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Panthers' Greg Olsen can be 'game-changing' vs. Saints

Panthers' Greg Olsen can be 'game-changing' vs. Saints

As always, home teams are in all caps. There's a saying that the third time is the charm but that usually means you've failed twice and it can't happen again. Look for his teammates to play inspired football as the Saints win and cover. Quarterback Marcus Mariota finished with more interceptions (15) than touchdowns (13) and is suffering through his worst season as a pro with a passer rating of just 79.3.

"Especially on the offensive line, where you're taking every snap", Unger said.

Whatever Drew Brees and Sean Payton do for the rest of their National Football League careers, there will be no way to match the magic they created in those wondrous first few seasons after the Saints returned to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The Chiefs will make their third-straight playoff appearance and are 6-2 at home this season. Expect the Chiefs to control this game from the start and roll to a 27-14 victory.

With another ring and another full season, Brees would be a two-time Super Bowl champion, the all-time leader in yards and completion percentage and second or third in touchdowns (he's now tied with Brady at 488) prompting the question, "Where does he rank among QBs all time?" Rookie head coach Sean McVay deserves to be the Coach of the Year after transforming a floundering offense ranked dead last in 2016 to a top-10 unit this season. But he insisted he isn't going into the postseason with any greater sense of urgency than he has had in the past.

Brees threw for "only" 4,334 yards, his fewest in a season since 2005, when he was with the San Diego Chargers. Both teams are ranked 11th or better in total defense.

Don't overthink this one - trust the home team.

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Should the Saints win, they'll face either the Eagles or Vikings, but it will most likely be Philadelphia.

A table tennis set, a small basketball hoop and a Nintendo 64 console that players used to pass time between meetings and workouts were gone Wednesday as the Saints began to prepare for their NFC wild-card matchup with the Carolina Panthers. "We knew if we were going to be who we wanted to be we had to turn it around somehow".

The Saints are second in total offense and first in yards per play, while Carolina is 19th in both categories.

Or perhaps the offense's struggles will continue, though New Orleans played well enough to win two of its last three and claim the NFC South title by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker with Carolina. Can he still get his team on the winning bus or winning plane? The Panthers are 8-1 in games decided by eight or less.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton takes on the New Orleans Saints on the road this weekend. By almost all measurements, the Bills are not only the worst of the 12 playoff teams, but a below-average football team. Had it started Nick Foles all season, Philly would probably be more like a 7-9 team than a 13-3 one.

Additionally, the Bills are sixth-worst in net yards per play, as they're outgained by an average of.5 yards per play; the 0-16 Browns were only outgained by 0.2 yards per play. New Orleans ran for 149 yards in one game and 148 in the other.


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