Even though I cheer for the Carolina Panthers because I live here, I feel they have no chance winning Sunday against the New Orleans Saints and here are three reasons why:
- The Panthers defense has been atrocious. They give up an average of 144 yards per game on the ground and 25.5 points overall. Saints rookie running back Mark Ingram is has not yet defined himself as a superstar, but against this defense he should easily have a career rushing day, much like Matt Forte did last Sunday for the Chicago Bears. Plagued by unfortunate injuries, Carolina stands no shot against the high powered offense of New Orleans.
- Jeremy Shockey is questionable. Earlier in the week there was no doubt the Panthers tight end would sit out this game with a mild concussion, however now he wants to play. Shockey has been a great mentor to Greg Olsen and is an emotional leader for this team. A concussion, which is a growing concern in the league, is something Head Coach Ron Rivera and the veteran tight end will need to discuss before game time. His absence from the field will mean one less target for Cam Newton.
- The New Orleans defense is ready for Cam Newton. Look for the Saints to try to put pressure on the rookie quarterback early and often, which could cause problems for the Panthers, who have relied on the passing game early on this season. A few interceptions and sacks will keep Carolina playing from behind all afternoon.
In the end I believe New Orleans will win this one going away: 38-17. What do you think the final score will be?
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