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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas catches a pass over Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 18, 2023, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Rusty Jones)

The New Orleans Saints are 2-0 for the first time since 2013, and they performed well on the road in a 20-17 victory over the division rival Carolina Panthers.

Even though the Saints didn’t quite cover the three-point spread, the numbers show they did plenty enough to win, and there were some interesting takeaways to be had after reviewing the betting odds from Caesars Sportsbook, official odds partner of Bet.NOLA.com.

13

That's the number of catches that Chris Olave and Michael Thomas combined for in tonight's victory, and they both made spectacular grabs to help set up scoring opportunities. Rashid Shaheed also got in on the fun in the second half, but it was Olave and Thomas’ 13 receptions that allowed the Saints take control of the game, and they both went over their reception props of 4.5 at Caesars.

4

That's the number of sacks that the Saints defense had on the night, but that's also how many times Derek Carr was brought down, as he was constantly under pressure once again. Thankfully the Saints ferocious front made life miserable on Bryce Young and the Panthers offense to where Carr and company were able to move the ball enough to win despite the Saints pass protection issues. It’s safe to say that the over on sacks delivered on both sides.

15.4

That's the number of fantasy football points that Saints running back Tony Jones Jr. scored in PPR scoring formats, which was a career-best number for the practice squad fill-in. Jones had to step up as the Saints lead runner when Jamaal Williams left the game with a hamstring injury, and he was able to find the end zone twice and pay off big for bettors who had him as an anytime touchdown scorer.

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