CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-12)
New faces: QB Baker Mayfield, WR Rashad Higgins, RB D’Onta Foreman, C Bradley Bozeman, G Austin Corbett, LT Ickey Ekwonu, DT Matt Ioannidis, LBs Corey Littleton and Damien Wilson, S Xavier Woods and P Johnny Hekker.
The Panthers have placed rookie fifth-round draft choice Daviyon Nixon on injured reserve with a season-ending knee injury on Thursday.
The defensive tackle was hurt during practice on Wednesday.
The Panthers have listed running back Christian McCaffrey as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The news comes after McCaffrey practiced all three days on a limited basis this week.
NEW ORLEANS (1-0) at CAROLINA (1-0)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Saints by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen walked down the corridor to the locker room after Sunday's 16-10 win against the Houston Texans, he sought out linebacker Shaq Thompson and gave him a hug.
2018 win total: 9
2017 ATS record: 9-7
Optimist view: Carolina went 11-5 last season, beating teams such as the Patriots and Vikings, and the bulk of the roster returns. The most important piece, QB Cam Newton, has a new weapon in place (first-round WR D.J.