LOCATION: Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, LA
BETTING LINE: Saints (+3.5)
FINAL LINE SCORE
|New Orleans Saints|
|Avg. Yards Per Play||7.4|
24/47 322 Yards 2 TD 1 INT
19 Rushes 85 Yards 2 TD
9 Rec. 94 Yards
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
6 Total Tackles 1 Int.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
2 FGM / 3 FGA (52, 33)
There are many Saints that are deserving of player of the game including Brandin Cooks, Drew Brees, or even Craig Robertson but rookie kicker Wil Lutz stepped onto the turf with :16 seconds to attempt a 52 yard field goal in the Superdome; what makes him the player of the game is that he drilled it right down the middle with :11 seconds remaining on the clock to give the Saints their second victory of the season and their first in the NFC south. Wil Lutz, an undrafted free agent, was picked up by the Saints towards the end of training camp and has only attempted 8 field goals in his NFL career, undoubtedly attempting his hardest in week six. This was a must win game for the Saints coming off of a bye week and got it done at home behind the leg of their kicker.
New Orleans Saints
|Avg. Yards Per Play||7.4|
34/49 465 Yards 4 TDs 1 Int.
16 Rush 51 Yards
7 Rec. 173 Yards 1 TD
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
12 Total Tackles 4 Solo 1 Fumble Recovery
Carolina Panthers Key Position Ratings
Greg Olsen once again led the Panthers in receiving yards (94) and was Cam Newton’s outlet for most of the game. He has taken hold of the title “Tight End Elite” after his campaign last year and is adding to his resume in 2016. Look for Olsen to remain a focus for the Panthers’ offense.
DEFENSIVE LINE: 5/10
The Panthers were humbled for the majority of the game and only generated one sack against Drew Brees and the Saints offense. Brees torched the Panthers’ defense and was largely in part due to a weak pass rush. Carolina must find their 2015 form upfront if they hope to find success later this season.
It is always a tough task to matchup against Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense. Although Brees eclipsed 450 yards passing, the Panthers’ defense, as a whole, struggled. They did manage to generate one turnover thanks to an interception by Terry Williams at the beginning of the fourth. They still have many questions to answer looking forward but had some bright spots to build off of.
The Panthers traveled to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to take on the New Orleans Saints, coming off of a bye. Both teams were in dire need of a win and showed it as they took the field. After dropping 21 straight, the Panthers battled back in shootout fashion to tie the game at 38 late in the fourth quarter. The comeback story was spoiled as Wil Lutz teed up and put the ball through the uprights from 52 yards out with 11 seconds remaining.
The Carolina Panthers came off of a short week but had two key starters returning to the lineup in week six (Cam Newton & Jonathan Stewart). After starting out slow, the Panthers steamed back in the second half thanks to a stellar performance from Carolina’s run game. Carolina’s defense however was in shambles as New Orleans put 41 on them. Giving up 465 yards through the air, Brees was nearly unstoppable and willed a win away from Carolina. On a day that seemed like nothing was going right for the Panthers, they were in it till the end.
On the opposite sideline, Sean Payton must be proud of his young roster for gutting out a late fourth quarter win. Behind the arm of Drew Brees and the leg of Wil Lutz, the Saints offense managed to generate 41 against a “good” Panthers defense and received their first win of the season in the NFC. Although the Saints sit at 2-3, they have momentum headed to Kansas City in week seven and look to build off of their newfound success.
Play(s) of the Game:
- 8 yard touchdown catch by Josh Hill (4th quarter)
- 52 yard field goal by Wil Lutz (Game – winner)
New Orleans Saints Key Position Ratings
OFFENSIVE LINE: 8/10
The Saints’ offensive line looked as it should coming out of the bye week. Only allowing one sack and five hurries, Drew Brees had an immaculate day behind center, throwing four touchdowns and 465 yards. Although the Saints had a rough day rushing the ball, they found a way to generate 41 points on offense and win at home.
When facing an MVP caliber quarterback mistakes will be made but New Orleans’ secondary disrupted many of Newton’s throws and forced him into one interception in the second quarter that ultimately stole a possible Carolina touchdown. The Saints showed tenacity and held their ground with a injuries at both corners.
Sean Payton did an excellent job preparing his team during the bye week. The offense was firing on all cylinders and Drew Brees was “en fuego” in the Superdome. The defense still had struggles but remained aggressive throughout. The Saints’ coaching staff must carry over their confidence against a tough Chiefs team next week.