Thirteen months ago the Saints traveled to Bank of America Stadium to butt heads with the Carolina Panthers. They handily defeated the Panthers 28-10 to end a 7-game losing streak. A month later the Panthers, seeking to snap their 6-game losing streak, visited the Superdome. The Saints dug a hole for themselves and wound up losing 41-10.
Saints fans will remember the melee in the first quarter of that game that was sparked by QB Cam Newton making an ass of himself with that damned “Superman” celebration I detest.
Saints QB Drew Brees has a shoulder injury. If he doesn’t respond to treatment he will sit out today's game and Luke McCown, the guy who pitifully muses in a Verizon commercial, “I wonder why they save those back-ups and not just put them in the regular rotation. I bet if they just had the chance some of those back-ups would really shine,.” will be under center. It will be McCown’s first NFL start since 2011.
The Panthers are 2-0 and the Saints are 0-2. While the absence of Brees could give the Cats a distinct advantage, if Newton plays like he’s the only player on the field, the Saints could force him to rethink his wonder jock mentality. The Saints’ defense could punish Newton and stretch their winning record at BOA Stadium to 5-4.
The game will be carried on FOX and kickoff begins at 1:00 PM.