Christian McCaffrey Primed to Breakout Against Saints [Film Study]

Christian McCaffrey Primed to Breakout Against Saints [Film Study]

This past week, Tom Brady put up career stats against the Saints with Gronk and a couple of running backs deployed in the passing game. New England only fielded three receivers Sunday, mainly because injuries are dropping them like flies. That didn't stop Brady from carving New Orleans up to the tune of 436 yards in the air. 

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Carolina Panthers Lose Ted Ginn To Division Opponent

With all the signings in-house recently in Charlotte, Ted Ginn Jr was a name that hadn't been muttered once and had fans worried. Ginn has now left Charlotte for a deal in New Orleans.

Ginn had taken to twitter on Wednesday with a post that could have, at the time, been taken as a happy post (new contract with Panthers), or an upset post (not enough money offered from Panthers). It now seems like the latter.

Ginn has been the Panthers only deep threat over the last few seasons. He left in '14 to chase money with the Cardinals, only to return a year later after a disappointing season ending in the playoffs with a loss to Carolina. He would then lead Carolina his first year back in receiving yards and touchdowns on the way to 15-1 and Super Bowl 50 after Kelvin Benjamin went down with an ACL tear in training camp. 

The loss of Ginn leaves a pretty gaping hole in the need of speed at receiver for the Panthers. Ginn had been the only consistent deep threat. There's a chance they may want to give Damiere Byrd more opportunities going forward, but I would look for them to address this need some during free agency and possibly the draft as well. Cam Newton thrives on big plays and as of noon today, it just got tougher for now.

Written By Tripp Morgan

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Article photo by Jesse Fraetis

Carolina Panthers And Free Agent WR Kenny Stills Makes Sense.

Carolina Panthers And Free Agent WR Kenny Stills Makes Sense.

Carolina's big-play threat Ted Ginn Jr. is set to hit free agency this offseason. While it's possible he re-signs on a team friendly deal, Ginn is also 31 and there may be a younger, better at his age, receiver in the market that Carolina could bring in.

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Quick Hitting Stats In Panthers vs Saints

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PANTHERS

  • Panthers lead series 6-5 in the Ron Rivera era.
  • Over the last five meetings, Cam Newton is averaging 269 passing yards per game and 41.8 rushing yards per game. He had 37 first downs and six touchdowns rushing over the first 10 contests.
  • Carolina is 2-3 at home this season after boasting the NFL's longest home winning streak at 14 in a row.
  • 0-3 in the division to this point and cannot afford a loss to the Saints (or anyone left) if they want to keep pace in the NFC South.
  • 1-0 in the NFL's new Thursday Color Rush games with all blue.
  • Will look to break 100 yards rushing for the first time in three games. 
  • Tied for 10th most in sacks given up with 23.
  • Defense is 5th in the league with 27 sacks, three back from leading Bills.

SAINTS

  • 3rd in NFC South with 4-5 record and 1-1 in the division.
  • Lead the NFL in total offense (427.7 YPG) and passing (322.7 YPG).
  • Second in NFL in points per game with 29.4 (Atlanta is first with 32).
  • Defense is coming off a solid performance against the Broncos, posting 6 sacks.
  • Have only rushed for 100 yards or more in four of last eleven meetings against Carolina (Rivera era).
  • 3-2 record since defeating the Panthers in New Orleans
  • Average 24 points at Bank of America stadium since 2011

Written by Tripp Morgan. Follow him on Twitter @TrippMorgan6

Article pictures of Panthers by Jesse Fraetis photography. www.fraetisphotography.com

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Echoes Ron Rivera Statement On Officials

During Monday's press conference, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera stated he thinks it's time for eight officials on the field and they be employed full time. He also said he believes quarterback hit should be able to be reviewed in the replay system. All his thoughts stemming from a low hit Cam Newton took in the pocket that the NFL later admitted they missed.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton pretty much echoed Rivera's statement on full-time referee's on Pro Football Talk Live today and then some.

"We are the only league with officials who have primary other jobs, which is really madness. We can pay these guys. They should be full-time NFL officials, and they should be working throughout the week, communicating," said Payton.

The officiating this season has been some of the worst we've seen. Perhaps with the additions of new rule over the last several years, they should look into extra officials as Rivera stated.

While quarterback replay's sound good for player safety, it would slow the game down that much more and could turn away more viewers. NFL ratings are already down this season and the NFL likely wouldn't play into anything that could hurt that more.

Both coaches have a point. For as much money as the NFL makes and how much it's been claiming to be about player safety, you would think this would be an easier step in the right direction. 

What do you think the NFL should do?

Written by Tripp Morgan

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Panthers Divisional Stretch Begins: Saints Up First

Panthers Divisional Stretch Begins: Saints Up First

At this time last season, the Panthers were entering week 13 at 3-8-1, and yet somehow still in the hunt for the division crown. Now a year later, the Panthers have reeled off an NFL record tying 15 consecutive regular season wins, and this week they will face the division team they got this monster rolling with, the New Orleans Saints. 

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Looking Back to See Ahead: The Panthers Quarter Report

Looking Back to See Ahead: The Panthers Quarter Report

Ah 4-0 to start the season, feels great doesn’t it? Oh…that’s right. While the Panthers are 4-0, and for their fans it does feel great, top of the world great, there is even SOME of the talk of Panthers the national media. Although most of the talk is about Carolina’s soft schedule and on that of beating bad opponents, there’s still noise.

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Five Takeaways from Panthers Victory Over Saints

Five Takeaways from Panthers Victory Over Saints

The Carolina Panthers made us fans sweat again today a remarkable interception by Josh Norman helped preserve the 27-22 victory over the Luke Mccown led Saints to improve to 3-0 on the year! Here are my top five takeaways from the action in the Queen City!

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Big Plays and Big Penalties the Story of Carolina's Win Over Saints

Big Plays and Big Penalties the Story of Carolina's Win Over Saints

Carolina’s defense really couldn’t have played much worse today. With Drew Brees out and Luke McCown behind one of the league’s worst offensive line, most thought the defense would be the hero’s this week. Certainly, few thought that it would be the offense and big plays downfield would be the story of the game. 

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Saints at Panthers Will Reveal More Than Some Want

Saints at Panthers Will Reveal More Than Some Want

After week two, we once again realized how little everyone knows about how the 2015 season will pan out.  The the experts told us for months who would be great and which teams shouldn’t bother lacing up the cleats and playing the games.  The Colts and Broncos would be near unstoppable in the AFC.  The Seahawks and Eagles would either shut teams down or blow them out.

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Panthers Look to Jump-Start Pass Rush Against Struggling Saints Offensive Line

Panthers Look to Jump-Start Pass Rush Against Struggling Saints Offensive Line

If there’s been one kink in Carolina’s defensive armor, it’s been the lack of a consistent pass rush. Graded -1.3 and ranked #23 by ProFootballFocus, the Panthers pass rush hasn’t produced results.  Kawaan Short and, rotational end, Mario Addison have been the lone bright spots, but Carolina’s starting defensive ends haven’t generated much. Charles Johnson was invisible as a rusher against Houston, and Kony Ealy may still be drawing penalty flags.  

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Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints: A fractured take on this week's matchup

Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints: A fractured take on this week's matchup

The Panthers march into Bank of America stadium this week riding a 2 game winning streak. Not-so-anxiously awaiting are the slumping New Orleans Saints. Carolina’s winning ways (much maligned by mainstream media) have come on the back of a ferocious defense. The offense is missing injured wide-out Kelvin Benjamin, but true to the team motto, they continue to keep pounding. 

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