The Advocate’s predictions for Panthers-Saints

Sheldon Mickles: Saints 26, Panthers 20

Back home, the Saints will be sufficiently motivated to make up for that crushing defeat at Seattle — even on a short week. They certainly know the “gotta-have-it” magnitude of this game.

Ramon Antonio Vargas: Saints 30, Panthers 24

The Saints will right themselves at home after their misadventure in Seattle. Their 12 straight wins at home in prime time and 14 straight wins at home with coach Sean Payton on the sideline illustrate how much is in their favor Sunday night.

Scott Rabalais: Saints 27, Panthers 20

For Saints, cold + wet = bad. And home + indoors = good. New Orleans fell victim to the NFL’s best homefield advantage at Seattle, but the Saints’ isn’t shabby, either. The Panthers push but fall short.