New Orleans Saints’ fans should watch Panthers-Titans during the bye week
While on a bye week, those New Orleans Saints’ fans craving football should have their eyes on the Carolina Panthers vs Tennessee Titans.
The New Orleans Saints are on course for another dominant season, but with a potentially wild second-half awaiting, fans should still keep an eye on divisional foes. That said, the Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans square up in a Week 9 battle.
Heading in Sunday’s Week 9 matchups, there is only one team to be relatively worried about in the NFC South aside from New Orleans. That’s the 4-3 Panthers who will be taking on the 4-4 Titans at the Bank of America Stadium, the Panthers home.
The Panthers, who are still without Cam Newton, have a decent resume. They’ve lost to solid opponents, aside from one dropped game to Tampa Bay. Their only other two losses are to the Los Angeles Rams and the undefeated 49ers.
While they really aren’t necessarily a threat to the Saints’ dominance in the NFC South, the Panthers are the only other potential contender in the division and a loss to the Titans could do them in.
The Saints, the rest of 2019, played the Panthers in Week 12, the 49ers in Week 14, and the Panthers again in Week 17 among the rest of their other five matchups.
While those are all winnable games, if a few things go wrong in each outing, the Saints could be looking at a Wild Card spot. If we’re honest, there’s no reason to doubt the Saints.
They haven’t just won the bulk of their games, but they’ve been dominant. After all, their one loss is to the Rams, and it was in a game the Saints had to insert their backup quarterback in.
Needless to say, the Saints are on course to be the NFC’s best team for a second consecutive season, but they must finish the job against the Panthers in both their outings.
This matchup with Tennessee will be important for New Orleans to gauge the Panthers true competence. With four wins, the Titans are no joke and shouldn’t be expected to just roll over for Carolina.