The New Orleans Saints (0-1) will seek their first win of the season, opening up their NFC South slate when they travel to Charlotte to face the Carolina Panthers (0-1) on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.
Kickoff for the contest is at Noon (CDT). FOX will telecast the contest, while Sports USA provides national radio coverage.
Sunday marks the 35th meeting between the Saints and the Panthers with the series tied 17-17. Although New Orleans has won the last four meetings to tie the series, Carolina is on the verge of a breakthrough under the leadership of second year QB Cam Newton, the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and 2010 Heisman Trophy winner. The Saints will be the second straight NFC South opponent for the Panthers, who dropped their season opener on Sunday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 16-10, at Raymond James Stadium.
Aaron Kromer, the Saints’ Offensive Line Coach/ Running Game Coordinator, tasked with leading the team for the first six games of the regular season, provides a steady hand and plethora of experience in directing the Black-And-Gold in this important division matchup.
The Saints are coming off a dramatic 40-32 loss to the Washington Redskins in their 2012 season opener last Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. After falling behind 33-17 early in the fourth quarter, New Orleans re-
bounded and was only one touchdown and a two-point conversion from sending the game to overtime in a high-scoring contest.
Moore tied for the team lead in receiving and was the game’s leader in receiving yardage with six receptions for 120 yards, including a fourth quarter 33-yard scoring grab.
Defensively, the opener marked the Saints debut for four new starters in DT
Special teams was a strength on Sunday, as they helped close a 20-7 deficit near the end of the first half when DE