Saints See Similarities Between Seahawks and Panthers (Who Dat Dish)

 

 

Sep 8, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs as Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis (58) defends in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks defeated the Panthers 12-7 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The road for the New Orleans Saints does not get any easier after dropping their game with the Seattle Seahawks. Now the team must turn around and play the Carolina Panthers — a team many Saints players feel is identical to the team that defeated them on Monday Night Football. 

The numbers agree, too.

First, the numbers from ESPN’s Mike Triplett:

Even though Carolina’s Cam Newton (6-foot-5, 245 pounds) is much bigger than Seattle’s Russell Wilson (5-foot-11, 206) they pose a similar threat to run the ball — or to keep passing plays alive by scrambling outside of the pocket.

Their numbers are almost identical (Newton averages 218 passing yards and 37 rushing yards per game; Wilson 223 and 38).

Now for comments from the Saints defense:

“If you just write down on paper what it is that they do well, they are very similar,” Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “They can extend plays with their legs, they have a big arm and can throw downfield. They run the ball well as a team and they are very patient. That is what we just faced, and that is what we are going to face this week.

“They run the ball all day and then they hit these big, explosive plays down field. Or if something is not there, you have Cam Newton extending the play by getting out of the pocket, running or someone getting open late in the play and he makes the throw.”

Consider the game against the Seahawks a warmup, then. The Saints did a horrible job of taking care of Wilson, but it was a good test before two contests against the Panthers in three weeks.

Time will tell if the Saints can learn from mistakes and turn things around against elite opposition.

 

Like Who Dat Dish? Let us know on Twitter @whodatdish or  on Facebook.

Follow me on Twitter for more NFL news and analysis @Chris_Roling

Saints See Similarities Between Seahawks and PanthersWho Dat DishWho Dat Dish – A New Orleans Saints Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and more.



Click to read the original Saints article by Who Dat Dish

Related posts

New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings: Containing Cordarrelle Patterson (Who Dat Dish)

No win comes easy, and like New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan put it during Friday’s press conference, “The first win is the hardest one to get.”  Well, that’s certainly been the case through the first two weeks of the regular season, but luckily, the...

Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints: TV Info, Start Time, Live Stream and More (Who Dat Dish)

After trading some early scoring possessions, the Minnesota Vikings would only trail the Saints by one point (14-13) with 6:59 left to play in the second quarter during the 2011 matchup. The Saints would score before halftime, and rattle off 28 unanswered points to route the Vikings 42-20. Drew...

New Orleans Saints’ Opposition Intel: Minnesota Vikings (Who Dat Dish)

I recently teamed up with Adam Carlson, managing co-editor of The Viking Age, to exchange several questions around the upcoming matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings. I’ve done my best to pick his brain around a few things related to this Sunday’s matchup. You...