New Orleans will look to avoid a 0-2 start when the go into Carolina this Sunday. The Panthers also took a surprisingly loss when the Bucs shocked Cam Newton and the rest of the team. In that game the Panthers only had 10 yards the entire game rushing. Yeah, it was not pretty. They did not have Jonathan Stewart in that game, but were supposed to have a ton of depth at the position. DeAngelo Williams had -1 rushing yards in that game, and he has a contract over $40 million. Now, I do expect them to improve on those numbers, well mostly because they can’t get any worse.
Stewart looks likely to make this game. He has been practicing most of the week, and not limited much at all. The Bucs don’t have a great rush D, but neither do the Saints. With a banged up Stewart, they could still struggle, but I think we will see a lot better rushing team than Tampa did. Cam Newton didn’t play a horrible game, but it wasn’t exactly great. He threw for a lot of yards (as Brees did), but he wasn’t exactly efficient (like Brees). But, also like Brees, I think he will fare better this week. Steve Smith remains as his only reliable target, but Brandon LaFell is much improved.
This game should be a shootout, in theory. Neither defense is that great, and both teams have electric Quarterbacks. Brees shouldn’t have a problem lighting up this D, but is running out of people to throw to. Devery Henderson suffered a concussion last week and hasn’t practiced all week. Players rarely come back the next game in concussions in this age, so it seems unlikely that he will play. That leaves Colson and Moore as the top receivers and of course Jimmy Graham is still kickin. I like the Saints chances in this one, despite all of the turmoil surrounding them. I’m sure Brees didn’t take last weeks loss too lightly, and should rarely his troops for this one.