New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers: 3 key matchups

Posted January 08, 2018

He's listed as questionable Sunday due to a thigh injury, but if he's good to go, the Saints run game could be even better.

Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 there have been 20 instances in which a team that went 2-0 in the regular season against an opponent went on to face that opponent in the postseason.

Kamara has 728 rushing yards in 2017 at 6.1 yards per carry, the highest average of anyone in the top 30. The Saints, though, did not have rookie corner Marshon Lattimore in those game, and he will be on the field along with their other impressive rookie, safety Marcus Williams, who will likely be tasked with guarding Olsen. All three of those losses came on the road however as New Orleans has won each of its last seven games at home.

Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara also totaled four touchdowns between the first two games, so the Panthers will surely focus heavily on slowing the Saints' dynamic duo.

Saints: DE Trey Henderson (ankle), OL Terron Armstead (thigh) are QUESTIONABLE. Both rushed for more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage with Kamara perhaps the most electric of the two. He'll score another on a big play Sunday.

Add in his 826 receiving yards on 81 receptions and 13 total touchdowns, and it's easy to see why he leads the race for offensive rookie of the year.

Drew Brees may be the Saints' quarterback, but this is not his typical Saints team.

This was the longest play the Panthers had allowed all season long.

Cam Newton did not play well in two losses to the Saints this season. Covering Olsen will be important, but tackling him to prevent yards after catch will be crucial, too.