First off, I sure am glad this is the preview of the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints game. I don’t know how John managed to review last week’s game without using more four letter words than a rebellious teenager, but I applaud him.
Let’s face it; last week was embarrassing. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took one of the best Carolina Panther teams in history and wiped the floor with them. But it’s not time to call the season a wash over one loss, we still have a division rival coming to Charlotte this Sunday; the New Orleans Saints.
New Orleans has one of the most explosive offenses in the League and their .500 record (3-3) doesn’t do them justice. They lead the league in passing yards per game (324.7), 2nd with total yards a game (412.2), and rank 4th in the league with points per game (28.7).
This one definitely won’t be easy, but if any team is more appropriately balanced to stop this offense, it’s the Carolina Panthers. So far, we’ve only given up 158.8 passing yards per game (2nd in the NFL), 264.5 total yards a game (3rd in the NFL) and a total of only 16.2 points per game (4th in the NFL).
Notice a similarity? New Orleans will come to Bank of America Stadium with a fiery offense and will face Carolina’s stone wall defense. It should be a very interesting game, to say the least. My prediction is the team that commits the least amount of penalties is going to win this one.
· — Reggie Bush, in an attempt to shake the “Reggie Bust” moniker, has been compiling great total stats this year. He’s got 239 rushing yards, 361 receiving yards, and 269 return yards, totaling 8 touchdowns. He’s going to be on the Carolina Panthers priority list.
· — Drew Brees was named Offensive Player of the Month for September. With almost 2000 passing yards and 12 touchdowns thus far, it’s not hard to see why.
· —The Twin-Headed rushing attack of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart has amassed 632 rushing yards and six touchdowns already. Their six combined touchdowns overshadow the passing game’s total of only five touchdowns.
· Carolina, enforcing its strong pass rush, has recorded ten sacks. They’ve also given up only nine sacks.
· D.J. Hackett, Ryan Kalil, and Jeff Otah all did not practice this week.
· Neither did Reggie Bush or Sean Ellis.
Get ready, Carolina Panthers fans. This isn’t just any division rivalry; it’s also to keep Carolina on top of the NFC South. A great way to show last week was just a fluke is to rebound and take down this juggernaut offense.