The Carolina Panthers are not the same team that made their way to Super Bowl 50 after starting their season with a 1-4 record. Rumors are swirling that coach Ron Rivera and Cam Newton both seek redemption when they play the New Orleans Saints this Sunday.
Odds Shark sees an evenly match on Sunday but the Panthers are taking the heads up on the odds with a -3 while the Saints take a +3. The Panthers (1-4) hold the upper hand against the Saints in their series at 3-0. But with the turn of events this season, the Panthers could only hope that Newton would be able to bounce back.
Hopefully, Newton would be able to call the snaps this Sunday as another absence will totally spell disaster for them. Newton had to sit it out against the Buccaneers and it gave them another loss. Ron Rivera hopes that they could still salvage their season starting with a win over the Saints.
For the Saints (1-3) they are also at the crossroads of their season. Teams feared both the Saints and Panthers and in time things change and they have become cellar dwellers. The Saints do also want to regain their bearing and a win over the Panthers would certainly boost their spirits.
If Newton sits out again because of concussion lookout, it could spell trouble for the Panthers and their season could be over. Derek Anderson did a good job in their last outing but needs to assert his position and not look over his shoulder if he would be replaced or not. With the uncertainty of Newton calling the snaps, Anderson needs to find his grind if he ever wants to stay on the roster.
Aside from the quarterback woes, the Panthers also need to acknowledge the efforts of tight end Greg Olsen. Olsen hauled nine passes for a total of 181 yards against the Buccaneers. Impressive at it may seem it was still not enough to help their cause. The Panthers need to dig deep and look for answers if they want to duplicate their feat last season.
For the Saints, Drew Brees needs to take some tricks out of his sleeves if he ever wants to stay as the team’s starting quarterback. He needs to take a look at what worked for him in their win against San Diego.
Sunday’s match will be interesting as both the Panthers and the Saints want to get back into the winning column. Curse or no curse, the Panthers hope to get back on their feet while the Saints aim to reclaim their tag as one of the feared team in football.
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