From the New Orleans Saints media:
Carolina will play host to the New Orleans Saints for a Week 2 matchup at Bank of America Stadium.
The Panthers are coming off a season opening victory against the New York Jets by a score of 19-14. It marked the first Week 1 win for Carolina since 2018. Carolina has not started a season 2-0 since 2017.
New Orleans won its Week 1 matchup with the Green Bay Packers in a home game played in Jacksonville, Fla. The Saints defeated the Packers 38-3.
This week will mark the first NFC South divisional matchup for either team. The clubs will meet again in Week 17 at New Orleans. The Saints have won each of the last four games between the divisional foes
In Week 1, QB Sam Darnold made his Carolina debut and recorded 279 passing yards and 1 touchdown, while completing 24-of-35 attempts. RB Christian McCaffrey returned to the lineup for the first time since Week 9 of 2020. He racked up 187 yards from scrimmage (98 rushing, 89 receiving) and led the team with 9 receptions. Carolina’s defense tallied 6 sacks against the Jets. Six different Panthers players contributed to the team’s sack total. The defense added 8 passes defensed and allowed just 2.65 yards per rush.
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