It's been another interesting week for the New Orleans Saints, to say the least. They're going to be down some players and coaches, but still have an important Week 2 meeting with the Carolina Panthers on their hands. Here's how to follow all of the action today, as well as some useful information ahead of kickoff.
All-Time Series: Saints lead the regular season series 27-25 and have won the past four matchups. They also have a playoff victory against the Panthers from the 2017 season.
Where to Watch: FOX (12:00 p.m. CT), Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jennifer Hale (field reporter)
Where to Stream: Fubo, NFL Mobile, Saints App, Fox Sports GO, Yahoo Sports App
Where to Listen: WWL Radio locally (105.3FM) with Mike Hoss, Deuce McAllister, and Steve Geller (sideline reporter); SIRIUS: 85 (NO), 77 (CAR) | XM: 383 (NO), 228 (CAR) | SXM App: 822 (NO), 804 (CAR)
Referee: Ronald Torbert
Current Lines: Saints -3 (O/U at 44.5)
Jersey Combo: Black Jerseys, Gold Pants
Last 5 Matchups
- 1/3/21 - Saints 33, Panthers 7
- 10/25/20 - Saints 27, Panthers 24
- 12/29/19 - Saints 42, Panthers 10
- 11/24/19 - Saints 34, Panthers 31
- 12/30/18 - Panthers 33, Saints 14
Broadcast Map (via 506sports): Check your local listings, but Saints-Panthers are projected in orange.
The biggest storyline is the lack of availability in the coaching department due to COVID-19. The team was already down seven offensive assistants, but we learned on Saturday that they'll also be down Ryan Nielsen and Bryan Young. Needless to say, Sean Payton's approach to this game will be interesting.
Marshon Lattimore (thumb surgery) is expected to be a game-time decision. We'll get an early glimpse of him on the field in pre-game. If he's unable to go, look for Desmond Trufant or the recently acquired Bradley Roby to step in. Lattimore was questionable entering Sunday, as well as Tanoh Kpassagnon (calf), C.J. Gardner-Johnson (knee), and P.J. Williams (back).
Sticking with the Saints defense, with Kwon Alexander and Marcus Davenport being placed on IR, we should see Zack Baun alongside Demario Davis and Payton Turner making his 2021 debut. What to keep an eye on is whether or not New Orleans rolls with more 4-3 base looks in this game to help contain Christian McCaffrey.
Calvin Throckmorton is set to make his first official start for the Saints at right guard, as Erik McCoy's injury will throw Cesar Ruiz at center. Terron Armstead said the other day that he's super confident in 'Throck'. "You see that jump from year one to two that you love to see from a young player. Extremely smart guy, extremely technical. Strong. Probably the heaviest body on the offensive line."
The Saints will not return to New Orleans until after the game against the New England, according to Sean Payton. The team is expected to fly out a little earlier for their Week 3 game against the Patriots, and should be back on Airline Drive in Metairie in preparation for their first real home game against the Giants in Week 4.
Saints-Panthers Coverage From the Week
- Saints DE Davenport and LB Alexander Placed on Injured Reserve; Signed Players to Active Roster
- Final Injury Report for Week 2
- Saints Run Defense vs. Panthers Rushing Attack
- Saints Passing Offense vs. Panthers Pass Defense
- Saints Rushing Attack vs. Panthers Run Defense
- Saints Saturday Roster Moves and Coaching Changes in Week 2
- First Look: Saints vs. Panthers
- WR Kenny Stills Returns to the Saints