Panthers Host Saints in First Divisional Matchup of 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Although the Carolina Panthers are a perfect 2-0 on the young 2017 season, there is still much to desire from the team from an offensive standpoint.

The Panthers have only allowed 3 points in the first 2 games, but the offense led by quarterback Cam Newton, is still trying to find it's rhythm entering their matchup with the New Orleans Saints.

Wins are still are wins no matter how they are earned in the NFL, but come week 3, the Panthers will have their biggest challenge yet, facing future Hall of Famer Drew Brees and his third ranked offense in the entire league.

Newton is still showing signs of rust in the passing game, and now will have to rely on his arm more than ever without tight end Greg Olsen (out with broken foot) behind an offensive line without their leader in Ryan Kalil (neck injury).

The Panthers should find success on the offensive side of the ball considering the Saints are ranked last in the NFL in total defense. But the concern still remains if the Panthers fall behind Brees and that potentially explosive New Orleans offense.

The Saints though, could struggle some offensively considering both starting tackles in Terron Armstead and Zach Streif will miss action for the second straight week.

Brees has only been sacked twice in 2017, but the Panthers will look to change that, coming off a strong 6 sack performance against the Buffalo Bills in week 2.

Be on the lookout for rookie Christian Mccaffrey to finally earn his first trip into the endzone, against a defense that isn't particularly great at containing dynamic players.

A win would go a long way for both teams, but it seems likely the Panthers will come out victorious as long as Newton can find a little more rhythm in the pocket compared to the first 2 weeks.

Stay with WFMY News 2, your home of the Carolina Panthers, for all the latest coverage and updates throughout the 2017 season and beyond.

 

 

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