I was listening to Pat Kirwin talk about the game this weekend and he said the Panthers don't have to change what they did on offense even though they scored only 13 points. He said our first and second drives lasted for 22 plays combined which meant they weren't stopping us. We stopped ourselves and settled for field goals. On the third drive we run the ball for 15 yards and then start throwing and get stopped. He said we need to run the ball and control the clock and we should be fine.
On defense we have to stop trying so hard to jam the receiver that we don't play good defense afterwards. We need to pressure Brees and keep things in front of us. They are going to score points but you beat them by limiting their opportunities and slowing them down so that they have to earn everything. Take away everything deep and make them throw in front of us and stop the YAC. Make them settle for field goals and we should win the game.
In all honesty, the Offense troubles were in the redzone, just like last Sunday's game. Had the fieldgoals against the Saints been tds and the defense secondary weren't so laxed, and stopped Drew from throwing to whichever receiver of choice, the Panthers could have easily won that. Fix those small problems and Sunday's game can be the Panthers to win.
This team is very close to being a very strong contending team but they have isses they seriously need to handle before they get exposed. Remember the media isn't going to sit and disect this team and point out the weakness like they do with the more preferred teams. it up to the Panthers to not believe that there isn't anything wrong with their team simply because no one is making a big deal. They need to recognize their problems and fix them. Learn from the Houston Texans mistakes.
Also, judging from the Saints last two losses, getting to Drew early is the name of the game. Get him out of the out of his comfort zone means getting him out of the pocket and getting in his face.