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New Orleans Saints: Five bold predictions vs. Panthers

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Oct 16, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera (L) and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton (R) talk after their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera (L) and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton (R) talk after their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 13, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (59) and defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (98) celebrate after a sack during the second quarter of a game against the Denver Broncos at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 13, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (59) and defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (98) celebrate after a sack during the second quarter of a game against the Denver Broncos at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

Dannell Ellerbe intercepts Cam Newton

I firmly believe that this game will come down to turnover differential. Both teams know eachother very well. They execute at a similar level. Neither team is going to blow the other out of the water with pure talent or scheme.

So who wins the turnover battle?

I think Ellerbe’s return to the lineup will pay huge dividens for this one. It’s the perfect game for him. A run-happy QB, a run-heavy offense, plenty of underneath and TE action.

We’ve all seen Ellerbe’s range and tackling ability. Now I want to see him cover. We know he can do it.

The third of my bold predicitions: Ellerbe pulls in an INT, his first as a Saint, the fourth of his career.

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