Both the Panthers and Saints debuted new quarterbacks in the NFC South to start the 2023 season. And both Bryce Young, this year’s No. 1 overall pick; and Derek Carr, New Orleans’ biggest veteran acquisition, had their fair share of highs and lows. Now, the two will meet in prime time looking to take a step forward, kicking off a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader to close Week 2.
The Saints have had much more late-season success of late, advancing to the playoffs in four of their last six years. But it’s the Panthers, who haven’t tasted January football in six years, who have the recent edge in the divisional series, winning three of the last four matchups between the rivals. Granted, that was before either Carr or Young came to town. The former rebounded from a slow start against the Titans in Week 1, while Young threw two picks in a sluggish debut against the Falcons.
Who’s poised to seize the Monday night lights? How can you tune in? Here’s everything you need to know:
How to watch
When: Monday, Sept. 18 | 7:15 p.m. ETLocation: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, North Carolina)TV: ESPN | Stream: fuboOdds: Saints -3; O/U 39.5 (via SportsLine consensus odds)
Keys to the game
Who can stop the Saints’ downfield attack? Michael Thomas is still on the field, but more importantly, Carr has both Chris Olave and Rashid Shaheed (201 combined yards) as big-play targets. Carolina, meanwhile, will be without top cover man Jaycee Horn for multiple weeks after he went down with a hamstring injury. That’s a lot of pressure on C.J. Henderson.Can the Panthers protect Bryce Young? The rookie QB will be up against one of the NFL’s best front sevens, headlined by rangy linebacker Demario Davis and longtime edge rusher Cameron Jordan. Right tackle Taylor Moton is battling through a biceps injury, and while the Panthers’ front allowed just two sacks in Week 1, Young struggled to complete even 55% of his throws while working to…
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Author : Cody Benjamin
Publish date : 2023-09-18 12:36:55
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