The Panthers enter this game winless after another painful loss, this time to the New York Giants. While the defense held Saquon Barkely to 72 yards and sacked Daniel Jones three times, the offense was stale. Baker Mayfield completed 14 of his 29 throws for 145 yards and a touchdown, and the Panthers offense only converted two of 12 third-downs. For this team to go anywhere, Mayfield is going to need to produce.
The New Orleans Saints are 1-1 after a 20-10 defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2. Jameis Winston threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter and that was all she wrote. Winston continues to go for the big play rather than short, easy routes and as he goes so goes the Saints. Hopefully this weekend one of these quarterbacks can produce for a full four quarters.
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They rank No. 5 in blitz rate this season (37%) and record pressure at a 27% rate.
Mayfield has been blitzed and pressured a ton in his first two games with the Panthers.
Now, he’s playing at home against a team with the No. 32 pressure rate and the No. 30 blitz rate?
This certainly isn’t an easy defense to go up against, but there is a road to envision Mayfield can perform slightly better without pressure. And if he does not and struggles once again, the Panthers will host the No. 31 ranked Cardinals defense next week in what should be his final chance to either deliver for the Panthers or probably cost Matt Rhule his job because the next three games will include the Bucs, Rams and 49ers.
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