Keys to the Game: Saints vs. Panthers

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Dec 15, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton as seen during the first half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

Here we are, just two weeks left in the NFL Regular Season, two regular season games left for the Saints, and a whole lot of emotions and expectations that will transpire in a very short time. However, the only thing on anyone’s mind in New Orleans? The Carolina Panthers.

Welcome back to another edition of Keys to the Game

As always, we start with some weekly power rankings for the Black & Gold:

  • ESPN: #5 (Previous Week: #3) -2
  • #4 (Previous Week: #3) -1
  • CBS Sports:  #6 (Previous Week: #4) -2
  • Fox Sports: #5 (Previous Week: #3) -2

Again, you can’t lose a game and expect to move up in any type of power rankings. It’s just not going to happen. There’s no reason that the Saints shouldn’t be a top five ranked team by the end of the season. Just remember that the Seahawks (.472), Patriots (.474), and Chiefs (.408) have a very weak Strength of Schedule compared to teams like the Broncos (.505) and Saints (.526). Make of that what you will.

While we hate to open the wound(s) from last week’s disappointing loss against the Rams, we can only hope and trust that our boys learned a very valuable lesson. However, we’re up against a host of ‘you name it’. The bad weather threat, a road game, a lot at stake, lots of personnel changes late in the season to name a few of those things. Regardless, it’s an NFC South clash, and the division is at stake for the Saints, as they travel to take on the Panthers.

When: Sunday, December 22, 2013 @ 12:00PM CST

Where: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC)

Weather: Scattered T-Storms | HI: 71°, LO: 56° | 60% Chance of Rain

Broadcast: FOX (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver)

Watch/ListenLocal Television (WVUE – Channel 8), Local Broadcast 105.3FM/AM870 (WWL Radio – Jim Henderson, Hokie Gajan, Kristian Garic)

Saints Uniforms: White Jerseys with Black Pants

Record & Last Game: Saints (10-4); L @ Rams 27-16 | Panthers (10-4); W vs. Jets 30-20

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