#11 – @Carolina (12/22), ‘The Second Cam-ing’
Sep 16, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (58) reacts after pressuring New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9). The Panthers defeated the Saints 35-27 at Bank of America Stadium . Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
This is the second matchup in three weeks that we face the Panthers (obviously you can conclude that the other game is ranked higher). Again, this could be a very meaningless game, but facing NFC South opponents 3 out of the last 4 games does have meaning if we find ourselves in a race wtih the Falcons for the division.
The Panthers defeated the Saints at home last season 35-27, and Cam Newton stole the show. It seemed like it would be all Saints at first, as they leaped out to a 7-0 lead courtesy of a 1-yard Jimmy Graham TD, but it went south after Brees was picked off by Charles Godfrey. Sure, Hartley was able to add some field goals, but then the Panthers rush attack took over in the 2nd Quarter, and the Panthers would never look back.
This time around, I would say we have a better outing in Carolina, especially if the division is on the line. It will be a close game, because you can’t ever count Cam Newton out. Let’s just hope we see Steve Smith getting held in check.
Final Prediction: Saints 28, Panthers 24