The Panthers Take on a Dangerous Saints Team

Terrance Mitchell picks up his second interception of the game

The New Orleans Saints march into Bank of America Stadium to battle the Panthers in a week 3 showdown. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on FOX.

Now two years removed from his MVP season, quarterback Cam Newton has not looked like the same player from 2015. The Saints are giving up more than 500 yards per game through the first two weeks of the season. Injuries have continued to plague him into this season, most recently with an ankle injury last week. Defensively, Carolina forced a fumble and combined for 3 sacks, all white stifling Buffalo's offense, holding the Bills to just 176 yards of total offense and controlling the ball for nearly two-thirds of the game, with the Panthers holding the pigskin for just under 39 minutes in the victory. Drew Brees completed 27 of his 45 pass attempts for 356 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

In another hard-fought game, make it Panthers 28, Saints 24.

There is no question that the Carolina Panthers wanted to get the team's top running backs, Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey, involved early. The big culprit is the pass defense, as they are allowing a stunning 11.2 yards per pass play. Things won't get any easier for them against the Panthers, who boast the number one defense in the NFL. He has averaged 94.2 yards per game, with three TDs in five games, vs. the division. "He's just so smart", says Panther cornerback Captain Munnerlyn.

The bright spots in the offense have been the emergence of running back Alvin Kamara out of the backfield and wide receiver Tommylee Lewis. But can they get over the hump with a win? Fortunately, the defense has carried the offense, which has struggled - the unit managed just three field goals in their 9-6 win at Buffalo in Week 2. It largely hinges on quarterback Cam Newton to be an accurate passer.

"I think I may go for the Saints on Sunday", said this man.



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