New Orleans Saints versus Carolina: 4 Panthers that can ruin Week 2

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D.J. Moore, New Orleans Saints
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D.J. Moore can cause all kinds of problems for the New Orleans Saints.

D.J. Moore isn’t anybody’s top fantasy wide receiver in 2021, but he has a history of consistent production. His experience could do some damage to a depleted Saints secondary this year.

In the last two years at Carolina, Moore posted back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns. He was the second-most targeted receiver in both years, and in 2021 he might still be No. 2 behind Robby Anderson.

But the name of his game is consistency, and that’s in spite of Carolina’s revolving door of quarterbacks. In 2019, all three Panthers QBs missed games due to injury. In 2020, Teddy Bridgewater started 15 games but rarely hurled the pigskin downfield.

Somehow, Moore has still remained a winning factor on a losing team, and the Saints should be prepared to contain him as much as they can.

So far, Moore has quickly established a rapport with new Panthers QB Sam Darnold, catching six of eight targets for 80 yards in the Panthers’ Week 1 win against the Jets.

If Carolina can figure out how to find Moore in the end zone more often (he’s only caught 10 touchdowns in three years), Moore could severely burn Bradley Roby and Lattimore (if he plays) and will show Paulson Adebo what playing in the pro league is really like.

Moore recorded 194 yards and two touchdowns against New Orleans in their last two meetings. He’s capable of doing much more.