Which New Orleans Saints players must the Carolina Panthers contain to get themselves a priceless victory in Week 3 at Bank of America Stadium?
Not a whole lot of good can be said about Week 2 for the Carolina Panthers. Perhaps believing that Baker Mayfield would magically change the fortunes of a team that has been the definition of dysfunction even before Matt Rhule took the reigns a few seasons ago was wishful thinking.
There have been glimmers of what the Panthers are capable of when firing on all cylinders. They have just been few and far between to start the year.
However, if this team can limit the simple mistakes that have plagued them, there is a chance that they could be very good. Even if that seems some way off right now.
Without an entirely unnecessary pass interference in the end-zone in Week 1 and a pair of heartbreaking fumbles in Week 2, this Panthers squad could easily be undefeated. That is the worst thing about this season, it’s so close, it’s within reach, but the team can’t finish games.
This is something that must change against an incredibly talented, if underperforming, New Orleans Saints in Week 3. Even with not living up to some fairly lofty expectations, this is an opponent the Panthers cannot take lightly.
This has always been a harsh rivalry, the biggest in the NFC South ever since Cam Newton was drafted and even before then. Games that fans on both sides circle on their calendars each season.
What better way to get back on track, and get the fans back onside, than by beating the team everyone loves to hate?
In order to do this, Carolina must contain these four Saints players on Sunday.