NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It matches the two best teams in the NFL's best division. On a weekend full of intriguing and meaningful games, there is none more meaningful and more intriguing than this one. The Saints and the Panthers, the winner in the driver's seat of the NFC South, if only for a short Uber jaunt to next week.
The Saints, winners of 8 of 9. The Panthers, winners of four straight. The Saints' second-ranked offense against the Panthers second-ranked defense. The Saints' third-ranked rushing offense against the Panthers' third-ranked rushing defense. The two best multi-purpose rookie running backs in the NFL in Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey.
The Panthers, who boast a winning record against the Saints as a visitor, coming to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a 5 and 1 road record this season. The Saints, losers of only one home game this season.
Both teams trying to fight through an injury bug as we take the turn for home next week when the schedule gets no easier.
Back in Week 3, the moribund Saints went to Carolina 0 and 2 to take on a Panther team that had given up three points in each of their first two games to sit at 2 and 0. A dominant 34-13 Saints win sparked an eight-game winning streak. After stubbing their toe last week in Los Angeles, could another Saints victory over the Panthers reignite a second one?
It's as important as any game this season for both. It'll be shocking if the victory comes easily for either.