Cam Newton rolled up to his weekly press conference, brow furrowed, and spoke of added focus.
The Carolina Panthers were briefly without their franchise quarterback on Sunday night.
Newton's words seem to hold added meaning given his struggles in recent weeks, and it's worth wondering if the Panthers can win if he doesn't play better.
The Saints may need to guard against overthinking things, too. "We simply can't afford to have bad ones. Cause when we have all three phases going, we're hard to stop". Both rushed for more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage with Kamara perhaps the most electric of the two. The former Ohio State Buckeye will get to match talents with former MI wide receiver Devin Funchess, who leads the Panthers with 63 catches for 840 yards and eight touchdowns.
Newton's 56-yard touchdown pass to Christian McCaffrey cut the Saints lead to 31-26 with just over four minutes to play.
He often takes on as much as he can, but it's a delicate balance, and he'll nearly surely need more from his supporting cast to beat the Saints in the Superdome.
Sunday's meeting between the Saints and the Panthers was the 21st since the 1970 merger that a team faced a divisional opponent in the playoffs that it had swept in the regular season, according to an ESPN report that cited the Elias Sports Bureau. Cam Newton drove the Panthers down the field but was sacked on fourth down before he could throw the ball in the end zone.
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Newton missed a play, the Panthers punted, and then Newton returned on the team's next possession. The Saints rebounded with a 31-21 win at home over - surprise! - the Carolina Panthers.
"That's my edge", Newton said. Had the Vikings had to play this weekend, Rudolph said, "I can't tell you what Plan B would have been". "I'm comfortable running the football". I feel like I help the team when I run the football.
"I don't think that is overplayed". But he's struggled noticeably through the air, throwing six TD passes but also five interceptions.
Cam Newton did not play well in two losses to the Saints this season.
"He plays with a lot of juice", Newton said.
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But the Panthers will get their own boost.
Defensively, Luke Kuechly and company must limit the New Orleans' ground attack. The biggest difference for the Saints was rookie running back Alvin Kamara. "That's the emphasis that we have every week". "We have to figure out what went well and improve on that and what went wrong and correct that".