|Why To Watch|
Hurricane Katrina has profoundly affected the lives of all the people in the New Orleans' organization never mind the ability of the team to prepare for this game. That needs to be said, but the Saints understand they must get back to business and that starts with a tough division game in Carolina.
With several key players returning from season-ending injuries for the Panthers, getting a win will be easier said than done. However, don't count New Orleans out. QB Aaron Brooks, RB Deuce McAllister and WR Joe Horn are all threats to make a big play every snap and the defense is coming off a strong final preseason game.
It's not often that teams that finish the previous season with a 7-9 record are predicted to make a run deep into the playoffs, but expectations are high in Charlotte and for good reason. QB Jake Delhomme has developed into an excellent starter and a defense that features LDE Julius Peppers excels at generating turnovers.