Newton limited in practice; expected to start in game vs. Saints

His team is 2-1, but his fan base is concerned.

New England's defense has shown some serious vulnerability this season. They sure did against the Panthers.

New Orleans, La. - Our organization takes great pride in equality and inclusion and find the comments by the President disappointing and inappropriate relative to our players on this issue. Fortunately, the defense has carried the offense, which has struggled - the unit managed just three field goals in their 9-6 win at Buffalo in Week 2.

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was intercepted three times, and he didn't play after the third pickoff late in the game.

A few minutes before Brees took the podium, Saints coach Sean Payton applauded members of his team for standing up for what they believed in.

Newton is still showing signs of rust in the passing game, and now will have to rely on his arm more than ever without tight end Greg Olsen (out with broken foot) behind an offensive line without their leader in Ryan Kalil (neck injury).

By comparison, the Panthers led the National Football League in scoring (31.3 ppg) in 2015 en route to a 15-1 regular-season record and a berth in Super Bowl 50. Coach Todd Bowles said Forte, who finished with 25 yards on eight carries, would have X-rays. Newton had his worst game in recent memory with the former NFL MVP throwing three interceptions and no touchdowns in the loss. And I'm going to do whatever I gotta do to make sure she can look at her dad and be like, "Hey, we did something, we tried to make a change.' You feel me?" And the linebackers didn't help much in coverage, either - Luke Kuechly dropped an interception thrown right into his hands.

Facing a fourth-and-5 at New Orleans 35 and down 24-6, Rivera inexplicably chose to punt the ball.

"Obviously you've seen the weeks prior and he's had some errant throws, but you've gotta remember two years ago Cam's the MVP".

Wilks brought several blitzes at Brees, who did a good job of defeating them by flipping the ball to his running backs before the rush reached him. But this decision correctly drew a cavalcade of boos - and a punt by Michael Palardy straight into the end zone that seemed like karma.

The Saints had their way with the NFL's top-ranked defense, running up 362 yards in a 34-13 win that evoked memories of Brees' big day against an overmatched Panthers defense last season in New Orleans. That puts the onus on Carolina's talented by inconsistent receivers, like Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess and rookie Curtis Samuel, to start being a factor all game long instead of in sporadic bursts.

  • Julie Sanders