This week the Carolina Panthers travel to New Orleans in a divisional matchup against the Saints. The contrast in this game could not be more glaring.
The New Orleans Saints are a team on the rise and sure to contend for the NFL title. The Carolina Panthers are on the decline, a team that no NFL franchise is concerned about.
Here is a look at how the two square up statistically.
It is shocking to see the New Orleans Saints defense ranked so much higher than the Carolina Panthers. I never thought I would see a day the Panthers run defense would rank almost last in the league, but here we are.
Nearly every advantage on Sunday goes to the New Orleans Saints. Offense, defense, special teams, coaching, all go to the black and gold.
The only advantage the Panthers may have in this game is urgency. It is do or die time for the black cats of the Carolinas. They currently control their own playoff fate, but that won’t be the case with a loss to New Orleans. They are literally playing for their season on Sunday.