Saints pick up first road victory of year 28-10 over Panthers

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After a sloppy first half that featured multiple turnovers by both teams, the New Orleans Saints kicked the offense into gear and cruised to a 28-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers for their first road win of the season.

Mark Ingram rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns and Drew Brees added two touchdowns of his own – one passing and one rushing – to lead the Saints into the lead into the NFC south. Ingram is the first New Orleans running back to rush for 100 yards in consecutive games since Deuce McAllister in 2006.

The Saints had lost their first four games away from the Superdome this season and won all three games played at home prior to Thursday night. Now the Saints get four of their five games at home and appear primed to take control of the division after a slow start to the season.

Brees was intercepted by Dwan Edwards on the Saints opening possession and fumbled away the ball on their second drive of the game. However, the Panthers offense could not capitalize on the turnovers. After a Cam Newton fumble, New Orleans responded with touchdowns on four of five possessions to put the game out of reach.

Newton was sacked and fumbled to give the Saints the ball at the Panthers 5-yard line. Ingram punched in the ball from three yards out to give the Saints the lead.

The Saints followed with a lightning quick 10-play, 85-yard drive before halftime that culminated in a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham to take a 14-0 lead into the locker room.

Newton scrambled for a 10-yard touchdown run cap a 10-play, 81-yard drive for the Panthers first points of the night.

Newton dumped a pass to DeAngelo Williams that Wiliams turned into a 30-yard gain to open the drive. After a potential touchdown pass was dropped by Kelvin Benjamin in the end zone, Newton pirouetted away from pressure and escaped the pocket to his left. Newton dived for the goal line and managed to get the ball to cross over the line for the touchdown.

Newton had a poor night passing. He completed just 10 of 28 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown.

New Orleans answered right back with Brees quickly sneaking the ball over the goal line to extend the Saints lead to 21-7. After a Graham Gano field goal for Carolina, Ingram added his second 3-yard scoring effort of the night to put the game away.

33 responses to “Saints pick up first road victory of year 28-10 over Panthers

  1. I blame the loss 100% on Cam Newton. 35% completion rate vs. the Saints at home, when Saints have 26th ranked pass defense, in good weather? I saw high throws, laser throws from a few feet away, bad touch on lob throws, poor pocket awareness…

  2. When will this Cam experiment end? I am a Panthers fan, but this dude has had 4 years to grow and he has yet to get better. He still can’t read defenses, put touch on the ball, still overthrows, still has zero pocket awareness, and most importantly, still is not a leader. I’m sick of it. People are right, Cam is the most overrated QB in the NFL. I have backed this man for 4 years and enough is enough. Take your superman, arrogant tail somewhere else so they can overpay for you next year. Let this experiment end so we can get a real QB who can accurately throw passes. Fire this whole pathetic coaching staff while you are at it.

  3. Look out by the Saints are on a roll with 3 home games next. So much for the sky is falling talk from the haters.

  4. What do you do with Cam Newton? He’s too good to cut, not good enough to win football games. Trade him to the Jets?

  5. Last year was a fraud. Cam is regressing. Besides his accuracy being horrible (which was the question coming out of college), his attitude is mediocre.

  6. Big win for the Saints. They needed that one very badly. Now take care of business and win the next games at home. Put some distance between you and the rest of the NFC South.

    The #1 or #2 seed is probably close to being out of the question now, barring a run of 8-0 or 7-1 the rest of the way, so just win the division and take care of business.

  7. Panther looked like they might be legit early, but seems like they are fading early. Their next game is against Philly, who should have Kelce, Mathis, and Sproles all back. That’s going to be a tough matchup, on the road. They could be in trouble if their O-Line doesn’t get healthy in a hurry

  8. Ingram really looks good. Don’t know how much weight he’s lost since last season, but he seems much quicker. Saints with a legitimate running threat are going to be a tough out the playoffs.

  9. I like the Saints.

    Win… Yes.
    Resounding… No.

    I don’t recall seeing Brees take… and I do mean TAKE… so many sacks. He had protection and still sat in the pocket until there was no where to go. Seemed strange and lost the ball several times. That game could have easily gone the other way.

    Cam Newton – learn some touch… holy smokes. You can fire missiles in the area of your receivers and expect different results. No chance to react or respond.

  10. As a fan of neither team (and someone who picked the Saints to win), I have to say that the officials are responsible for probably two Saints touchdowns. They were all over the Panthers, and totally blew the Newton fumble call (there was no clear recovery by the Saints and it appeared Newton had the ball..how could it be “confirmed” on replay?).

  11. Saints did well, D stepped up, offense was a bit off.

    But a win is a win is a win. And any fan of any team will take a win no matter how they get it.

    Four of the next five are at home and we play the Bucs on the road (where we beat them last year).

    I easily see the Saints going 11-5 or 12-4 and winning the NFC South and getting a home game, where we are undefeated.

    Hey, Giants win 8-8 the year they won the Superbowl, we can do it too!

  12. Too many drops by Panther receivers. Too many high passes. Too much pass interference by N.O. that was overlooked.

  13. thisguy124 says:
    Oct 31, 2014 12:34 AM
    When will this Cam experiment end? I am a Panthers fan, but this dude has had 4 years to grow and he has yet to get better. He still can’t read defenses, put touch on the ball, still overthrows, still has zero pocket awareness, and most importantly, still is not a leader.
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    Another example of a very good college QB who can’t make the transition to the NFL as he doesn’t have the proper mental abilities.

    Trade him to the Yets so they can have something to fantasize over.

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