10 quick thoughts from Carolina Panthers win vs. the Saints in Week 3

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Marquis Haynes
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What were some quick thoughts to emerge from the Carolina Panthers () against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3?

The Carolina Panthers had untold pressure on their shoulders entering Week 3 versus the New Orleans Saints. Head coach Matt Rhule’s job status came under the microscope prominently in the lead-up to this divisional clash, although a report from NFL Network insider Ian Rappaport hours before kick-off indicated that the former Baylor man was safe, for now.

Rappaport stated that sources suggest team owner David Tepper is willing to err on the side of patience with Rhule. But the report also highlighted the need for results and performances to improve soon, which those within the organization expect heading into three consecutive home contests.

As it turned out, the Panthers managed to get themselves over the line and finally get their campaign underway with a well-deserved triumph, their first in more than a year in front of the fans at Bank of America Stadium.

With that being said here are 10 quick thoughts that emerged from Carolina’s win against the Saints, which now has them sitting at 1-2 after three games.

Quick Thought No. 1

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Carolina Panthers defense provided an early spark

It was a disjointed start on offense for the Carolina Panthers. Fortunately, their defense was in no mood to mess around.

One play, in particular, completely shifted the early momentum. Frankie Luvu ripped the football out of Alvin Kamara’s hands and onto the ground, leaving edge rusher Marquis Haynes free to scoop it up and demonstrate an eye-catching burst for the opening touchdown.

This was Carolina’s first takeaway of 2022. And in all honesty, it couldn’t have arrived at a better time.