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Blue Panthers: New Orleans Forever

If there is anything I have learned in life, it’s that two is always better than one. With Week Two underway, the New Orleans Saints are going against their first division matchup of the season. Their division rival, the Carolina Panthers, have held the Saints to 11.5 points per game in their last four meetings, with the Panthers winning three out of the four. However, the odds are in New Orleans’ favor. Since 2018, the Saints are 29-12 on the road, which ranks 2nd in the NFL. Concerning the title, the Panthers will struggle to become victorious, just as the heroes did in the Marvel movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Sometimes, the heroes do not always secure a win. The home team isn’t always promised a victory, especially when the New Orleans Saints are prepared.


Game Info


When: Monday, September 18, 2023 at 6:15 PM CST

Where: Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina

TV Info: ESPN


Injury Report


New Orleans Saints

Player:

Position:

Injury:

Status:

J.T. Gray

S

Shoulder

Limited Participation in Practice

Kendre Miller

RB

Hamstring

Limited Participation in Practice

Ryan Ramczyk

RT

Rest

Full Participation in Practice

Jimmy Graham

TE

Rest

Full Participation in Practice

Juwan Johnson

TE

Calf

Full Participation in Practice

Carolina Panthers

Player:

Position:

Injury:

Status:

Jaycee Horn

CB

Hamstring

No Participation in Practice

D.J. Chark

WR

Hamstring

Limited Participation in Practice

Taylor Morton

RT

Biceps

Limited Participation in Practice

Betting Info


Spread Favorite: Saints (-3)

Moneyline: Saints (-160), Panthers (+130)

Total: 39.5 points


Prediction


With the Saints on-the-road record, I think they have a good chance against the Panthers. Even though the Panthers swept them last season, I have to give this one to the Saints. I know I said that Derek Carr would struggle in his first game with the Saints last week, but I almost feel like he thrived. Besides throwing over 300 yards passing last week, Carr was ranked sixth in most passing yards amongst all quarterbacks. If the Saints want to replicate their win last week, Derek Carr must produce winning numbers. Saints starting running back Alvin Kamara is still suspended, and they have been unable to find an answer to establish a ground game. The 2022 rushing touchdowns leader, Jamaal Williams, has not found his rhythm with his new team in New Orleans. Maybe once Carr finds his groove, Williams will as well. When it comes to air or ground attacks, the Saints are capable of having it all. New Orleans has not been able to start the regular season 2-0 since 2013. Guess who was on that 2013 team? Jimmy Graham. He’s hopefully rested and ready to play this game. Number 80 is ready to help New Orleans keep a 0 in that losing column. The New Orleans Saints are going 2-0 for the first time since 2013, with number 4 leading the pack.


Score


Saints 17 - Panthers 13

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