston has a lot more experience in picking apart secondaries, and given he exceeded this line in 10 of his last 11 games for Tampa Bay, I expect him to have a big day.

Deonte Harris to score a touchdown (+380)

I mentioned Harris finding the endzone with a big TD last week and at nearly 4/1 I’m happy to take a shot on him doing it again. With Tre’Quan Smith out for the Saints, they are slightly lacking in a deep threat to compliment the Winston style I just highlighted, but Harris can fill that void. He’s got blistering pace to cause secondaries problems and we saw the Panthers fall victim to that a couple of times last week through Corey Davis and Denzel Mims.

Harris was on the field for only 44% of New Orleans’ offensive snaps last week, which is likely a reason why his odds are so big. But he should still have a couple of chances to score a touchdown and if it’s on a deep pass from Winston, then that goes a long way to helping all three legs of this same game parlay.

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