After starting off the 2012 season with a loss to the Washington Redskins, the New Orleans Saints must regroup and dismantle Cam Newton and Carolina Panthers. This Sunday the Saints will travel on to battle the Panthers and will face a similar threat in Cam Newton that they had trouble stopping with Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
During the 2011 season, Newton passed for 4,051 yards and 21 touchdowns and he also gained 706 yards with ground work and scoring 14 additional times. Newton’s biggest fluke is his ability to throw interception after interception, which he totalled with 17 during the 2011 season.
Last season the Saints didn’t have too much on their hands when playing and defeating Carolina in both regular games. New Orleans retained Newton to only receiving 59 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown in both games played.
When playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season, Newton started with a 303-yard game against Tampa, only managing to attain one touchdown and two interceptions. This game play may all change this Sunday when Carolina plays on their home field, having somewhat of an advantage with their crowd.
With several changes on the Saints roster mending their receiving corp, the Saints should be better prepared and slapped with reality heading into Sunday’s game. Defeating Carolina this weekend will prove to be beneficial for the Saints by overcoming a divisional opponent.