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Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints Pick & Prediction OCT 25TH 2020

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Joe Brady's coaching career took off after his tenure with the New Orleans Saints. Teddy Bridgewater revived his career during his time with the Saints.

 

Now Brady and Bridgewater are key pieces to the 3-3 Carolina Panthers' rebuilding effort as they visit New Orleans (3-2) on Sunday.

 

Brady was an offensive assistant under Sean Payton for two seasons before becoming passing game coordinator at LSU a year ago and transforming the Tigers' offense as they rolled to the CFP championship.

 

Bridgewater proved his recovery from a devastating leg injury suffered with the Vikings in 2016 was complete as he helped lead the Saints to a 5-0 record while Drew Brees was sidelined by injury last season.

 

Now Brady is the Panthers' offensive coordinator and Bridgewater is his starting quarterback.

 

First-year head coach Matt Rhule said the overlap that Brady and Bridgewater had in New Orleans in 2018 was "a game-changer" in the absence of any offseason program this summer because of COVID-19.

 

"We've been playing football for just two months or two and a half months," Rhule said. "Had it been someone new, the language, all that stuff would have been really hard. They were able to sit in a room and a lot of the language was similar, some of it being new and different.

 

"Joe's put his own twist on a lot of things obviously, but it's the same basic premise, same overall philosophy and I think it really has helped us."

 

Rhule praised Bridgewater's "global understanding of football."

 

"He's unbelievably smart football wise, does a great job of understanding what we're trying to get done, explaining it to others, having his own take on what we should get done," Rhule said. "I think because of that he helps people play better, guys follow him and I think that's because he's a tremendous leader."

 

The Saints, who are a half-game behind first-place Tampa Bay in their quest for a fourth consecutive NFC South title, are hopeful that All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas will play for the first time since injuring an ankle in the season opener.

 

Thomas was limited in practice Wednesday, but his absence from the Saints' last game -- a 30-27 overtime victory against the Chargers on Oct. 12 -- was for disciplinary reasons. The Saints had their bye last week, giving Thomas' ankle more time to heal.

 

"I think he's feeling better," Payton said.

 

The Saints will allow 3,000 fans into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the game. There were no spectators for the opener and the last two home games have featured a maximum of 750 guests of the team.

 

"It's an important game," Payton said. "It's a division game. You really can't control when your bye week is. We had ours and we handled a few things that we wanted to address."

 

New Orleans won its last two games before the bye, but had to overcome a 14-0 deficit to beat Detroit 35-29 and twice trailed the Chargers by 10 points before rallying.

 

The Saints used the bye week to work on more complete performances.

 

"At the end of the day, it's being the most efficient, most productive offense we can be," Brees said. "In the running game, you can look at it as yards per carry, as short-yardage conversions, you can look at it any number of ways, but at the end of the day, are we sustaining drives? Do we have balance? Are we efficient? Are we avoiding negative plays and constantly getting positive plays? Are we scoring touchdowns and taking care of the football?

 

"So you really just try to simplify and look at it like that. When there are opportunities for big plays, are we making them? Otherwise, are we doing all the little things right to sustain drives and put points on the board."

 

For the Saints, starting tackle Terron Armstead (hand) did not practice Wednesday.

 

For the Panthers, starters CB Donte Jackson (toe), defensive tackle Zach Kerr (toe) and guard John Miller (ankle) were limited.

