We have an NFC South showdown going on in week 3 National Football League action as the New Orleans Saints pay a visit to the Carolina Panthers. Keeping those numbers up against someone like quarterback Drew Brees will be a tough task. Carolina is looking to become the first team to hold its first three opponents to three points or less since the 1937 Bears. The Panthers will have to slow New Orleans down by tackling and not letting their receivers make any big plays downfield. While both teams are opposite in their record, they both share a common problem.
Kuechly said the defense is built around a trust in one another. “They make transitions more seamless than maybe a young guy would”. Although Pierre Garcon found success against them in Week 1, Carolina has been able to limit opposing receivers in the early season. The Saints defense allowed Sam Bradford to throw for almost 400 yards with three touchdown passes in the opener, then watched Tom Brady light them up for 447 yards and three touchdowns last Sunday.
With the Saints in a complete must-win game, expect Brees and company to give the Panthers everything they have offensively. The No. 1 pick by the Panthers in 2002 returned this year and already is paying dividends with 2 ½ sacks in a part-time role. He has played inside.
PREDICTION: The Saints are giving up 32.5 points per game, a number even Brees can’t overcome on a weekly basis.
You should have just about every able-bodied Panther in your lineup this week. And as Cam Newton gets healthier, he will get better and the offense will improve. The Saints have had a rough start to the season after a loss on the road to the Minnesota Vikings and a loss at home to the New England Patriots.
“It’s a tough pill to swallow”, Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro said.
Those 19 interceptions thrown against the Panthers is third most and Brees is now stuck in a five game streak with at least one interception thrown. In week three, they were unable to find a solution, losing again.
Rivera said veteran tight end Ed Dickson is “more than capable” of filling in for Olsen. He’s not throwing downfield with any consistency or zip on the ball.
No, I’m not advocating a page out of the Saints’ Bounty-gate playbook used by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams back in 2009-’11.
Since 2014, the Saints have not finished a season ranked better than 28th in points allowed.
“It’s tough, of course”, Peterson said.