But, for me, it all boils down to the play of the quarterbacks in this survive-and-advance game, and the clear edge goes to Brees and a defense that will tug enough times on Superman's cape. New Orleans is lead by a two-headed monster at running back between rookie standout Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. The Saints won both meetings in the regular season, and rather easily, too, but defeating a team three times in no season is no easy task.
Kamara has 728 rushing yards in 2017 at 6.1 yards per carry, the highest average of anyone in the top 30.
In Carolina, Christian McCaffrey has also grown with every game after a slow start to the season.
The Panthers also sit at 11-5 but a pair of losses to the Saints has Carolina playing this game on the road.
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Saints: DE Trey Henderson (ankle), OL Terron Armstead (thigh) are QUESTIONABLE. Kamara had 1,554 yards and 13 touchdowns from scrimmage along with 347 kick return yards and one return score on 11 tries. Much of the coverage duties will fall to linebacker Manti Te'o in this game.
Olsen, who missed the two previous games against the Saints, had just 17 catches for 191 yards and a touchdown in seven games this season.
This was the longest play the Panthers had allowed all season long. Newton targeted his tight end 10 times, resulting in only one reception (for 10 yards) and one of Newton's three interceptions.
Drew Brees may be the Saints' quarterback, but this is not his typical Saints team.
With Vaccaro out, safety Vonn Bell will likely match up with Olsen the most on Sunday.