New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers


They rank last in the National Football League in pass defense and defensive pass efficiency after the Vikings' Sam Bradford and the Patriots' Tom Brady were close to flawless in the first two games. Brees was 22-of-29 passing, for 220 yards, and three touchdowns on the afternoon.

Because of the defense's struggles, coach Sean Payton hasn't had the luxury of developing much of a running game. "It's time to come up".

Truth be told, Newton is not himself entering Week 3, almost six months after undergoing surgery to fix a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder. Thomas finished with 87 yards receiving on seven catches. "We attacked them; we did not let them attack us".

Even if the Saints defense somehow keeps the game in the 20s, Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his offense must outplay the NFL's No. 1-ranked scoring defense (6.0 ppg) which has yet to yield a touchdown. The big culprit is the pass defense, as they are allowing a stunning 11.2 yards per pass play. The Panthers didn't re-sign Ginn after he became a free agent earlier this offseason. I mean, it's time for them to climb out of the hole. "My teammates were behind me".

Overall, it was a sloppy loss for a Carolina team who was lucky to play against bad teams in the first two weeks. Newton had his worst game in recent memory with the former NFL MVP throwing three interceptions and no touchdowns in the loss. The associated moneylines for this game are Carolina -245 and New Orleans +205. Newton will get kicker Graham Gano in position to make the winning field goal.

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As far as the Carolina Panthers are concerned, this should be low hanging fruit in their offensive game plan. Carolina QB Cam Newton has passed for 507 yards, three TDs and no INTs in the past two home meetings.

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Benjamin left the Panthers game after he was pulled down from behind and his left knee hyperflexed and was trapped underneath him at the end of the first quarter.

On Sunday morning in London, several Baltimore Ravens knelt for the anthem, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan stood on the sidelines, arms interlocking with two of his players. The Saints are still looking for that first win this season.

Panthers: They travel to New England next Sunday.