Both Cam Newton and Drew Brees were losing QB’s in week one. This week one will wake up Monday morning at 0-2.
The Panthers and Saints know each other all too well, and this week the two teams will do battle in Carolina as it will be a big NFC South game that will see one of these two teams without a win by the time it’s over.
The Saints were shell shocked at home by RG III and the Redskins last Sunday, while the Panthers were beaten on the road by the upstart Bucs, who were 4-12 last season.
In the 8-point loss to Washington last week, the Saints committed 12 penalties for 107 yards, went 2 for 11 on third down and let Griffin throw for 320 yards in his NFL debut.
Newton will look down field to take a page from RGIII’s book, looking to beat a Saints secondary that wasn’t very good in the opener.
Brees threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns, but he had two interceptions while completing 24 of 52 passes – his worst percentage (46.2) since 2006.
“We lost the first game of last year and finished 13-3,” Brees said. “So there’s no doubt that we can do it.”
Carolina’s D will look to pressure mistakes from Brees, and the Saints offense needs to get some production from their run game, a unit that last week was nowhere to be found, going for 32 yards on 10 carries.
The Saints haven’t lost to Carolina since the 2009 campaign. They put up 75 points in sweeping last season’s series and did a good job limiting Newton, who was 31 of 56 for 382 yards over the two meetings.
Last week in Tampa, the Panthers couldn’t move the ball on the ground. Carolina totaled 10 yards – matching a franchise worst – on 13 carries and DeAngelo Williams finished with minus-1 yard on six attempts in a 16-10 loss.
Look this week for the Panthers to run first, but for Newton to try and test that Saints secondary. There’s a sense of pressure on both teams, and the Panthers will use that on the homefield to their advantage.
Newton and the Panthers will get enough pressure on Brees to get some turnovers, and for the second straight week, the Saints will find themselves on the losing end of a tough loss.
Carolina 31 New Orleans 26