Saints VS Panthers: NFC South Lead

Entering the 13th game of the year for both teams nothing could be bigger for both teams at this point. With this game the winner will be in the drivers seat with another rematch between the two teams in coming two weeks from tomorrow.

Carolina comes into this game as one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now. Winners of 8 in a row, they owe their success to the defensive side of the ball, Cam Newton and the Panther’s offense has been among the leader’s in time of possession but a lot of that can be credited to their defense collecting turnovers at a rate that have them second in the league in that stat.

The Saints also been at the top in time of possession, but the reason they have been there has been because of their ability to put long sustained drives together. The defense, as everyone knows has made remarkable strides in their improvement over last year. These two factors as well as this game being played in the Super Dome is why I’m going with the Saints to come out on top in the game Sunday night.

One area of concern for the Saints is how the defense will do in containing Cam Newton. In last weeks game against Seattle the defense was able to shut down Lynch but in doing so became vulnerable time and time again to Wilson making plays. The defensive effort against the run has improved week after week, but the question for this game will be did they learn anything from the loss in Seattle last week.

The Saints offense last week was a performance of historic ineptness. It’s been a long time since a Saints offense was completely dominated like that. Not sure of the reasons but the caliber of the talent and the competitive fire of Payton lead me to believe that there won’t be a repeat performance this week.

Saints 27 – Panthers 17, at that’s all I have to say about that.

Who Dat!!!!

Bill Stephens, SaintsGab writer, Follow Saints Gab on twitter @SaintsGab

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