The New Orleans Saints were embarrassed by the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football as they lost 34-7. With that loss in the back of their minds, the Saints have to be ready when the Carolina Panthers visit the Superdome on Sunday night.
The good news for the Saints is that they are undefeated at the Superdome this season with a 6-0 record. The bad news is the more I think about it, the more I realize that Carolina is very similar to the team that just dominated the Saints, the Seahawks.
Like the Seahawks, the Panthers boast a dominating defense that is great against both the pass and the run. Furthermore, Newton is a big, strong mobile quarterback who can beat opposing defenses with either his arm or his legs. Last week, the Saints’ offense only managed to put up 188 total yards. If the Saints want to beat Carolina, they will need more production from their running game as well as their wide receivers.
I would expect Jimmy Graham to have a much better game this week against the Panthers’ smaller secondary. Graham will be vital to the Saints’ success against the Panthers and with all the attention focused on him, it should create opportunities for other receivers as well as the running game.
It will surely help that the Saints will have their home crowd, which will be going for the loudest indoor stadium noise record, backing them up. This is a very important game for the Saints and if they win, they will be in control of the NFC south. The Saints would very much like to have home-field advantage in the playoffs, and that will start with a win against the Panthers.