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Panthers Collapse Against Saints In Week 3 Matchup

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Panthers Collapse Against The Saints

The Carolina Panthers were one of seven undefeated teams to go down Sunday as they were blasted 34-13 by the Saints. As a result of inconsistent play in the first two games, Week 3 saw the Panthers collapse against the Saints. Their luck finally ran out Sunday.

Drew Brees Is Still Drew Brees

The Panthers went into Sunday’s game with the #1 ranked defense in the league. They didn’t face a major offense in the first two weeks, but they knew it wouldn’t be the same against Drew Brees. The Saints came into Carolina after losing four of the last five to the Panthers. That didn’t stop Drew Brees from completely destroying the heart and soul of the Panthers.

Brees threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns, each of which was to three different receivers. The Panthers defense came into this game getting multiple sacks in each of the first two games. Sunday they managed to get only one as Brees was wasting no time getting the ball to his receivers. The connection that Brees and Michael Thomas are beginning to form is going to be very dangerous for the NFC South. Particularly for a team like Carolina whose secondary is one of the weaker ones in the league.

Cam Newton And The Offense Struggled . . . Again

The Panthers offense seems to have gotten progressively worse each game this season. Finally, an abysmal Saints defense was able to cause the Panthers collapse on Sunday. If there was any week that the offense needed to get on the same page, it was this week against the 32nd ranked defense. No doubt missing Greg Olsen was a huge hit but the Panthers still expected to show up this week at home. Instead, they turned out to be no-shows.

Cam Newton finished the game going 17 for 26 for 176 yards and three interceptions. This was the tenth time in Cam’s career that he finished a game with at least three picks. Everyone has tried to remain optimistic when it comes to Cam’s struggles, but it seems like patience is wearing thin. It’s hard to contribute a performance like this to rust when he’s playing against the worst defense in the league. If the Panthers plan on climbing out of the basement of the division, they will need the MVP version of Cam Newton.


Kelvin Benjamin left the game in the first quarter after injuring his knee. He didn’t return to the game, and it seemed to hurt the offense in a major way as Cam’s game was in the locker room with Benjamin. If Benjamin has to miss a lot of time, it will add more bad news onto the plate of a Panthers team that is free-falling.

Game Balls

It is hard to find anything positive in a loss like the one the Panthers just took, but there are game balls to give out. The first one goes to kicker Graham Gano who went a perfect 2-2 including a 48-yard field goal. You know things didn’t go as planned when your kicker is getting the game ball.

The second game ball will sadly have to go to the other team. Drew Brees receives this one. It seems like football fans are wishing on Drew Brees to lose a step. Every time we begin to think he has, he comes right back with a game like this one. It’s time to stop worrying about when these greats are going to fall off and just keep enjoying the ride.

What’s Next?

Next week the Panthers will take a trip to Foxboro to face the New England Patriots.