4 big Carolina Panthers storylines to watch vs. the Saints in Week 3

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What are the big storylines to watch when the Carolina Panthers take the field at Bank of America Stadium against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3?

It’s gameday No. 3 for the Carolina Panthers in 2022 and the stakes could not be higher. Matt Rhule’s men are currently holding the NFL’s longest losing streak at nine and some severe criticism has been handed to the coaching staff throughout the week to pile further pressure on the organization at the worst possible time.

The New Orleans Saints will be aiming to put one more nail in Rhule’s coffin at Bank of America Stadium during Carolina’s first divisional matchup of the campaign. Although many predicted a period of transition following the departure of head coach Sean Payton, their performances so far suggest another playoff spot could be in the offing if everyone stays clear of injuries.

This is arguably the biggest test of character for the Panthers Rhule took over from Ron Rivera in 2020. And there’s just no telling what the atmosphere might become with the stands if Carolina cannot show some semblance of competitiveness.

With that being said, here are four big Panthers storylines to watch in Week 3 versus the Saints.

Big Storyline No. 1

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Carolina Panthers defense taking chances

Much has been made about the Carolina Panthers’ defense not creating a turnover through the opening two games. This was an area the team wanted to improve in 2022, so failing to impact this category as yet is disappointing.

Jameis Winston’s fondness for turning the football over is renowned. Something that should provide the Panthers with a chance or two for takeaways providing there is enough pressure generated by the front seven.

Winston and Alvin Kamara are both expected to play despite injury concerns. But it’s imperative Carolina’s defense ends their turnover drought to take some pressure from the offense.