This Sunday, the New Orleans Saints will be hosting the streaking Carolina Panthers in Mercedes Benz Super Dome. In this match-up between the Saints and Panthers, there will be a lot at stake here. The most important thing on the line is the 2nd place standing in the NFC conference. The 1st place seed is the Seattle Seahawks who knocked off the New Orleans Saints last Monday 34-7.
The next thing that is on the line is that if the Saints lose they will only have one more shot to reclaim the 2nd seed when they go to Carolina in 3 weeks to battle again. This will decide who wins the division in the NFC South. If the Seahawks lose one of their remaining games it will be interesting in the NFC as the Playoffs shape into form. I take the Saints in this one.
The biggest reason being they will be back in New Orleans and that they will be hungry to get a win after that embarrassing loss to Seattle. Carolina's key to success will be if they can get their run game going. The Saints are ranked 16th in rush defense and are giving up nearly 200 yards on the ground per game. The Saints' key to victory will be to find their big man Jimmy Graham. Jimmy has 11 or 12 receiving touchdowns this season which leads the league in all receivers. Clearly, this will be a great match to look forward to.