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Keys to the Game: Panthers vs. Saints

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Closing Thoughts

Dec 2, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton reacts to an official call in favor of the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Did You Know?

  • This is the 37th time these two teams meet (Carolina leads the all-time series 19-17)
  • The Saints have lost the last two meetings, but are winners of four out of the last six.
  • The Saints are 7-1 under Sean Payton on Sunday Night Football, and they are also 5-0 at home.
  • The Panthers have won four straight on the road, and were the last team to beat the Saints at home.
  • Drew Brees can set a record on Sunday Night Football by passing a touchdown. He’ll pass Brett Favre with a 6th consecutive 30+ TD season.
  • Jimmy Graham can also set a record on Sunday, as he needs a 100-yard receiving game to break Tony Gonzalez’s previous record for receiving games by a tight end.
  • The Saints have not dropped back-to-back games under Sean Payton since 2009.

Saints Injury Report

  • QUESTIONABLE: DT Brodrick Bunkley (Ankle), T Zach Strief (Ankle), S Rafael Bush (Ankle), LB Keyunta Dawson (Calf), DE Glenn Foster (Knee)

After one loss, everyone is quick to jump on the Saints, and already counting them out of this game. There’s no sugar-coating this, but the Saints have to win this game. They have to get the bad taste out of their mouth from last week’s embarrassing loss. Let’s also not forget that this is the first of two games against the Panthers in three weeks.

I believe this will be a battle until the last two minutes, as victory won’t come easy for anyone. Look for this one to stay close, but I fully believe that the Saints know what they have to do, and they’ll execute accordingly.

Final Prediction: Saints 28, Panthers 23

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