But, for me, it all boils down to the play of the quarterbacks in this survive-and-advance game, and the clear edge goes to Brees and a defense that will tug enough times on Superman's cape. A large part of that was the improvement of the Saints running game with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. In Week 3, a 34-13 victory, the Saints had 149 rushing yards on a 5.5-yard average per carry. All three of those losses came on the road however as New Orleans has won each of its last seven games at home.
Saints: DE Trey Henderson (ankle), OL Terron Armstead (thigh) are QUESTIONABLE.
The Saints did well in this matchup in one game, but poorly in the other. The former No. 1 pick also had a 59.1 completion percentage that led to 3,302 passing yards and 22 passing touchdowns.
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Add in his 826 receiving yards on 81 receptions and 13 total touchdowns, and it's easy to see why he leads the race for offensive rookie of the year.
They don't have a ton of wiggle room to begin with against the Saints, who beat them twice in the regular season. Newton targeted his tight end 10 times, resulting in only one reception (for 10 yards) and one of Newton's three interceptions. The Saints will obviously try to keep him more in line with those numbers.
This was the longest play the Panthers had allowed all season long. Covering Olsen will be important, but tackling him to prevent yards after catch will be crucial, too.