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New Orleans Saints Opponent Preview: Carolina Panthers

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What did the New Orleans Saints Week 3 & 13 opponent, the Carolina Panthers, do this offseason?

New Orleans Saints v Carolina Panthers Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

We begin a series of articles previewing the Saints regular season opponents, now with the Carolina Panthers.

Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Week 3: at the Carolina Panthers, &

Week 13: vs the Carolina Panthers

Our friends over at Cat Scratch Reader contributed this piece, listing all of the biggest additions/subtractions from the Panthers this offseason:

Notable free agent additions:

DE Julius Peppers, CB Captain Munnerlyn, OT Matt Kalil, S Mike Adams

Notable free agent departures:

WR Ted Ginn, OT Mike Remmers, FB Mike Tolbert, DT Paul Soliai, LB AJ Klein

Trades:

None

Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies:

RB Christian McCaffrey, WR Curtis Samuel, OT Taylor Moton, DE Daeshon Hall.

While the Panthers continue to say veteran RB Jonathan Stewart will get the bulk of the work I think they will have a hard time not putting the ball in McCaffrey’s hands. I think he’s going to be electric as a rookie.

Biggest offseason addition:

DE Julius Peppers - The Panthers all time sack leader returns home. So far the fans have welcomed him home with open arms.

Biggest storyline heading into training camp:

QB Cam Newton’s continued recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. He is expected to be ready for training camp but had only begin throwing recently.

Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp:

LB Shaq Thompson looks ready for a breakout season as the third All Pro LB in the Panthers starting line up.

Notable injuries heading into training camp:

None beyond Newton’s rotator cuff.

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The Saints play 2015’s NFC South division Champion Panthers early in the season and then again near the season’s wrap-up. Divisional games are always hard, especially on the road, and the Panthers offense looks even scarier with the addition of Christian McCaffrey in the backfield.

So what says you, you unbiased Saints fans? Do the Saints sweep the series? Do the Saints get swept? Or is a series split the most likely outcome?

Poll

How will the Saints fare in their season series against the Panthers?

This poll is closed

  • 62%
    Win both
    (624 votes)
  • 24%
    Lose both
    (247 votes)
  • 1%
    Win on the road in Week 3, but lose at home in Week 13
    (15 votes)
  • 11%
    Lose on the road in Week 3, but win at home in Week 13
    (112 votes)
998 votes total Vote Now