Wilks brought several blitzes at Brees, who did a good job of defeating them by flipping the ball to his running backs before the rush reached him. Red zone issues have been a big deal for the Panthers, despite their 2-0 start.
WHO WOULD'VE THOUGHT?: So the Saints can play defense. They were the team's first forced turnovers this season.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam called the president's remarks "misguided, uninformed and divisive", and Saints coach Sean Payton went so far as to question Trump's "wisdom". His arrow should continue trending upward next week against the Miami Dolphins. Plus, they get receiver Willie Snead back from his three-game suspension for an extra boost.
"We'll see, we'll see", said one man.
Newton believes that will change, that "big things are ahead for us". "We didn't have enough answers today". "Obviously, there is that sense of urgency". I think we need a little bit more wisdom in that office. The first drive was good. But I am saying they need to make Newton feel Carolina blue - within the National Football League rules, of course - when he's in or outside the pocket.
Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes in the first 9 ½ minutes against what used to be his hometown team, Terrance Mitchell had two interceptions and rookie Kareem Hunt scored on a 69-yard run to seal the Kansas City Chiefs' 24-10 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. That concluded a seven-play, 83-yard drive.
Meanwhile, Vaccaro came up with a huge response to being benched last week. Much of the mobile quarterback's play revolved around bad reads and missing open receivers, both of which happened on two of Newton's interceptions. We have to play a better complementary game - offensively, defensively and also on special teams.
Last week they rejuvenated Tom Brady by allowing him to complete 30 of 39 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns.
Michael Thomas led all Saints receivers with 87 yards on 7 receptions for 1 TD. P.J. Williams, pick. Suddenly the first two weeks seemed like five years ago and all those fun hopes and dreams of August were back. First, make your peace with the Saints rookies being great one moment and seemingly hopeless the very next play.
Brees threw an 11 yard touchdown pass to Brandon Coleman, Wil Lutz kicked a 33 yard field goal, and early in the third quarter, Brees threw a 40 yard touchdown pass to ex Panther Ted Ginn, Jr. Mark Ingram led the Saints with 8 carries for 52 yards, while Adrian Peterson halved that output, going for 26 yards with his 8 carries. We're improving a lot. "You better forget about the record, you better forget the statistics, you've just got to come out and respect your opponent".