4 biggest reasons the Carolina Panthers won in Week 3 vs. Saints

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Carolina Panthers defense was relentless

Many times last season the Carolina Panthers’ defense would get stop after stop only for Sam Darnold to go three and out or turn the ball over. At times Phil Snow’s unit would let go of the rope knowing their offense simply wasn’t capable of winning the game.

With an early defensive score, Carolina’s defense took matters into their own hands clinging to a 7-0 lead for a large part of this game. Some clutch plays down the stretch allowed Baker Mayfield and the offense to manage the game and take advantage of opportunities when they arose in pursuit of victory.

The New Orleans Saints had plenty of chances in this game and the Carolina defense responded by coming up with two interceptions, a sack, and the early defensive score that gave them a lead they would never relinquish.

All credit for this Carolina win is due to a defense that scored themselves and protected their lead knowing they couldn’t count on the offense to support them in the first half.

After a rough outing in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns, things are looking up for a unit that looks loaded with playmakers across the board. It’s also been refreshing to see some rotational guys come in and make an impact, although finding ways to generate pressure without sacrificing defensive backs would be prudent during a difficult stretch of fixtures.