Two NFC South teams with suspect rushing defenses clash as the New Orleans Saints face the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon at Bank of American Stadium.

The game begins at 1pm eastern time and will be shown by FOX, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.

New Orleans was surprised last week against the Washington Redskins, as quarterback Robert Griffin III had the best outing of any rookie quarterback in the history of the NFL.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees was off target most of the game, going 24-for-52 for 339 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

New Orleans established no running game, ending with 32 rushing yards, while Washington exposed the Saints lack of a rush defense.

New Orleans surrendered 153 rushing yards, including 96 yards and two touchdowns to rookie Alfred Morris.

Saints wide receiver Lance Moore made six receptions for 120 yards and a score, and second-year tight end Jimmy Graham also had six receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown.

The Panthers also struggled against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' running game last week and lost 16-10. Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin led an attack that totaled 130 yards, chipping in 95 yards on 24 carries.

Panthers running back Brandon LaFell scored a touchdown with 8:55 left in the third quarter leaving Carolina behind 13-6, but quarterback Cam Newton stunted their two subsequent drives in the third quarter by throwing two costly interceptions

Carolina also missed running back Jonathan Stewart, as three other backs managed to gain only 10 yards on the ground. Stewart is currently listed as questionable for Sunday. Defensive end Greg Hardy is also listed as questionable.

Brees will be down one weapon Sunday, as wide receiver Devery Henderson was downgraded to out.

Betting Odds: New Orleans is favored by 3 points.

Prediction: Brees should find his accuracy again, which could prove insurmountable for  Carolina. Newton and the Panthers must find a way to rush the ball, and keep Brees watching on the sidelines.

Predicted Score: New Orleans 34,  Carolina 27