It’s the third matchup between these NFC South divisional opponents. The Saints beat the Panthers both times, 34-13 and 31-21. They’ve had the Panthers’ number all season.
Lots has been discussed regarding the Saints offense, including my video on the dynamic duo of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram in the backfield. The offense will always be a key for the Saints.
Unlike in previous seasons, the Saints defense has been able to match the offensive production. The unit is lead up front by Cam Jordan. He’s still nationally underrated, which is criminal. Jordan has 13 sacks, 28 quarterback hits, and 17 tackles for a loss. He’s a monster who’s been particularly hard to block for the Panthers this season. If Cam can continue to harass Cam, that will help slow down the Panthers offense.
I’ve said this all season. The Panthers come and go as Cam Newton plays. In 11 wins, Cam has an 18-5 TD to INT ratio and a 95 passer rating. In five losses, that ratio is 4:11 and his passer rating falls to 53.6.
Carolina needs good Cam to show up to keep up with the Saints offense. Additionally, the Panthers need Cam to be his special self on third down, where he’s in the bottom three for qualifying quarterbacks in completion percentage and passer rating. The Panthers would be wise to get Newton going early in the run game. He’s still exceptional in there and that usually boosts his confidence, as well as the entire offense.
Faced with the prospect of losing defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to Detroit, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to Indianapolis and linebackers coach Brian Flores Martin St. Louis Youth jersey to Arizona, the New England Patriots’ coaching losses may go even deeper.
Patriots special-teams coach Joe Judge also is working on an expiring contract and could leave New England after this season to join one of his fellow departing assistant coaches, league sources told ESPN.
Elite Youth Kirk Mclean Jersey If Judge were to leave New England, it would mean that head coach Bill Belichick could be losing each of his three direct reports on his coaching staff.
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Judge has coached with the Patriots since 2011, after working under Nick Saban at Alabama from 2009 to 2011.
Under Judge’s talents and direction, the Patriots typically have fielded one of the league’s top special-teams units.