THIS WEEK: The New Orleans Saints will play at the Louisiana Superdome for the second consecutive week and for the third time in four contests when they host the Carolina Panthers. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the game equipment and equipment and clothes players and coaches will wear will have special pink details.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised on FOXwith Kenny Albertproviding play-by-play, Daryl Johnstonhandling color analysis and Tony Siragusaserving as sideline reporter.* The game will air in the New Orleans area onFOX 8 and in Baton Rouge onWGMB Channel 44. The game also airs onKADNin Lafayette,WDBDin Jackson, MS and *WXXV **in the Mississippi Coast.
RADIO: Jim Henderson and Hokie Gajan will call the game on the Saints Radio Network with Kristian Garicon the Saints sidelines. The game will air live on Saints Radio Network originating on WWL 105.3 FM and 870 AM, with pre and post-game analysis. The radio pregame and postgame shows will feature former Saints Steve Korte and Bobby Hebertas well as host Deke Bellavia.
SPANISH RADIO:Saints 2010 games air in Spanish on*radio stationLa Fabulosa, WFNO 830 AM. Emilio Peralta andMarco Garcia *handle announcing duties.
SERIES:Carolina entered the NFL in 1995 and since then, the Panthers hold a 17-13 advantage. The clubs were in the NFC West from 1995-2001 and the rivalry has continued in the NFC South. The Saints have a 6-8 record in contests played at the Superdome. Of the 30 games, 13 have been decided by eight points or less, with New Orleans winning seven. Of the last eight, three have been settled by a three points or less. The Saints' longest winning streak was a five-game stretch from 2000-02
LAST TIME IN NEW ORLEANS: The Saints defeated the Panthers on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at the Louisiana Superdome New Orleans rebounded from a slow start and a 14-0 deficit, taking the lead for good in the fourth quarter. DL Anthony Hargrove helped the Saints hold on in the final stanza with two fumble recoveries, one for a touchdown as he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
CONNECTIONS:Head coach Sean Payton, Carolina Head coach John Fox and secondary coach Mike Gillhamer served on the same staff with the New York Giants. Payton served as offensive coordinator and Fox served as defensive coordinator from 2000-01. Carolina asst. head coach/running backs Jim Skipper, a Breaux Bridge native, coached the Saints running backs from 1986-95, also serving on the Giants staff with Fox and Payton...QB Drew Brees and Carolina special teams assistant Jeff Rodgers were high school teammates at Westlake HS in Austin, Tx...Panthers offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson played for the Saints in 1994 and served as an offensive asst. in 1996...Special teams coordinator Greg McMahon served on the East Carolina staff in 2005…C Jonathan Goodwin prepped at Lower Richland (S.C.) HS. Goodwin and Panthers asst. special teams/ strength and conditioning coach Sam Garnes were teammates with the Jets from 2002-03…Carolina defensive quality control coach Sam Mills IIIis the son of former Saints standout LB Sam Mills... DE Will Smith and Carolina CB Chris Gamble were teammates at Ohio State...T Charles Brown, RB Reggie Bush, DT Sedrick Ellis, Panthers WR Dwayne Jarrett and C Ryan Kalil were teammates at The University of Southern California.....LS Jason Kyle snapped for the Panthers from 2001-08...S Pierson Prioleau prepped at Macedonia (Alvin, S.C.) HS...T Zach Strief and Panthers RB Tyrell Sutton were teammates at Northwestern...Defensive line coach Bill Johnson and Carolina defensive coordinator Ron Meeks served on the same staff at the University of Miami (Fl.) in 1987. Johnson and Panthers secondary coach Ron Milus served on the same staff at Texas A&M in 1999...DL Anthony Hargrove was tutored by Panthers defensive line coach Brian Baker in St. Louis in 2006...Carolina quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer served as offensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi from 2003-04...Assistant defensive line coach Travis Jones and Panthers linebackers coach Richard Smith served on the same staff in Miami in 2005. Smith and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams served on the same staff with the Houston Oilers from 1990-92. Carolina wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert played at LSU from 1988-90 and started his coaching career with the Tigers in 1994. He served as an assistant at Northeast Louisiana from 1995-97 and Louisiana-Lafayette from 1999-2001...LB Jonathan Vilma and Carolina LB Jon Beason were teammates at the University of Miami (Fl.) in 2003...LB Danny Clark and Carolina DE Tyler Brayton were teammates in Oakland from 2004-05...CB Patrick Robinsonand Panthers DE Everette Brown were teammates at Florida State...Carolina WR Brandon LaFell played at LSU
NEXT WEEK:The Saints will go on the road and face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, October 10 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Kickoff is 3:05 p.m. CT and the contest will be televised by FOX.