MNF Preview: New Orleans Saints (11-2) vs. Carolina Panthers (6-7)

Updated: Aug 2, 2019




Preview

Early in the season, everyone thought this game could determine the fate of the NFC South. Instead, this will be a dominant squad facing a team whose playoff hopes are fading. Drew Brees and the Saints got back to their winning ways last week, getting revenge on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for defeating them in the Superdome. Carolina, meanwhile, is coming off a loss to the Cleveland Browns, which has put a damper on their season. For the Panthers to have a shot at the postseason, they will need to win out at the least. The million dollar question is with three divisional games to end the season, is it realistic?


Players to watch

Drew Brees and Cam Newton are going to have the task of keeping their teams on pace with each other. Brees has a great supporting cast to ensure that, with Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas set to go off this week. Meanwhile, Christian McCaffrey is continuing to prove why he’s got Hall of Fame genes, as he’s essentially the counterpart to Kamara. DJ Moore will be outside for the home squad, so he’ll get some targets, but without Greg Olsen, those targets may be limited due to excellent coverage tactics. Cameron Jordan is still a beast on the defensive line, so he’ll probably get another sack on his already impressive resume.


Keys to the game

New Orleans Saints

  • Keep Brees upright

  • Playmakers need to step up

  • Keep Cam under duress

  • Secondary/special teams needs to step up


Carolina Panthers

  • Don’t let Cam get sacked

  • Attack the secondary

  • Don’t get beat by playmaker


Injury list

New Orleans Saints

Terron Armstead, OT - Pectoral (Out)


Carolina Panthers

Graham Gano, K - Knee (Out)

Kawann Short, DT - Calf (Doubtful)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  1. Drew Brees, QB (NO)

  2. Michael Thomas, WR (NO)

  3. Alvin Kamara, RB (NO)

  4. Cam Newton, QB (CAR)

  5. Christian McCaffrey, RB (CAR)

Prediction

Something clicked last week in the Saints, and I don’t think they’re going to lose again until the playoffs start (and maybe not even then). They’re proving to be the total package, and that’s dangerous for any team to face. Carolina is hanging on by a thread, but the Saints are in possession of the scissors, and that thread will be cut this week. The Saints will win comfortably, with the game essentially out of reach by halftime.

Final Score: Saints 35, Panthers 20


Written by: Joe Carlino

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