The Panthers have won a couple of hard fought game over opponents they should have destroyed, while the Saints have looked like a North Korea missile test, just immediately imploding without lifting off from the launch pad. In his past three vs. Carolina, he has 1,032 passing yards (344 per game), nine TDs and three INTs (104.3 rating). He also had three receptions for five yards. And on Sunday during the third game of the National Football League season for his new team, the New Orleans Saints, Kamara finally did just that.
Cam Newton completed 17-of-26 passes for 167 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions in the Panthers' Week 3 loss to the Saints. The Panthers will have to slow New Orleans down by tackling and not letting their receivers make any big plays downfield.
And in the third quarter, two-time former Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Brees, making it 24-6.
Sunday's game was the start of a three-game stretch vs. high-powered offense for the Panthers.
As far as the Carolina Panthers are concerned, this should be low hanging fruit in their offensive game plan.
Players kneel, lock arms during first National Football League game since Trump slammed players
And the players on both sidelines who didn't kneel showed their solidarity for teammates by standing together with arms locked. The NFL Players' Association said the president had crossed a line by effectively telling players to just "shut up and play".
Truth be told, Newton is not himself entering Week 3, almost six months after undergoing surgery to fix a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder.
NO DOUBTING THOMAS: Carolina had no answer early on for Thomas, who caught five passes for 50 yards and a touchdown on the Saints' opening drive. Olsen's streak of playing in 160 straight games came to an end due to a broken foot. Adrian Peterson, Mark Ingram and Cameron Jordan were among 10 players who sat down while four others stood with a hand on the sitting players. Lutz missed a 56-yarder that could have put the game away with 8:57 to play, but the Panthers couldn't take advantage. After struggling on both sides of the ball in their first two games, the Saints (1-2) finally managed to play a strong full-team game and were in control for the majority of the afternoon.
Saints: DT David Perry, added to the 53-man roster this week, left with a left leg injury in the first half.
The Saints revamped their defense in the offseason in hopes of improvement, but it's an understatement to say that hasn't happened. Next up: New England and Detroit.