Tomorrow afternoon in front of a jammed packed Mercedes-Benz Super Dome, the New Orleans Saints will have an opportunity to put a dagger into the Carolina Panthers Super Bowl aspirations for 2016. I expected the Panthers to be the head of the class in the NFC South.
As of today, they are in dead last in the division. Last season, the Saints gave the Panthers two of their toughest games of the year. With a win, tomorrow vs. Carolina could show that the Saints have a pulse left this season. However; we have seen this story before from the Saints. They slowly climb their way back to 500 only to crash and burn again.
They can reverse their fortunes in 2016 if they make it through their grueling against some of the best teams in the league such as the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. But it all starts with defeating the Carolina Panthers this Sunday, a team that has reigned over the NFC South for three consecutive seasons.
You can clearly tell, that this is not the same Panthers offense from a year ago that can put up points at will against opposing defenses. The Panthers were one of the most explosives offenses in the league without their premier weapon in the passing game, Kelvin Benjamin. Now they have Benjamin in the lineup, and they are failing to be productive in the passing game.
While the Panther’s defense has not been at their best so far this season, many football experts still believe that they will leave New Orleans with a victory. Will their secondary prevail against Drew Brees and his cast of weapons, only time will tell? For the Saints to win this game, Brees will have to have one of his best games ever, because Cam Newton and the Panthers will not go out that quickly.
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