New Orleans Saints: 6 “X-Factors” That Can Help Beat the Panthers

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Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) is pressured by New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (rear) and defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) and defensive end Akiem Hicks (76) during the first quarter of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports


Carolina has a look of a desperate team, and Cam Newton has been known for meltdowns when things don’t go well.

It will be VITAL for New Orleans to get off to a strong start to make their rivals feel more pressured, perhaps causing them to unravel, as well as strengthening the confidence of New Orleans players.

If the Saints get Carolina “on the ropes”, then they need to go for the kill-shot — and not allow them to hang around to make a comeback only to leave New Orleans with another last-minute, heart-breaking loss.