Entering week two both the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers find themselves 0-1 after high expectations before the season. Now it’s time to see which one of these two NFC South foes can write the ship and bring their record to .500 and also which one will start the year off 0-2 having plenty of work to do to recover.
Last week the Saints found themselves overwhelmed by rookie QB sensation Robert Griffin III, but if Drew Brees and company want to have any hope keeping pace in their division they need to notch a victory against the Panthers. Brees had his usual kind of performance in week one, passing for 339 yards and three touchdowns but his accuracy wasn’t there as he completed just 24 of his 52 attempts. Lance Moore hauled in six of those passes for a 120 yards and a score while Jimmy Graham also caught six Brees passes for 85 yards and a trip to the endzone.
The offense put up points in their 40-32 loss to the Washington Redskins but the defense played extremely poor surrendering 306 yards in the air and another 153 on the ground making RG3 and the Skins look like the San Francisco 49ers offense of the 80′s and early 90′s. Somebody on the Saints defensive unit is going to have to step up in order to prevent New Orleans from starting off the season in unforgettable fashion.
Meanwhile the Panthers didn’t give up much in their opening season 16-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the only problem was their offense didn’t do much either. Cam Newton had a very good game passing for 303 yards and a touchdown while completing 23 of his 33 attempts however the Panthers failed to make any return trips to the endzone and that cost them big time. Carolina wideout had success grabbing seven passes for 106 yards however he never once crossed the pile=ons and that needs to change this week if the Panthers want to earn a W.
The major problem for Carolina was their running game or lack thereof, as a team the Panthers racked up an NFL week one low 10 yards on the ground and in order for them to knock off the Saints this week they will need to get some production out of Johnathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and even Super Cam himself.
This game should be a good one to watch with both teams looking to stay out of the NFC South basement but in the end I like New Orleans winning big, something like 37-17 sounds about right to me.