The New Orleans Saints will visit the Carolina Panthers in Week 3, while hosting their division rival in Week 18. In 2021, New Orleans and Carolina split the season series with each team winning its home games. The Panthers struggled for the rest of the season, though, and they ultimately finished 5-12, earning them last place in the division.
2021 season recap:
The Panthers finished with five wins for the third year in a row in 2021, placing them at the bottom of the NFC South. After adding Sam Darnold last season, the Panthers may be sending a signal that they're ready for a change by drafting Matt Corral in the 2022 NFL Draft as well as trading for Baker Mayfield later in the offseason. As of now, the belief is that Darnold and Mayfield will compete to see who will start, but Corral will be waiting in the wings.