[WATCH-STREAMS] New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers Live Free Online Broadcast 18 September 2023
Monday Night Action is Back! The New Orleans Saints will travel to take on the Carolina Panthers in a divisional rivalry on Monday Night Football. Kickoff from Bank of America Stadium is set for 7:15 p.m. ET and will air on ESPN. New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers live stream: Watch Monday Night Football for free
Derek Carr looked decent in his first career game with the Saints. They won a nail-biter against the Tennessee Titans 16-15. Neither offense did anything spectacular, but Chris Olave put up stellar numbers as he caught eight passes for 112 yards. The defense played fine as well as they held Derrick Henry to 63 yards on 15 carries.
Carolina played better than I expected early. The Atlanta Falcons pulled away with a 24-10 victory in the second half, but it was tight early. It’s still a rebuild for the Panthers as they must continue developing one of their younger guys. Bryce Young played fine, but threw two interceptions that you expect from a rookie in his first game in the NFL. The defense held up well as the interceptions practically gifted the Falcons 14 points.
AT A GLANCE
Who: New Orleans Saints (1-0) at Carolina Panthers (0-1)
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
When: 7:15 p.m. EDT
TV: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes
What’s better than a football game on a Monday night?
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Derek Carr, who spent nine seasons with the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders, is now starting for the Saints and looks excited about the change in scenery. He threw for a touchdown and 305 yards in a win over the Tennessee Titans last week.
WR Chris Olave had a big start to his sophomore season, catching eight passes for 112 yards in Week 1. Rashid Shaheed, who the Saints signed as an undrafted free agent out of Weber State in 2022, had 89 yards receiving and a touchdown and veteran Michael Thomas had five catches for 61 yards.
They will be operating against a Panthers team missing Jaycee Horn, their top cornerback, who is out with a hamstring injury.
As for the host Panthers, rookie QB Bryce Young threw two interceptions in his NFL debut on the road against the Falcons and will look to rebound against one of the league’s stingier defenses. Young, the No. 1 overall pick, showed an ability to escape pressure with his feet in the opener but struggled to get the ball downfield. Carolina’s longest pass play went for 14 yards.
The Panthers are hoping to get WR DJ Chark back after he missed Week 1 with a hamstring injury. Chark is considered Carolina’s best deep threat and could allow the team to push the ball down the field more. If healthy, Chark would start opposite veteran Adam Thielen.
Young’s longest pass completion in Week 1 went for 14 yards.
Panthers coach Frank Reich knows that needs to change Monday night when Carolina hosts the division-rival New Orleans Saints.
Young, the No. 1 overall pick, was limited to 146 yards passing in a 24-10 loss to Atlanta and threw two interceptions and one touchdown in his pro debut.
The lack of what Reich deems “chunk plays” in the passing game — considered gains of 20 or more yards — contributed to those poor numbers, as the Falcons repeatedly keyed on short throws over the middle while daring Young to beat them deep.
That won’t be easy Monday night, even with deep threat DJ Chark (hamstring) expected to make his season debut for Carolina in Week 2.
The Saints are coming off a hard-fought 16-15 win over the Tennessee Titans that was every bit as much of a struggle as the score suggests.
New Orleans allowed three chunk plays — one of those a 46-yard completion to running back Derrick Henry — but held the Titans out of the end zone. They also intercepted Ryan Tannehill three times.
Derek Carr threw for 305 yards in his Saints debut and had five completions of 20 yards or more, including two for 40-plus yards.
New Orleans enters Week 2 with a 1-0 record, coming off a 16-15 win against Tennessee. Derek Carr was steady in his first regular-season game with the Saints, throwing for 202 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Chris Olave picked up right where he left off last season, hauling in eight of his 10 targets for 112 yards. The Saints defense flexed its muscle as well, limiting Derrick Henry to just 63 yards, as the Titans running back averaged just 4.2 yards per carry.
For the Panthers, Bryce Young's NFL debut could have certainly gone better, but the No. 1 pick showed promise in Carolina's 24-10 loss to Atlanta in Week 1. The No. 1 pick in this year's draft completed 20 of his 38 pass attempts for 146 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
The Panthers entered the fourth quarter tied with their division foes before Atlanta struck for two touchdowns to pull ahead for the win. The Carolina defense struggled to contain the running back duo of Tyler Allgeier and Bijan Robinson, who combined for 129 yards on the ground.