New Orleans Saints: Madden simulation vs. Panthers in Week 2

Cornerback Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Cornerback Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints are 1-0 after blowing out the Packers in an unexpected Week 1 thrashing. Madden didn’t predict a victory from the Saints but then again, not many people did.

The video game projected it’d be a close game but that NOLA would fall shy of starting 1-0 by a score of 30-24. One team scored over 30 points but it was the Saints who accomplished that feat and not the Cheeseheads.

Next up for the black and gold is a trip to Carolina to face the Panthers. How does Madden see this game going down in Charlotte?

Madden Simulation – New Orleans Saints 31, Carolina Panthers 21

Saints Stats

  • Jameis Winston – 21-of-34, 312 yards, 3 TD, INT
  • Alvin Kamara – 17 carries, 84 yards, TD; 8 rec, 27 yards, TD
  • Marquez Callaway – 5 rec, 65 yards, TD
  • Lil’Jordan Humphrey – 2 rec, 32 yards, TD
  • Demario Davis – 11 tackles
  • Cameron Jordan – Sack
  • Marcus Davenport – Sack
  • Bradley Roby – INT
  • Paulson Adebo – INT
  • Marcus Williams – INT
  • Aldrick Rosas – FG: 1/1 (28 yards); XP: 4/4

Panthers Stats

  • Sam Darnold – 17-of-37, 187 yards, TD, 3 INT
  • Christian McCaffrey – 23 carries, 106 yards, TD; 6 rec, 56 yards
  • Robby Anderson – 7 rec, 72 yards
  • D.J. Moore – 3 rec, 27 yards, TD
  • Haason Reddick – 7 tackles
  • Brian Burns – Sack
  • Jeremy Chinn – INT
  • Zane Gonzalez – FG: 1/2 (38 yards; Missed – 55 yards)

Madden sees the Saints moving to 2-0 with a comfortable win over Carolina. No one would be surprised to see the game go down like this with the Saints winning handily with Darnold and the Panthers’ offense struggling to move the ball.

McCaffrey is the best weapon on Carolina’s offense and he’ll have to have a perfect game in order for his Panthers to have a shot at taking down NOLA. While Madden does indeed see McCaffrey having a big game, Darnold’s three picks give New Orleans three extra possessions and as we saw in Week 1, if teams give the Saints an inch, they’ll take a mile.

The biggest stars for New Orleans in this projection are Kamara (shocker *sarcasm*), Callaway, and Humphrey on offense with several guys taking charge on the defensive side of the ball.

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What stands out to you about this projection?