Payton downplays the regular-season wins over Carolina now, reminding everyone that the playoffs are a single game elimination tournament, but the Saints have to be in the Panthers head, if only just a little bit. New Orleans is lead by a two-headed monster at running back between rookie standout Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. The New Orleans Advocate reports that Bush will not be leading the team onto the field with a bat like he did in 2009 because that is against National Football League rules.
New Orleans beat Carolina twice in the regular season by a combined 31 points.
We'll take a look a three important statistics below for Sunday's games in addition to providing spreads and over/under totals (via OddsShark) and picks. These two teams last faced off in Week 13 and New Orleans defeated the Panthers 31-21. They only allow 88.1 yards rushing, which is third best in the NFL.
The defense, thanks to a big stop on third down by 37-year-old Julius Peppers and an ill-advised interception by Mike Adams the cost Carolina 16 yards of field position, gave Newton the ball back one last time, with 1:51 to play. Kamara is fast enough to get on the edge quickly and turn the corner, but also powerful enough to bull through tacklers. The Saints have rushed for nearly 300 yards in the previous two meetings combined and proved to be a major reason why they won.
"I think this team is at its best when doubt is overwhelming against them", Shepard said on the Panthers website.
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Meanwhile, Saints coach Sean Payton will be trying to change or disguise most everything his offense has done against the Panthers, which may be hard as those old plays accounted for 400 yards in the 31-21 win and 362 yards in the 34-13 victory.
For whatever reason, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy just hasn't been able to get it going on the road.
While Saints All-Pro defensive end Cam Jordan has done well containing the 6-foot-5, 245-pound, fleet-footed Newton in previous meetings, he said he doesn't exactly enjoy the prospect of having to do so again. They've got that part covered, by the looks of it.
GETTING HEALTHIER: The Panthers expect to get two key players back on offense - running back Jonathan Stewart and guard Trai Turner.
Marshon Lattimore has emerged as a first-class safety for the New Orleans Saints.
"You're talking about one of the better tight ends in the game".