Panthers vs. Saints: 5 Things to Watch for on Sunday

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Panthers vs. Saints: 5 Things to Watch for on Sunday
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The New Orleans Saints are wrapping up their third straight 10-plus win season and are heading to the playoffs for the third year in a row.

They will be hosting the division rival Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

The Saints are looking to secure a win in hopes that it will reward them with the NFC's second seed, but the Panthers look to play spoiler. I believe the Panthers remember the game earlier this year when the Saints came into Carolina and walked away victorious.

The Panthers want nothing more than to come into New Orleans and beat Drew Brees and the Saints.

The Saints are undoubtedly not overlooking this young Carolina team, but they have clinched the NFC South and a playoff spot. They will be looking for the win, but more importantly they will be looking to improve for the postseason.

There are no questions for the offense, as they have proved that they are the best in the business. However, the Saints defense still has a couple of question marks, and this game against the Panthers should show us what to expect from the defense against a great offense.

As always, there are many important things in a football game, but let's look at five things we should keep an eye on throughout Sunday's game.

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