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Can the Panthers beat the Saints?

The Panthers are not expected to win this Sunday when they travel to the bayou to take on Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. In fact, they aren’t even expected to make it a close game. The Panthers are 14 point underdogs according to the latest line*, and it doesn’t appear that they will be given much of a chance to win this game by anyone outside of their locker room.

I understand that the Saints have one of the most dynamic offenses in the league, and I understand that Drew Brees is one of the best quarterbacks in the game today, but to say that the Panthers won’t even come within two touchdowns in a division game is pushing it (no pun intended) to say the least.

The interesting thing about divisional games in the NFL is that you can throw stats right out the proverbial window — they don’t matter. It doesn’t mean anything that the Saints have one of the best passing offenses in the league, because the Panthers have one of the best passing defenses in the league. I think this game is going to come down to one of the immeasurable statistics — heart. Whichever team steps on the field and decides that they want the game more will win. It’s as simple as that.

If the Panthers want to come out of New Orleans with a 4-4 record and a realistic chance at the playoffs, then they are going to have to step out on the field and play with fire and hunger.  They’re going to have to want it more than New Orleans does, and unless they can do that, they will not win.

Divisional games are different than any other games on the schedule. The teams are so familiar with one another and they know all the strengths and weaknesses. Divisional games really aren’t about game planning — they’re about execution and desire. So if the Panthers want this game like they claim that they do — they are going to have to earn it. We already know the Saints want this game. They want all of them — they’re already talking about going undefeated.

On a side note, the undefeated talk is stupid if you ask me. They haven’t even won half of their games yet. They’re not even guaranteed a .500 season and they’re already talking about the chances of going 16-0? Call me when you get to 12-0, then we’ll talk about you going undefeated — and the talking heads on ESPN aren’t helping matters much either by talking about them having the easiest schedule. It’s not about that, it’s about putting forth their best effort week in and week out, because anyone can beat anyone in the NFL. Well, except for the Browns — they can’t beat anybody. But at least they weren’t talking about Brett Favre for the millionth time, so I really can’t complain too much.

Can the Panthers beat the Saints? Yes, of course they can. Will they? That’s a totally different story, and the ending has yet to be seen. But, stay tuned this Sunday, because it’s bound to be a good show — especially if the Panthers win, because I can’t wait to make fun of “who dat, who dat gon beat dem Saints” in a blog post.

*The Panther Playbook does not endorse illegal gambling.

  1. The BEEZE
    4 November 2009 at 10:14 PM

    If the Panthers can run the ball consistently, and control the clock…That mixed the defense hanging with the saints offense…I think they have a chance…Kinda…Maybe…

  2. LestersLegends
    5 November 2009 at 2:08 PM

    I agree with you. The Colts can have the discussion because they've been there before. The Saints have been out of this world, but let's see it hold up longer. I don't know if your guys can beat them. They are very opportunistic with turnovers and Delhomme hands out INTs like it's Halloween. If the running game can do their thing and Jake limits the mistakes, anything is possible. Oh and Peppers has to show up.

  3. bwsmith25
    5 November 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Beeze — I'm with you on the kinda, maybe part. I don't expect them to win this game, but I'm hopeful. Running the ball is key — because we all know Delhomme isn't going to beat them with his arm.

    Lester — My point exactly. When the Saints can win consistently, they can talk about going unbeaten when they're 7-0. If the Panthers can limit the turnovers, I think they have a chance.and Delhomme hands out INTs like it's Halloween LMAO! That's classic! Maybe we should start calling him "The Candy Man"?

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