UPDATE: This was all wrong. So very wrong.
I’ve gone on record as liking the Saints to win their second straight, 34-17 over the Panthers.
Panthers QB Cam Newton is a disaster. Carolina is 27th in the league in points scored. Newton has been sacked 25 times in the past six games. Cam Jordan and Junior Galette just perked up.
The Panthers’ defense is Swiss cheese. Carolina has been out scored 178-85 in the first half this season. A fast start by the Saints will be huge.
Drew Brees should feast on the Panthers young secondary. A rookie, Bene’ Benwikere, is making his first start at cornerback and rookie Tre Boston is making his second start at free safety. They’ve never faced Brees before.
Jimmy Graham will emerge. The Saints All-Pro tight end has been too quiet for too long. He wasn’t targeted last week. With former Saint Roman Harper in the Panthers’ secondary, I expect Graham to be targeted often today.
If the Saints have any thoughts of doing anything the rest of this season, they have to beat the Panthers convincingly.