The Carolina Panthers are looking for their first win of the season this Sunday, September 25 against the New Orleans Saints.
The game will take place at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will begin at 1 p.m. EST. It will air on FOX. Fans can watch the game for free with a trial of DirecTV Stream, fuboTV or NFL+. Each streaming service offers a free trial when you sign up. NLF Plus is a new streaming service that streams all games in the local market.
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The Panthers will need to earn a third try against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday if they hope to end a nine-game league losing streak. Carolina converts 26.1% of its third down conversions, which ranks it 29th in the league. The Saints’ third defense was pretty solid, allowing opponents to convert just 33.3% of their chances, which is tied for eighth in the league. Saints quarterback Jameis Winston struggled throughout his career against the Panthers. He’s 4-6 in 10 appearances against Carolina with nearly twice as many interceptions (16) as touchdown passes (nine). He was also sacked 36 times by the Panthers, returning the ball eight times on fumbles.
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More information via the Associated Press:
NEW ORLEANS (1-1) at CAROLINA (0-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Saints by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
AGAINST THE SPREAD: New Orleans 1-1, Carolina 0-2. NFL Week 3 Online Sports Betting Promotions from Barstool, Caesars, FanDuel
SERIES RECORD: Saints lead 29-26.
LAST MEETING: The Saints beat the Panthers 18-10 on Jan. 2, 2022 in New Orleans.
LAST WEEK: The Saints lost to the Buccaneers 20-10; The Panthers lost to the Giants 19-16.
SAINTS OFFENSE: OVERALL (17), RUSH (9), PASS (18), SCORING (t-19).
SAINTS DEFENSE: OVERALL (17), RUSH (23), PASS (11), SCORING (t-21).
PANTHER ATTACK: OVERALL (28), RUSH (20), PASS (30), SCORING (t-15).
PANTHERS DEFENSE: GENERAL (9), RUSH (29), PASS (3), SCORING (t-18).
REVENUE DIFFERENTIAL: Saints minus-3; Panthers minus-3.
SAINTS PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Michael Thomas is making an early play for Returning Player of the Year with 11 catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns this season. He’ll face a Carolina defense that’s been solid the past two seasons against the pass and ranks third in the NFL this year.
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PANTHERS PLAYER TO WATCH: RB Christian McCaffrey is fresh off his first 100-yard rushing game since 2019 and is starting to see more action on offense after getting just 14 touches in the season-opening loss of the team against the Cleveland Browns. The Panthers only made 53 and 58 offensive plays in their first two games — well below the NFL average — so McCaffrey’s touches could go up if the Panthers can stay on the field.
KEY MATCHUP: Panthers third offense vs. Saints third defense: Carolina converts a meager 26.1% (6 of 23) of its third conversions, which rank 29th in the league. The Saints’ third defense was pretty good, allowing opponents to convert just 33.3% of their chances. That’s tied for eighth in the league. If those two statistical categories hold, it could be another long day for QB Baker Mayfield and the Panthers’ offense. Mayfield is just 7 of 14 for 54 yards with an interception on third down.
KEY INJURIES: Saints RB Alvin Kamara missed Week 2 against the Buccaneers but hopes to return this week. Look for Mark Ingram to refill if Kamara is scratched again. … QB Jameis Winston is struggling with a back injury, but has played through it. … The Panthers will be monitoring the status of CB Donte Jackson, who suffered a hamstring injury in last week’s loss to the Giants…. Panthers LB rookie Brandon Smith is still struggling with a hamstring injury.
SERIES NOTES: New Orleans has had Carolina’s number in recent years, winning nine of the last 11 matchups — most of those with Drew Brees at quarterback. … The Panthers have faced the Saints more than any other franchise in team history. This will be the 56th meeting, including the playoffs. … The Saints won the only playoff encounter in a game with wildcards in 2017.
STATS AND STUFF: This is the Saints’ third straight game against an NFC South foe to open the season. … New Orleans allowed 10 sacks, the second most in the NFL. … QB Jameis Winston has nine touchdowns and one INT for a 103.4 rating in his last four starts on the road. … RB Alvin Kamara has 803 scrimmage yards and five touchdowns in his last seven road games. … RB Mark Ingram has at least 70 scrimmage yards in his last six games against Carolina. … Rookie WR Chris Olave had a team-high five catches for 80 yards in Week 2. … The Panthers have lost seven straight games at home since last season. Their previous home win came against the Saints on Sept. 19, 2021. … Carolina QB Baker Mayfield has had six assists at the line of scrimmage this season. He’s now had 50 assists down the line since entering the league in 2018, the most of any NFL quarterback, according to ESPN Stats and Info. … Panthers DE Brian Burns has 27 1/2 sacks through his first 50 games. The only other Carolina player with more was Julius Peppers (31). … Carolina starts five former first-round draft picks on defense. … Since the start of the 2021 season, the Panthers’ defense has the second-most games (13) to not pass an opponent for at least 200 yards, behind only the Buffalo Bills (14).
FANTASY TIP: QB Jameis Winston has struggled against Carolina throughout his career with New Orleans and Tampa Bay. In 10 games against the Panthers, Winston threw nine touchdown passes and 16 interceptions while being sacked 36 times.