How to Watch Saints vs. Panthers

Linebacker Shaq Thompson and the rest of the Panthers defense are looking for some redemption against the Saints in their third meeting this season

Lost in how poorly the Panthers offense played at Atlanta was the absence of Jonathan Stewart, who sat out with back tightness.

Winning this matchup was a main reason the Saints won the first two games. Historically teams are (13-7) when it comes to sweeping the third game in the National Football League playoffs.

Because that's what the Saints do.

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Hopefully the third time is a charm for the Panthers, who will try to avoid some New Orleans style voodoo and beat the Saints in the Wildcard round of the NFC playoffs. But ultimately New Orleans has too much speed and firepower to be held down for long.

A third-round pick out of Tennessee, the 22-year-old's role has grown with every game and he's been a flawless compliment to Mark Ingram. The over/under for the game is 48 total points.

For the Saints, defending the quick and agile rookie will be a bigger challenge Sunday without linebacker A.J. Klein and safety Kenny Vaccaro as both are on injured reserve with groin injuries.

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Newton was off target with almost all of his receivers against Atlanta, but that was especially so with Olsen. New Orleans is lead by a two-headed monster at running back between rookie standout Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. Newton targeted his tight end 10 times, resulting in only one reception (for 10 yards) and one of Newton's three interceptions. Accumulating 60 yards and two rushing scores, his 97 yards were just a third of the ground production achieved by the Saints against Carolina.

New Orleans is 5-0-1 ATS in its last six games against the Panthers per the OddsShark NFL Database. But ultimately it won't be enough.

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