NFL Network gives New Orleans Saints the nod for a win over Panthers; Darren Sharper doesn’t


January 1, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Tom Johnson (96) and linebacker Martez Wilson (95) tackle Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Panthers 45-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The New Orleans Saints sometimes don’t get much positive light from the national media, especially ESPN it seems, when it comes to game predictions.  NFL Network actually gave the Saints their vote in the game against the Carolina Panthers today, while a former player didn’t.

A four person panel that included LaDainian Tomlinson, Sterling Sharpe, and Michael Lombardi all unanimously picked the Saints to pull out a victory today against the Panthers.

Sharpe noted that if the Saints start 1-1 then they have a “chance”(Playoffs/Super Bowl) and if they start 0-2 then they don’t.  One person who doesn’t give the Saints a chance is a former player that helped them win a championship.

Former Saints safety Darren Sharper believes his former team will be defeated by the Panthers.  Sharper cited the reasons being that the margin of victories against the Panthers when the Saints have played them away has been three points.

Sharper also said that the Saints will be facing a dual threat quarterback in Cam Newton much like they did in last Sunday’s loss under Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.