Hello Panther Nation! This is my first article for the site and I just wanted to say hello to all of you fans. I look forward to writing for this amazing fan base and I hope you all enjoy our site. That being said let’s dive into the issue at hand, the New Orleans Saints. This Sunday is a showdown between two NFL powerhouses in the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints. The winner of this rematch will in all likelihood win the NFC South Division. Here are 3 reasons why the Panthers will best the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
1. The game is in Charlotte.
It is no secret that the Saints struggle on the road. In the Superdome they are an almost unstoppable team, but when away from the comfort of their homes the entire team tends to lower its level of play as indicated by their 3-4 road record. At home the Saints are scoring a whopping 32.8 points per game (ppg). However, on the road that scoring dips to a paltry 18.4 ppg. For whatever reason this team struggles to find a rhythm on the road and the Panthers defense will look to exploit this.
2. Cam Newton loves playing in Bank of America Stadium
Cam Newton has the second highest QBR (82.1) at home in the NFL. He’s second only to Peyton Manning’s home QBR of 83.9. The QBR is ESPN’s metric that takes into account everything that a quarterback does to help his team win. Cam is efficient, decisive, and plays with more passion when he’s in Charlotte. He feeds off of the energy from the crowd and has made some jaw dropping plays for the fans (see the New England game for several examples). Expect Cam to have an efficient game and shred the the Saints defense.
3. The Saints are starting a rookie at Left Tackle
Sean Payton has stated that rookie LT Terron Armstead will get his first NFL start this Sunday. After reading this headline, you know the Kraken and Charles Johnson are licking their chops at this matchup. Expect Rivera to test the rookie and send pressure his way throughout the game. If Star Lotulelei can generate pressure up the middle and command double teams, it will open up one-on-one matchups for Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson to attack Armstead and get pressure on Drew Brees. The key to beating the Saints is to put pressure in Drew’s face. If he is allowed to stay clean in the pocket, he will shred the Panthers zone defense. My prediction is Drew Brees will be cleaning a lot of grass stains off his jersey on Sunday.
So there it is Panthers fans. Three reasons the Panthers will beat the Saints on Sunday and take one step closer to clinching the NFC south. What do you think? Please comment below and give us some of the reasons you think the Panthers will win this week’s game.