After watching Drew Brees and the Saints easily handle the Panthers 28-10 on the road, one thing is for certain: these two teams are trending in opposite directions.
New Orleans, after two straight wins, is back to .500 and in first place in the dismal NFC South. Momentum shifts fast in a 16-game season. In just the blink of an eye they’ve gone from an embarrassing disappointment to the all-out favorite to run away with their division.
Carolina, having dropped three in a row, is staring down the barrel of a losing campaign. Ranked 24th on offense in both yards (332.5) and points (20.9) it doesn’t seem like rookie wunderkind Kelvin Benjamin is providing enough firepower for Cam Newton to expect much more out of the offense moving forward.
And the Panthers’ vaunted D? They’re 21st in total yards (378.5) and give up 26.2 points per contest.
Ingram has been on a roll
Ingram’s 3.3 yards per carry against Carolina is nothing to write home about, but Mark Ingram hit the 100-yard mark for two straight games and punched in two 3-yard scores to lead the Saints to victory on Thursday Night Football.
Mark Ingram last 2 weeks: 51 rush, 256 yds, 3 TD. Stud. pic.twitter.com/RSmonEKn1O
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 31, 2014
Home sweet Dome
Now that the Saints have proven they can win on the road, it’s back to the Super Dome for three straight games in New Orleans against quality opponents.
To stay above .500 they’ll need to take two of three against the 49ers, Ravens and Bengals.