Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints: Halftime Notes

Rosalie Stanley
September 25, 2017

The Panthers moved to 2-0, grinding out a 9-3 win over Buffalo in a game where neither team was able to score a touchdown.

For the second straight week, the Saints defense was absolutely scorched, this time in a 36-20 loss to New England. Brees was 22-of-29 passing, for 220 yards, and three touchdowns on the afternoon.

Last season, even as Newton became a human pinata for head-hunting defenses, the Panthers still averaged 23.1 points.

"We showed that we can be a great defense", said Saints linebacker A.J. Klein.

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It's been a rough start for the Saints on defense as they've surrendered 65 points over their first two games. It was the same type of big play Ginn provided for the Panthers in previous seasons.

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Brees has thrown for 1,252 yards and 12 touchdowns with three interceptions in his last four games against the Panthers. Newton had his worst game in recent memory with the former NFL MVP throwing three interceptions and no touchdowns in the loss. Rivera had three choices: Let Graham Gano try a 53-yard field goal, go for it or punt.

The Carolina Panthers may have lost their best offensive weapon in the passing game.

Newton had been limited at practice during the week after hurting his ankle during the Panthers' Week 2 win over the Buffalo Bills last Sunday.

I think Newton is going to blow up against this Saints defense and carve them up for his first 300 yard game of the season.

Stat of the game: Newton's 43.8 passer rating is the third worst of his career.

You should have just about every able-bodied Panther in your lineup this week.

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