New Orleans (10-4) enters today's football game with easy stakes to understand and execute. If they win, they will automatically win the NFC South regardless of how any other games pan out on Sunday. They will also lock up the number two seed in the NFC, meaning the Seahawks will likely be the only team ahead of them for home field advantage and they'll get to watch round 1 sitting on their couches.
The Saints faced the Panthers two weeks ago and took them down convincingly at home with a 31-13 win. That win propelled them into a situation to easily wrap up the NFC South last week against the St. Louis Rams, but instead, the Saints stumbled yet again on the road and lost 27-16 after trailing in the game by as many as 24 points. New Orleans has lost four of its past five road games and needs to beat the Panthers on the road today.
In that win against the Panthers, Drew Brees was on fire with 313 yards passing and four touchdown passes. While Brees has an excellent 73.2 completion percentage playing at home, he is markedly worse on the road with that percentage dropping down to 63.4. Additionally, Brees has thrown seven of his 10 interceptions on the road. Watch Panthers vs Saints online streaming live free on Fox today to see if Brees and the Saints can turn around their road misfortunes.
Carolina (10-4) has a couple different scenarios that can play out today. If they beat the Saints, which they are favored to do, then they'll be in the exact same situation in week 17 that the Saints are in today. Win out the season and the Panthers win the NFC South and secure the second seed. If they lose today they can still clinch a playoff wild card berth if the Cardinals and 49ers each lose, with Arizona playing Seattle on the road.
The Panthers play as well at home as the Saints do and hope to use that to their advantage today. They have run off six consecutive wins at home with a dominant defense that has pushed their average margin of victory to a whopping 18.7 points per game. Sacking Cam Newton is no easy task at home as it has only been done 10 times in a total of seven home games.
Today's marquee early Sunday NFL Football week 16 game between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers has a start time and kick-off at 1pm EST / 10am PST. The football game can be found on TV by dialing into Fox, so check those local listings where you live to find the Fox channel number and watch Saints vs Panthers on TV in stunning HD.
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