The early run-game success (see above) will get the Saints linebackers to bite on play-action fakes, creating some space for Olsen in the secondary. The Saints won both meetings in the regular season, and rather easily, too, but defeating a team three times in no season is no easy task. He turned those two rush attempts into 37 yards and a touchdown in route to a 34-13 victory.
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.
Sporting News will be providing live updates throughout Sunday's game. Both rushed for more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage with Kamara perhaps the most electric of the two.
Saints: DE Trey Henderson (ankle), OL Terron Armstead (thigh) are QUESTIONABLE.
McCaffrey hasn't measured up to Kamara's incredible rookie campaign, but with 435 rushing yards, 651 receiving yards and seven total touchdowns, McCaffrey is certainly a threat.
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Cam Newton did not play well in two losses to the Saints this season. Kamara added to his impressive resume this week when ESPN Stats & Information revealed that his 7.7 yards per touch is the highest single-season average in National Football League history among players with at least 200 offensive touches.
The 32-year-old followed that monster performance with three catches for 27 yards in Week 16 and one catch for 10 yards in Week 10.
But Cam comes alive on the big stage, and with a home crowd comes pressure for a Saints team that hasn't had much play-off football of late.
With Vaccaro out, safety Vonn Bell will likely match up with Olsen the most on Sunday.