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New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers: Prediction, preview, pick to win

The Carolina Panthers will play host to the New Orleans Saints in what should be one of the most exciting matchups of Week 3. A defense that entered the game ranked No. 1 in the National Football League gave up two first-half touchdowns after giving up only two field goals in the first two games.

Quarterback Drew Brees feels the pain of the fans and understands the frustration, even though he did his best to hide it after Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots.

Of course, this is assuming the Panthers can effectively execute on offense, something they have struggled with so far this season. And I think Coach touched on it earlier in the week, this two-week stretch of us being on the road is gonna be a big tell of the team we're gonna be for the rest of the season, finding our identity and really starting to mature as a defense and come together and perform.

The Saints' success prompted Panthers coach Ron Rivera to wonder whether Steve Wilks was mixing up his looks enough in his third game as defensive coordinator.

Ginn hauled in a 40-yard touchdown catch from Drew Brees on the first drive of the second half to give New Orleans a commanding 24-6 lead. Newton completed 17 of 26 passes for 167 yards. "Those guys have one of the best defenses in the NFL".

The New Orleans Saints have released veteran defensive linemen Kendall Langford and Darryl Tapp, and have elevated two rookie defensive backs from their practice squad. A win has them back in the mix with their division rivals.

"When you add pieces on defense like Pep and Mike and Captain, hey, you don't need a lot of time to acclimate to your team and to your system", Kuechly said.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Kicker Wil Lutz has the leg (he made a 50-yarder that could've been good from 60, and missed a 56-yarder that was wide left but was plenty long enough) to inspire confidence from distance. The Saints running backs are also in the mix - Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara are both great pass catchers. Newton of course has a history of quarterbacking excellence, no example more obvious than in 2015 when he led Carolina to the Super Bowl and won MVP honors along the way.

"Obviously you've seen the weeks prior and he's had some errant throws, but you've gotta remember two years ago Cam's the MVP". P.J. Williams, pick. In his past three vs. Carolina, he has 1,032 passing yards (344 per game), nine TDs and three INTs (104.3 rating). But at the same time, like I said, like I said in my Twitter post, it's bigger than me, man.

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