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints

Player Position Lineup
Brian Burns primary: Defensive End Starter
Dennis Daley primary: Right Guard Starter
Mike Davis primary: Runningback Starter
Donte Jackson primary: Cornerback Starter
Chris Manhertz primary: Tight End Starter
DJ Moore primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Taylor Moton primary: Right Tackle Starter
Matt Paradis primary: Center Starter
Chris Reed primary: Left Guard Starter
Shaq Thompson primary: Weak Outside Linebacker Starter
Russell Okung primary: Left Tackle Starter
Tre Boston primary: Free Safety Starter
Tahir Whitehead primary: MIKE Linebacker Starter
Stephen Weatherly primary: Defensive End Starter
Zach Kerr primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Teddy Bridgewater primary: Quarterback Starter
Robby Anderson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Derrick Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jeremy Chinn primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Troy Pride Jr. primary: Cornerback Starter
Colin Thompson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Sam Franklin primary: Strong Safety Starter
Alex Armah primary: Fullback Substitution
Jermaine Carter primary: Linebacker Substitution
Corn Elder primary: Cornerback Substitution
Woodrow Hamilton primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Marquis Haynes primary: Defensive End Substitution
J.J. Jansen primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Greg Little primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Curtis Samuel primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Joey Slye primary: Kicker Substitution
Ian Thomas primary: Tight End Substitution
Brandon Zylstra primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Pharoh Cooper primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Seth Roberts primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Bravvion Roy primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Myles Hartsfield primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Sam Tecklenburg primary: Center Substitution
Eli Apple primary: Cornerback Substitution
Joseph Charlton primary: Punter Substitution
Adarius Taylor primary: Linebacker Substitution
Trenton Cannon primary: Runningback Substitution
Julian Stanford primary: Linebacker Substitution
Austin Larkin primary: Defensive End Substitution
Trent Scott primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Efe Obada primary: Defensive End Substitution
Kenny Robinson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Will Grier primary: Quarterback Not active
John Miller primary: Guard Not active
P.J. Walker primary: Quarterback Did not play
Stantley Thomas-Oliver III primary: Cornerback Not active
Mike Horton primary: Guard Not active
Marken Michel primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Player Position Lineup
Alex Anzalone primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Terron Armstead primary: Left Tackle Starter
Drew Brees primary: Quarterback Starter
Malcom Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jared Cook primary: Tight End Starter
Demario Davis primary: Weak Outside Linebacker Starter
Trey Hendrickson primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Taysom Hill primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Janoris Jenkins primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Cameron Jordan primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Alvin Kamara primary: Runningback Starter
Marshon Lattimore primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Erik McCoy primary: Center Starter
David Onyemata primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Ryan Ramczyk primary: Right Tackle Starter
Tre'quan Smith primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Marcus Williams primary: Free Safety Starter
Malcolm Jenkins primary: Strong Safety Starter
Andrus Peat primary: Left Guard Starter
Cesar Ruiz primary: Right Guard Starter
Zack Baun primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Juwan Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Austin Carr primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Will Clapp primary: Center Substitution
Marcus Davenport primary: Defensive End Substitution
Kaden Elliss primary: Linebacker Substitution
C.J. Gardner-Johnson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Carl Granderson primary: Defensive End Substitution
J.T. Gray primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Ethan Greenidge primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Justin Hardee primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Deonte Harris primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Josh Hill primary: Tight End Substitution
Wil Lutz primary: Kicker Substitution
Thomas Morstead primary: Punter Substitution
Latavius Murray primary: Runningback Substitution
Sheldon Rankins primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Craig Robertson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Patrick Robinson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Shy Tuttle primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Dwayne Washington primary: Runningback Substitution
Zach Wood primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Michael Burton primary: Fullback Substitution
P.J. Williams primary: Cornerback Substitution
Adam Trautman primary: Tight End Substitution
Marquez Callaway primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
James Hurst primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Nick Easton primary: Center Not active
Michael Thomas primary: Wide Receiver Not active
D.J. Swearinger primary: Defensive Back Not active
Malcolm Roach primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Jameis Winston primary: Quarterback Did not play
Derrick Kelly primary: Offensive Linesman Not active

Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 43 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Jared Cook
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
    • Passer: Drew Brees
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Deonte Harris
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
    • Passer: Drew Brees
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 7 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: DJ Moore
    • Conv Kicker: Joey Slye
    • Passer: Teddy Bridgewater
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 74 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Joey Slye
    • Passer: Teddy Bridgewater
    • Pass Receiver: DJ Moore
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
    • Rusher: Drew Brees
  • Period 3
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Rusher: Curtis Samuel
    • Conv Kicker: Joey Slye
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 41 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • Period 4
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 43 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • Detroit W 0 - 20
  • Tampa Bay L 46 - 23
  • @Kansas City L 31 - 33
  • Atlanta L 25 - 17
  • @New Orleans L 24 - 27
  • Chicago L 23 - 16
  • @Atlanta W 23 - 16
  • Arizona W 21 - 31
  • @L.A. Chargers W 21 - 16
  • @Tampa Bay L 17 - 31
W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • Atlanta W 9 - 24
  • San Francisco W 13 - 27
  • @Tampa Bay W 38 - 3
  • @Chicago W 26 - 23
  • Carolina W 24 - 27
  • L.A. Chargers W 27 - 30
  • @Detroit W 35 - 29
  • Green Bay L 37 - 30
  • @Las Vegas L 24 - 34
  • Tampa Bay W 23 - 34

Next Games

  • @Minnesota(11-30-14) L 13 - 31
  • Denver(11-11-12) L 36 - 14
  • @Green Bay(11-10-19) L 16 - 24
  • @Washington(10-14-18) L 17 - 23
  • New Orleans(12-29-19) L 42 - 10
  • @Denver(10-28-12) L 14 - 34
  • @Atlanta(11-28-19) W 26 - 18
  • @Philadelphia(10-11-15) L 17 - 39
  • Kansas City(08-09-13) W 13 - 17
  • Minnesota(01-05-20) L 26 - 20

Last Meetings

  • Panthers @ Saints 24-27
  • Saints @ Panthers 42-10
  • Panthers @ Saints 31-34
  • Panthers @ Saints 33-14
  • Saints @ Panthers 12-9
  • Panthers @ Saints 26-31
  • Panthers @ Saints 21-31
  • Saints @ Panthers 34-13
  • Saints @ Panthers 20-23
  • Panthers @ Saints 38-41

Last Injuries

New Orleans Saints

  • Dwayne Washington

    Back
    Prob Sun | probable

    Washington has sat out the past three games with a back injury, but it is likely that he will return to action against the Broncos on Sunday.

