A few pregame notes on Carolina's 1 p.m. home game against New Orleans Sunday:
-- Matt Moore is 5-2 as a starter at home but had all kinds of problems last week in Carolina’s 20-10 loss at St. Louis. Best-case scenario for Moore: a quick, early touchdown. Most likely scenario: Carolina has three points at halftime.
-- Carolina has won seven of its last 10 against New Orleans and only lost by two points to the Saints earlier this season. For whatever reason, the Panthers rarely get blown out by New Orleans.
-- Why do I think Steve Smith is going to do something hugely newsworthy Sunday?
-- Drew Brees loves to pick the Panthers apart with one seven-yard pass after another, and then at the end of the afternoon he always has 300 yards. Will Chris Gamble or Richard Marshall ever jump on one of those routes? Brees is averaging nearly 332 yards per game in his career vs. Carolina.
-- Lance Moore has become quite a thorn in the side of Carolina recently, and I expect he will be again today.
-- My pick of Carolina to pull a second straight upset last Sunday against St. Louis worked out badly, so I’m now 4-3 picking the Panthers’ games this season. Not too good. On Sunday, I’m figuring on the Saints overpowering Carolina, 22-10.
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