2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
6-8, 2nd in NFC South
41m

Saints win,NFL Power Rankings.

Ryan Clark reacts to the Saints win over the Panthers. Plus, Jalen Rose runs the floor and Ryan delivers an epic NFL Power Rankings.

Saints hang on to top Panthers on MNF (1:14)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers safety Eric Reid posted a picture on social media showing he had been selected for a random drug test once again. According to Reid, this was the seventh time he has been tested since joining the Panthers late in September. He has indicated he thinks the league is targeting him because he has a collusion grievance against the NFL. The NFL has noted that all drug tests are random and are performed by an outside laboratory that they have no control over. To that, Reid posted: "Number 7 . . . Random.'' Reid said a date for his grievance has been set for a date after the season that he would not reveal.

Cam Newton: I've got to be better (1:05)
McFarland says Newton didn't look right in loss (0:44)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says he has done everything from acupuncture to ice to therapy to deal with the soreness in his right shoulder. Says hardly a night goes by when he doesn't experience some soreness. Says sitting is not part of his plans.

Saints hold on to win in wild fourth quarter (0:50)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly on Cam Newton battling through a shoulder injury: ‘'With Cam since the day i got here he's been tough as nails.'' Center Ryan said Newton has been beat up emotionally and physically by this season.

0:19

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers tight end Thomas Davis wants to return next season but since management hasn't committed to him he can't help but wonder if next week's game against Atlanta will be his final one at Bank of America Stadium.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera on Cam Newton's shoulder says the staff will continue to consult with medical staff and evaluate. No mention of sitting him at the moment.

11h

Saints' D puts clamps on Newton in 12-9 win over Panthers

Alvin Kamara had 103 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, the Saints' defense put the clamps on Cam Newton and New Orleans defeated the Carolina Panthers 12-9 on Monday night to take a big step toward locking up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera will need a new t-shirt. The Panthers coach wore a shirt earlier this week promoting his team's 5 percent chance to make the playoffs. It is less than 1 percent after a 12-9 loss to New Orleans in which the defense played its best game of the year. The biggest question now is will Rivera rest Cam Newton and a sore right shoulder that didn't give the Panthers a chance on this night? The losing streak is now six.

Newton's pass on 4th down falls incomplete (0:26)
Panthers force fumble for touchback (0:45)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked Panthers coach Ron Rivera about Cam Newton failing to make clutch plays with the game on the line during this 5-game losing streak. Rivera admitted Newton has gotten a little excited with a few high throws. He has 1:44 remaining and a 12-9 deficit to redeem himself and keep the Panthers' playoff hopes alive.

Jackson takes INT on 2-point try to the house (0:47)
McCaffrey uses his arm for 50-yard TD (0:24)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie cornerback Donte Jackson took some of the string out of New Orleans' first touchdown, intercepting Drew Brees on the 2-point conversion to give the Panthers two points. That could be huge as the lead is only 12-9. Cam Newton and the offense still have to get on track.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Three quarters in the book and a Saints team averaging 34.4 points a game has been limited to six on two field goals. This is the kind of defense the Panthers had hoped to play all season. Linebackers most active of season, meaning the front four is doing its job. Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis have nine tackles each.

Bell punches football loose, Saints recover (0:39)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers have second turnover inside the 20, this time a fumble by rookie DJ Moore after a spectacular run. It's hard in this league to lose the turnover battle and win, much less beat a good team like the Saints. Panthers wasted a second opportunity.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The home crowd may be as pumped about the halftime show as they were for the game. Nelly is performing. Panthers' defensive end Julius Peppers has a connection here. He once appeared in Nelly's "Hot in Herre'' music video.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

One thing Cam Newton hasn't been great at this season is clutch throws at the end of a game. He wasn't so great at the end of the first half, throwing an interception in the end zone that was badly underthrown. The defense has done its part, holding the Saints to a pair of field goal. It's the best this group has played perhaps all season. But to win the Panthers need Newton to be at his best.

Apple leaps for the pick in end zone (0:35)

Team Stats

Passing Yards234.1
Rushing Yards134.6
Points For23.8
Points Against24.6