  • Andrus Peat

    Concussion
    Out Sun | out

    Peat left the previous game with a concussion, and he will not be cleared in time for Sunday's battle versus the Broncos.

  • Michael Thomas

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Thomas is hampered by an ankle injury, leaving his status against the Broncos on Sunday clouded.

  • Ty Montgomery

    Hamstring
    Out Sun | out

    Montgomery injured his hamstring, and he will not face the Broncos on Sunday.

  • Sheldon Rankins

    Knee
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Rankins has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recovering from MCL sprain. The team has three weeks to activate him.

  • Alvin Kamara

    Foot
    Prob Sun | probable

    Kamara is dealing with a foot injury, but it is anticipated that he will be active against the Broncos on Sunday.

  • Deonte Harris

    Stinger
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Harris has a stinger, and it remains to be seen if he will be active for Sunday's contest against the Broncos.

  • Josh Hill

    Concussion
    Prob Sun | probable

    Hill was held out of the previous game with a concussion, but it is expected that he will pass the league-mandated protocol in time for Sunday's clash against the Broncos.

Carolina Panthers

  • John Miller

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Miller was held out of the previous game with a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will line up for Sunday's contest versus the Vikings.

  • Tahir Whitehead

    Ribs
    Prob Sun | probable

    Whitehead sat out the previous game with a rib injury, but he is projected to face the Vikings on Sunday.

  • Russell Okung

    Calf
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Okung has sat out the past four games with a calf injury, and it is unclear if he will return for Sunday's tilt against the Vikings.

  • Dennis Daley

    Concussion
    Out Sun | out

    Daley left the previous game to be evaluated for a concussion, and he will not pass protocol in time for Sunday's matchup versus the Vikings.

  • Donte Jackson

    Toe
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Jackson was absent from the lineup during the previous game due to turf toe, and it is unlikely that he will play against the Vikings on Sunday.

  • Teddy Bridgewater

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Bridgewater sat out the previous game due to an MCL sprain in his right knee. It is expected that he will be available for Sunday's clash versus the Vikings.

  • Sam Franklin

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Franklin missed the last game due to an ankle injury, but it is expected that he will take on the Vikings on Sunday.

  • Christian McCaffrey

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | out

    McCaffrey is out of commission with an AC Joint injury in his shoulder, and a timetable for recovery has yet to be established.

Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another as the host New Orleans Saints held off the visiting Carolina Panthers 27-24 on Sunday afternoon.

Brees completed 29 of 36 passes for 287 yards as the Saints (4-2) won their third consecutive game, defeating their NFC South rivals who fell to 3-4.

Teddy Bridgewater, who backed up Brees the last two seasons before signing with the Panthers in the offseason, completed 23 of 28 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns.

Wil Lutz's 43-yard field goal with 7:59 remaining gave New Orleans a 27-24 lead.

Bridgewater, who helped lead the Saints to a 5-0 record while Brees was sidelined by a thumb injury last season, drove Carolina to the New Orleans 38. But he was sacked by Marcus Davenport on third down at the 47.

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule sent Joey Slye out to try what would have been an NFL-record 65-yard field goal, but Slye's kick fell just short and the Saints ran out the clock.

Lutz's 41-yard field goal gave the Saints a 24-17 lead midway through the third quarter.

Curtis Samuel's 5-yard touchdown run pulled the Panthers even at the end of the third quarter.

The Saints held the football for more than eight minutes on the game's first possession, driving to Brees' 4-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook on the 14th play of the drive.

Slye's 43-yard field goal on the ensuing possession cut the lead to 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Brees leaped 1 yard for a touchdown before Bridgewater threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Moore, trimming the lead to 14-10.

After a fumble by Brees, Bridgewater's 7-yard touchdown pass to Moore gave the Panthers their first lead at 17-14 with 1:44 left in the half.

Brees then drove the Saints 75 yards in the final minute and half, throwing a 4-yard touchdown to Deonte Harris with two seconds left in the quarter to take a 21-17 halftime lead.

The Saints allowed season ticket-holders into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the first time this season and the attendance was capped at 3,000.

--Field Level Media