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New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers open thread

NFL: NFC Wild Card-Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers vs. Saints: It’s Ron Rivera’s time to shine - Cat Scratch Reader
Drew Brees and the Saints offense average 3.48 points per drive and have a drive success rate of .810, both best in the league. The Panthers average 2.40 points per drive and have a drive success rate of .753. Over the course of the season, the two defenses are roughly equal in those metrics, but the Saints’ unit is trending up while the Panthers’ is going the other way. The more drives that take place on Monday night, the more likely it is that the Saints will put up points and run away with the game.

The Saints are on path for home field advantage through the playoffs - Canal Street Chronicles
Coming up tonight, they will face a Carolina Panthers team that boasts an array of dangerous skilled players that include Curtis Samuel, D.J. Moore, and Christian McCaffrey. The Panthers will look to get all these players involved as well as using a lot of pre-snap motions in an attempt to confuse the defense. In the middle of a six-game losing streak, the Panthers will try to rebound at home, where the average 30.8 points per game.