4 sneaky threats the Panthers must respect vs. Saints in Week 3

(Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports) Chris Olave
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What sneaky threats must the Carolina Panthers take seriously when they clash with the New Orleans Saints in Week 3?

The Carolina Panthers are coming off back-to-back losses to late field goals of more than 50 yards. Based on the schedule there was no excuse not to be heading into Week 3 at 2-0 and the pieces were in place to start 3-0 like the beginning of last year with Sam Darnold at quarterback.

There is too much talent on the Panthers’ roster to be underachieving in games they should win. The New Orleans Saints have one of the best defenses in football, so if the offense plays like they have through two games, it could turn ugly.

Losing a tenth-straight game to a divisional opponent would be a disaster. Something that would cause further friction and pile additional misery on head coach Matt Rhule along the way.

The Saints have weapons on both sides of the ball. It seems the only thing that might hold them back is quarterback Jameis Winston.

Winston is a gambler and this often leads to interceptions. The Panthers have to get a takeaway to put the offense in a better field position and provide Baker Mayfield with more opportunities, especially considering they have lost the time of possession battle by a wide margin over their opening two defeats.

Without further ado, here are four sneaky threats that the Panthers must respect to emerge victorious in Week 3.