Panthers-Saints: What to watch
Panthers need Newton to offset Brees' prolific play
|Carolina at New Orleans|
|When: 1:00 PM ET|
After watching film of both teams, Scouts Inc. breaks down key elements of the Week 17 Panthers-Saints matchup.
• Convert third-down opportunities: The Saints are like a fast-break basketball team in that they score a lot of points in order to win games because their defense is statistically the worst in the NFL. Carolina lacks the same kind of offensive prowess and needs to sustain drives and produce points on as many possessions as possible. Look for a lot of option reads mixed in with a high-percentage passing attack in third-down situations for Carolina. Cam Newton needs to convert on at least 45-50 percent of his third-down opportunities for the Panthers to have a chance.
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