Sept 16, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) before a game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
The Saints travel to Charlotte, North Carolina tonight, as they face their NFC South division rivals the Carolina Panthers for the 2nd time this season on NBC Thursday Night Football.
New Orleans (4-5) is coming off their last second heart-breaking / soul-crushing defeat at the hands of Denver; while Carolina (3-6) blew a 17-point lead at home last week before losing to Kansas City.
For all intent and purposes: the loser of this game will be ELIMINATED from any realistic playoff chances in the NFC.
The odds are most definitely stacked against the visiting Saints entering this contest.
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Going into a hostile environment against a bitter rival in prime time is difficult enough, but road teams have not fared well in these short week Thursday Night games.
In this 2016 season alone thus far, the away teams have a record of only 3-7.
Add in the well-known fact that New Orleans lost in such demoralizing fashion last week, cornerback Delvin Breaux could miss another game due to an injury setback and offensive left tackle Terron Armstead will miss due to injury; and this game could spell trouble — with a capital T.
Yet, there are a few things about this team that are very encouraging entering into the most vital game of their season.
If you’ve got a minute or two, let’s take a look at some of those things that could propel this young “never-say-die” Saints team to a victory tonight, against all odds.
Starting first with this……