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"We're looking at it like, we've got to get these guys this week"
By John DeShazier - Senior Writer | New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints defense isn't judging the book by its cover.
It can't afford to.
While the Carolina Panthers are 1-11 entering Sunday's game against the Saints (5-7) in the Caesars Superdome, with a struggling offense and a rookie quarterback (No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young) who has been sacked 44 times while completing 61 percent of his passes for 2,055 yards and nine touchdowns, with nine interceptions, the Saints defense is one that has had first-half struggles for seven consecutive games, five of which have concluded in defeat.
New Orleans beat Carolina 20-17 at Bank of America Stadium in the second game of the season on Sept. 18, and sacked Young four times in the game while limiting the Panthers to 139 net passing yards.
But the rookie ran for 34 yards on two carries and kept alive several plays with his mobility.
Since that game, Carolina's head coach, offensive coordinator and running backs coach were dismissed. Special team coach Chris Tabor is the interim coach; the Panthers were beaten 21-18 by Tampa Bay in his debut last Sunday. ...
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