NFC Wild Card Preview: Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints

08 January, 2018, 03:38 | Author: Edward Fernandez
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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.

New Orleans beat Carolina twice in the regular season by a combined 31 points. Well, the first step to Super Bowl 52 begins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Louisiana.

In the two regular-season meetings with Carolina, New Orleans had 14 so-called "chunk" plays, compared with nine for the Panthers. It lost to Atlanta, 27-20, on December 28, 1991, in the dome after splitting with the Falcons during the regular season.

Well, this season the New Orleans Saints have been running the ball much more than ever, terrorizing the league with the NFL's top running back tandem: Alvin Kamara and former Heisman Trophy victor Mark Ingram. Not true. It is more hard the other way around, historically speaking.

The Saints' defense got abused in the first two games of the season, allowing a total of 1,025 yards and seven touchdowns in blowout losses to the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots. And 13 of those won for a.650 winning percentage. If Funchess is neutralized, there are just not enough other weapons for the Panthers to match the Saints score for score. He is the midday host at Sports 1280 New Orleans, Midday Host Weekdays-Noon-2pm at Sports 1280 New Orleans/101.1 FM and Television Host at WLAE-TV.

"We've got a fire lit up under us to come out here and play the way we know we're capable of playing", defensive tackle Tyeler Davison said. "Things they did against us that worked, they're going to try to come back and do again". "If you look at those two games, we flat out didn't get it done". We were picked 6-10, 7-9, 8-8, last in the NFC South. you can look at it that everything we do from here on our is gravy then.

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He often takes on as much as he can, but it's a delicate balance, and he'll nearly surely need more from his supporting cast to beat the Saints in the Superdome. He played for Carolina in 2013 and in 2015 and '16. 2 seed in the NFC, will play the highest-seeded victor from the wild-card round; the Falcons, who entered the playoffs as the NFC's lowest seed, will travel to Philadelpha to face the top-seeded Eagles on Saturday night. "I feel like I help the team when I'm running the football".

"There's familiarity", said Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who completed 25 of 34 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown in the 31-21 win and was 22 of 29 for 220 yards and three touchdowns in the 34-13 win. "But you need to have a lead to be able to do that, which is a tall order".

For all of his considerable success, it's an enigma of Rivera's teams that they always seem unfinished in the same predictable ways. So for us, it's what we do. "They're going to make adjustments, and you have to make adjustments, as well".

Not all Saints will be so familiar with the Panthers.

Carolina spent the entire 2017 season trying to find its deep threat at receiver, working through injuries to heir-apparent rookie second-round pick Curtis Samuel and lightning-fast Damiere Byrd before turning to Kaelin Clay. "Not having him is significant and having him is huge", Saints coach Sean Payton said. "Maybe things you did well, but from a playoff standpoint you understand that now you are in a single elimination tournament".

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