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Saints defense bracing for first test vs Panthers' Olsen

08 January, 2018, 03:39 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints

The Panthers will have to figure out how to get to Saints future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees. Jordan, who was named first team All-Pro this week, had one of those six sacks and was tied for fourth in the league with 13 sacks this season.

Sunday, the New Orleans Saints have some fireworks planned of their own.

Cam Newton did not play well in two losses to the Saints this season.

We'll take a look a three important statistics below for Sunday's games in addition to providing spreads and over/under totals (via OddsShark) and picks.

For all of his considerable success, it's an enigma of Rivera's teams that they always seem unfinished in the same predictable ways.

The Vikings had faced all three of their potential divisional round opponents during the regular season, beating the Saints 29-19 in Week 1 and topping the Rams 24-7 in Week 11 before losing 31-24 to the Panthers on December 10.


The Bucs gained 110 yards rushing and had two receivers go over 100 yards, including Chris Godwin, who caught a go-ahead, 39-yard touchdown pass with 9 seconds left.

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McCoy is one of the better running backs in the game, and this isn't to say that he's a bad road performer for whatever reason. A large part of that was the improvement of the Saints running game with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. The Saints rebounded with a 31-21 win at home over - surprise! - the Carolina Panthers. Barring an injury to Brees, there is nothing to suggest the Saints won't thrive again. They are ways to imagine the Panthers winning.

Lattimore and fellow Saints defenders not only have to address their recent back-sliding as a unit, but also for the presence of star Carolina tight end Greg Olsen, who didn't play in either of these teams' previous two meetings this season. On a good day, Newton is the best player on any field he steps on, and it's possible he will excel in the passing game and make New Orleans pay for playing the run.

"From the midpoint of the season, when (Carolina) got on a roll, you can see the confidence grow with that team". I look for an overmatched Newton to keep it close for a half, before New Orleans asserts itself and dominates the closing sessions for a convincing victory.

The Panthers are 3-0 in wild card games and 5-2 in first-played games in postseason - wild card and divisional round.

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