3 bold predictions for the Carolina Panthers in Week 7 at the Saints

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In a game full of reunions, the Carolina Panthers will head to New Orleans to take on the Saints. Here are three of the boldest predictions for Sunday’s divisional matchup.

In a down year for the NFC, the Carolina Panthers look to remain in the playoff hunt by beating their division foe in New Orleans on Sunday. The Saints are coming off of a bye week and their last game was a close overtime win against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football. A win for Matt Rhule’s men would go a long way in staying in postseason contention.

A lot of the spotlight has shined on the fact that it will be a homecoming of sorts for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, offensive coordinator Joe Brady, and cornerback Eli Apple. All three were employed by the Saints before moving on. According to Jim Szoke of the Carolina Panthers Radio Network, Brady is treating this like any other game.

"“I’m process-driven, doesn’t matter who (the) opponent is. (The) opponent is nameless, faceless, trying to go (1-0) this week.”"

Bridgewater followed suit during his weekly press conference when he was asked if this week’s matchup is a rivalry game.

"“New Orleans just happens to be the next opponent on our schedule. It’s the most important game because it’s the next game.”"

While rivalries may not be motivating the Panthers, the fact that they are seven-point underdogs should. Carolina has been competitive all year, even in losses, and the Saints have not beaten anyone by more than a touchdown since Week 1. Here are three bold predictions for this week’s game at New Orleans.