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THE TIMES, JULY 31,2014, PAGE 2 -Like us on Facebook S orts , John Dudek 'Football Fantasy 4 game. This game is a coin flip, and the Saints win it. The next three games are all against AFC foes. Cincinnati, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh are the opponents. If the Saints can go 2-1 in these three games, they will be in good shape. While I don't foresee a losing streak, going 1-2, is a real pos- sibility. New Orleans has never matched up well against these teams, so it will be a true test of what this team is all about. Following their tilt with the AFC teams, a rematch with the Panthers is on the horizon. In this see-saw rivalry, I give the edge to the Saints, because this time it is a home game. At this point in the season, these two teams will be fighting for not only divisional bragging rights, but home field advan- By JOHN DUDEK Times Columnist (Part 4 of 5) After going undefeated through the first eight games of 2014, the New Orleans Saints are about to embark on the tough part of their schedule. Week Nine brings a trip to play the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are always a tough task for the Saints, es- pecially in their stadium. Even though the Panthers lost their best wide receiver of all time, they still pose an intimidating threat with Cam Newton at quarterback. This is the first game that I see the Saints losing in 2014. With nine games in the books, 8-1 isn't too shabby. The following week, the hat- ed San Francisco 49ers come calling. This team has thwarted the Saints for what seems like forever. Even in their down years, San Francisco has been a formidable opponent for the Saints. The 49ers boast one of the league's hardest hitting defenses, and a great running \\;4 Best Zephyrs team New Orleans Zephyrs pitcher Andrew Heaney, seen here, and the rest of the team's pitching staff are part of what has been called the best Zephyrs team since 2007. Information on the Zephyrs can be found on- line at zephyrsbaseball.com (Times Photo by Steven "Rhino" Ulery) The Ponchatoula Times The Indepeulence Times Published by The Ponchatoula Times L.L.C. , ,  Established,October 1, 1981 Print Edition Published Thursday of every week at 170 North Seventh Street Post Office Box 743--Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 SUBSCRIPTIONS $25 a Year In Tangipahoa Parish $30 a Year Outside Tangipahoa Parish ($5 Discount for Seniors) Gift subscriptions offered at same rates --24 Hour Telephone Line-- Subscriptions and News Tips 985/386-2877 INTERNET EDITION http ://www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes/ E-MAIL editor@ponchatoula.com timesofindependence@gmail.com FACEBOOK facebook.com/theponchatoulatimes, or facebook.com/theindependencetimes U.S. Periodicals Postal Permit No. 666730 Postmaster, address correspondence and changes of address orders to: P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 Bryan T. 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