This past Thursday night, the 30th of Oct. 2014, was the start of Week 9 of the NFL season. The New Orleans Saints now 4-4 (1st NFC South) played the Carolina Panthers now 3-5 (2nd NFC South) at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC, in a game that was televised on NFL TV. Let’s recap the Saints win over the Panthers.
The Saints won the game 28-10 and put an end to the losing streak of 7 games on the road. The Saints have a very potent offense with QB Brees, but now with RB Ingram with big rushing games, the Saints may just storm away from all the other teams in the NFC South.
Once again, the statistics of the game paint a pretty clear picture as to the score, since the Panthers had 15 first downs on 55 total plays for 231 yards, with 122 yards passing and 109 rushing with 2 turnovers. On the other side the winning Saints had 27 first downs on 75 plays for 375 yards, with 270 passing and 105 rushing, also with 2 turnovers.
Leading the offense for the Panthers was QB Newton, who completed 10 of his 28 passes for 151 yards with 1 interception. RB’s Stewart & Newton, who combined for 15 carries for 89 yards with Newton scoring 1 TD. Receivers Cotchery & Williams, who combined had 3 receptions, for a combined 89 yards.
For the Saints their offensive leaders were QB Brees who completed 24 of 34 passes for 297 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception. RB’s Ingram & Brees who had 34 carries combined to 102 yards with Ingram scoring 2 touchdowns and Brees scoring 1 TD. Receivers Graham & Stills who had 12 combined receptions for 155 yards with Graham scoring 1 TD.
In this game the Saints ran the ball very well, with excellent passing, and the defense played exceptional has they held their opponent scoreless for the 1st half of the game. The defense of the Saints also sacked Panther QB Newton 4 times and forced 2 turnovers and limited QB Newton to just 151 yards passing in the game, which may be due to the fact that he was without three offensive starting linemen in the game, LT Bell, and RB Silatolu and LG Turner.
On the Panthers side, their QB Newton did not have a good game with only 10 pass completions, it was his fewest completions in his career and the 36% completion rate was his career low. In the game he also overthrew his receivers on nine different occasions. He was also 1 of 7 for 47 yards on passes that were for more than 15 yards, and as it turns out that’s his fewest completions in a game this 2014.
For those of you who bet on NFL football at an offshore sportsbook, the Panthers now 3-5 next week play at the Philadelphia now Eagles 5-2 (2nd NFC East) who on Sunday, Nov.2 are playing the Houston Texans now 4-4. The Panthers and Eagles game will be on Sunday the 10th of Nov. at 8:30 PM ET at the Lincoln Financial Field and on ESPN TV. The New Orleans Saints now 4-4 play their next game at home against the San Francisco 49ers now 4-3 (2nd NFC West) who on Sunday Nov. 2 played the St. Louis Rams now 2-5 (4th NFC West). The Saints and 49ers game will be played at 1 PM ET at the Mercedes Benz Superdome and on Fox TV.