Both the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers need a win desperately to stop their seasons from spiraling out of control. The Panthers will have Cam Newton back and hopefully he can inject some life into an offense that has been very much stagnant for a majority of the season. There’s no doubt that if the Panthers lose this game, they’re basically kissing their playoff hopes goodbye. It would give the Atlanta Falcons an open highway to the division title.

On the opposite side, the Saints are in the same position. Drew Brees definitely needs to help out this offense for the Saints to get back on track. Both defenses will be a major key in this game as well. The Panthers corners really need to focus and step up because if they’re not careful, Brees is going to burn them with targets like Coby Fleener and Willie Snead IV. Also, it could be interesting to see whether the Saints are going to let Newton run. He suffered his concussion on a running play. Will the Panthers even let him scramble? We shall see.

How To Watch

  • What: Carolina Panthers (1-4) vs. New Orleans Saints (1-3)
  • When: Sunday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m. ET
  • Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, L.A.
  • TV: FOX
  • Streaming: Verizon NFL Mobile App
  • Sunday Ticket: DirecTV
  • Online: Fox Sports Go (in local areas), NFL Game Pass (at midnight)
  • Odds: Panthers (-6.5), O/U (TBD)

Injury Report

Panthers
  • CB James Bradberry (foot) — Out
  • DT Vernon Butler (ankle) — Out
  • CB Robert McClain (hamstring) — Out
  • OT Michael Oher (concussion) — Out
  • DT Paul Soliai (foot) — Out
  • WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) — Questionable
  • DE Charles Johnson (quad) — Questionable
  • QB Cam Newton (concussion) — Questionable
  • RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) — Questionable
Saints
  • OT Terron Armstead (knee) — Out
  • CB Delvin Breaux (fibula) — Out
  • LB Dannell Ellerbe(quad) — Out
  • DE Paul Kruger (back) — Questionable
  • TE Josh Hill (ankle) — Questionable
  • OG Senio Kelemete (hamstring) — Questionable
  • LB James Laurinaitis (quad) — Questionable

Prediction

This is a must-win game. The Panthers will finally snap out of their funk and start to turn their season around with a win Sunday. Panthers 24, Saints 10.

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Posted by Ryan Gaydos

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the LA Sports Pulse. When I'm not doing that or asleep, I am running FoxNews.com's homepage. Follow me on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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