Tom Sorensen

Carolina Panthers should beat New Orleans on Thursday, but will they?

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers | Thursday's prediction

Charlotte Observer reporters Joe Person and Jourdan Rodrigue preview Thursday night's New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers game and predict the winner. Can Panthers front four get to Drew Brees?
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Charlotte Observer reporters Joe Person and Jourdan Rodrigue preview Thursday night's New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers game and predict the winner. Can Panthers front four get to Drew Brees?

I’m 5-4 picking the Panthers this season. Thursday’s home game against New Orleans is a challenge. (But if you’re 5-4, isn’t every game?)

The Saints lost to the Denver Broncos last week because of a rule that was enacted only a season ago. Denver blocked an extra point attempt and returned it to the end zone for two points. The Broncos won 25-23.

Carolina ought to win this week. The Panthers defense is superior to the Saints defense. But I like New Orleans anyway. Saints 33, Panthers 29.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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