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Cam Newton's rusty play has to be a concern for Panthers

25 September, 2017, 00:58 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • MRI for Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin shows no structural damage to left knee

The Panthers moved to 2-0, grinding out a 9-3 win over Buffalo in a game where neither team was able to score a touchdown. Defensively, it was another brutal outing for the Saints, as New Orleans allowed 555 yards of total offense, including 447 yards through the air, while also letting New England win the time of possession battle, with the Saints controlling the rock for just under 25 minutes in the loss. That's also meant that there's still little clarity at the running back position, with Mark Ingram, Adrian Peterson, and Alvin Kamara all struggling for touches.

"We showed that we can be a great defense", said Saints linebacker A.J. Klein.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin went out with a left knee injury Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Remember: Newton underwent shoulder surgery during the offseason. Granted, the Saints' defense is one of the worst in the league, but their offense always gives them a chance to stay in games, and New Orleans has gained a road warrior reputation for doing well against the number away from home. They will have to sustain drives better against Carolina's defense, which leads the league in points (six total) and yards (196.5 per game) through two games. Thomas finished with 87 yards receiving on seven catches. Translation: Big yards, Big plays, Big points. So far this season, Newton has thrown for 399 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while completing 59.6 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 85.3. Four plays after that, Brees found Brandon Coleman for an 11-yard touchdown with 5:42 to play in the first half. This marked the first time he's ever thrown more than one interception in a game against New Orleans.

DICKSON A NONFACTOR: Ed Dickson replaced Olsen at tight end for the Panthers, but was a nonfactor in the passing game.

I think Newton is going to blow up against this Saints defense and carve them up for his first 300 yard game of the season.

Saints: They head across the ocean to face the Miami Dolphins in London next Sunday. Instead, most of Newton's underneath passes went to McCaffrey.

You should have just about every able-bodied Panther in your lineup this week.


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