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NFC Wild Card Preview and Prediction: Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints

By John La Fleur, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints are no strangers to each other as NFC South Division rivals, but Sunday’s NFC Wild Card Game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be the first postseason contest between these two teams. The rare third meeting in the same season was set up in part by a pair of losses in Week 17.   Carolina entered its season finale against Atlanta with a...

New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 1 month 3 weeks ago
New Orleans controls its own destiny in Sunday afternoon's regular-season finale against Tampa Bay. Beat the Buccaneers on the road and the Saints are NFC South champions and will host Wild Card Weekend. A loss, and New Orleans will need Atlanta to beat Carolina or else the Saints will be the road team next weekend.   Speaking of the Falcons, the Saints exacted their revenge on their...

Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 1 month 4 weeks ago
Two weeks after a hotly contested matchup, Atlanta and New Orleans will go back at it; his time with first place in the NFC South on the line.   The Falcons (9-5) won the first game, 20-17, coming back from a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The Saints (10-4) had the ball in the red zone needing just a field goal to tie, but Drew Brees was picked off in the end zone, allowing...

New York Jets vs. New Orleans Saints Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 2 months 6 days ago
Both the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints are coming off of losses last week, but no two losses are created equal when it comes to these teams. The Jets (5-8) were shutout in Denver 23-0, as the team managed a paltry 100 yards and six first downs on offense. Already an afterthought in the wild-card chase in the AFC, New York also lost quarterback Josh McCown for the rest of the season after...

Thursday Night Football: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 2 months 2 weeks ago
With just four games left in the regular season, New Orleans is two games up on Atlanta for first place in the NFC South. The Saints (9-3) finished off a season sweep of the Panthers with a 31-21 win at home last Sunday, while the Falcons (7-5) were held without a touchdown in a 14-9 home loss to Minnesota.   New Orleans is a perfect 3-0 in divisional play, but this will be the first of...

Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 2 months 2 weeks ago
First place in the NFC South is up for grabs when Carolina and New Orleans renew acquaintances in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday. The Panthers (8-3) are riding a four-game winning streak after beating the Jets 35-27 on the road. The victory gave Carolina a four-game sweep of the AFC East and momentum heading into the rematch with the Saints.   New Orleans (8-3) saw its eight-game...

New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Week 12 of the NFL season features an unexpected matchup of division leaders when the New Orleans Saints come west to take on the Los Angeles Rams. The Saints (8-2) have won eight games in a row after coming from 15 points down in the fourth quarter against the Redskins to win 34-31 in overtime. It was the largest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history.   Down 31-16 with 5:58...

Washington Redskins vs. New Orleans Saints Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 3 months 4 days ago
Points were not a problem for either Washington or New Orleans last week, although the two teams wound up with differing results in the end. At home against Minnesota, the Redskins and Vikings traded scores through most of the first half. But on the first play following a touchdown that put Minnesota up 17-14 with less than two minutes in the second quarter, Kirk Cousins threw an interception...

New Orleans Saints vs. Buffalo Bills Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 3 months 1 week ago
The New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills have both put themselves within sight of the playoffs at the NFL season's midway point, but they are coming off being on the opposite ends of blowout results last week.   The Saints extended their winning streak to six as they steamrolled the Buccaneers 30-10. The Black and Gold defense allowed only one touchdown, which occurred in the fourth...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Streaking NFC South teams are set to meet on Sunday when Tampa Bay pays New Orleans a visit. The Buccaneers are going in the wrong direction, losers of four straight after falling 17-3 at home to the Panthers. The offense continued its inconsistent ways, mustering a field goal and two fourth-quarter interceptions thrown by Jameis Winston killed any chances of mounting a late comeback.  ...