|Written by Mike|
Bet on the NFLThe New Orleans Saints had lost all four of their games outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome prior to Thursday's game with the Carolina Panthers. However, the Saints did not meet the same result as they went to 4-4 with a 28-10 win over the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
The Saints took control of the game late in the first half. Although it was a back and forth game for much of the half, the Saints took over off of a Mark Ingram touchdown run that came after Curtis Lofton recovered a fumble for the Saints after Junior Galette sacked Cam Newton near the Panther end zone. The Saints then went on a two-minute drive after forcing a late punt. They used the drive to go 85 with a little help from a defensive pass interference penalty en route to a touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham.
The Panthers made a run for it at the start of the second half after Cam Newton got a touchdown run. Drew Brees matched his effort with his own touchdown run on the next possession to give the Saints a 21-7 lead.
The Panthers had to settle for a field goal at the start of the fourth after a touchdown pass to Brandon Williams was reversed. Ingram got his second touchdown run of the game on the next possession to put the game away.
Newton was only 10-28 for 151 yards on the passing game and was sacked four times. Meanwhile, Brees went 24-34 for 297 yards during the game. The only missteps that Brees had during the game was an interception from Dwan Edwards and two fumbles with one of those fumbles being lost.
The Saints were -3 favorites on this road game with an over/under of 49 points. The Saints are now in possession of the NFC South lead while the Panthers are in second at 3-5-1 and close to two games out of a wild card spot. The two teams will play each other again in New Orleans on December 7.