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Keys To Victory vs The Saints

The Mac Attack
January 05, 2018 - 10:50 am

The Panthers are 0-2 against the Saints this season, but if they win this one, we will forget all about those regular losses. 

Here are four ways to flip the script in New Orleans.

1) Stop the Run- ​The Saints have gashed the Panthers on the ground this season.  They have run for the two highest totals the Panthers have allowed all year (148 and 149).   They average more than double the yards per game vs the Saints (149)  than the Panthers have given up in their other 14 games (79).  This needs to change this week in order for them to get a W.

2) Pressure on Brees- This one is directly linked to #1 on our to do list.  if they shut down the run on early downs, and put the Saints in 3rd and long, they have a much better chance to bother Brees.  In the first two games, Carolina has recorded only 3 sacks total.  According to Pro Football Focus, they have only pressured Brees 25 percent of the time.  That is no surprise either.  NO is 2nd in the NFL in fewest sacks against.  This will be a real challenge again this week.

3) Run the ball- The Saints are 28th in the NFL in yards per carry allowed (4.4) so this is a very doable task. As a matter of fact, the Cats have run for 5.4 yards a carry in two games vs NO.  But, they have only ran the ball 22 and 23 times in the two losses.  That number has to move over 30 on Sunday.  And that will only happen if they.......

4) Get a lead- ​In the first two meetings, the Panthers have been falling behind  and that has led to them not being able to stick with the run.  A fast start on Sunday could go a long way towards quieting the crowd in the Dome as well.


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