Panthers Take On Angry Saints In NFC South Battle
By Danny Cox
The Carolina Panthers were hoping that the New Orleans Saints would lose against the Seattle Seahawks this past Monday night because it would put them in a tie for the NFC South lead. That is exactly what happened, but the Panthers may not be overly excited about that fact with what is to come.
After getting thrashed 34-7 by the Seahawks, the Saints walked off the field with their heads hanging low and feeling very dejected. Their nightmare in Seattle wasn’t over though.
The Saints had to spend the night in Seattle after the team plane broke down and they didn’t get back home until about 12 hours after they planned to return. Once back home, the players were sent away from the team facility to get some rest and start work the next day.
New Orleans’ three-game win streak … over.
Drew Brees’ streak of 43 straight games with 200 yards or more passing … over.
The Saints’ dominating defense … over.
There is a lot of anger in the city of New Orleans and the majority of it is coming from the Saints players and aiming it right back at themselves. As Brees said, “We got outplayed today. They played great. They made a lot of plays, and we didn’t.”
Now, the Panthers are going to have to step onto the field of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a team that is not only looking to prove their NFC dominance; not only a team that wants to win the NFC South; not only a team that wants one of the top two spots in the playoffs; but a team that is incredibly angry and looking for revenge.
That revenge will be able to come from anyone they step out in front of , and that will be the Carolina Panthers.
Cam Newton and the rest of the Panthers have shown that they can beat any team in the NFL, and their record this season is no mistake. This is a very good Carolina team. Probably one of the best teams that Carolina has had in years, and they have all the talent and ability to win the NFC South, throughout the playoffs, and even the Super Bowl.
This week, they’re just going to have to do what they’ve been doing all season. The Panthers are going to have to head out there and silence all the doubters that believe they don’t have what it takes.
One big difference about this week is that they’re going to be stepping onto a field that is on a national stage for Sunday Night Football. The field will be that of an NFC South rival and one with an identical record very late in the season. And did I mention that the Saints are also fuming?
Anyone that has watched the NFC South for the past six years knows that these are not the Saints of old.
These Saints won’t keep their heads hanging for a long time and realize that they’ve been beaten and that they’re done. This Saints team will put more out there than they ever have before and they’re going to want to rebound and very quickly.
Carolina needs to simply go out there and do what they’ve done a lot so far this season: Win.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. Danny is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.