New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers: 3 key matchups (1 Viewer)

By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

With three games to go, the New Orleans Saints have already locked up an NFC South championship and have their sights set on home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Panthers' playoff hopes are on life support, meanwhile, thanks to a five-game losing streak that spoiled a nice 6-2 start to the season. In order to make the playoffs, Carolina likely has to win all of its last three games, and its schedule includes two games against the division champion Saints.

Here are three key matchups that should play a key role in either of these teams chasing down their remaining 2018 goals.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey vs. Saints LB Demario Davis

The Carolina offense this season has largely been run through McCaffrey, who has been one of the NFL’s best all-purpose players this season.

The second-year running back has accounted for 41.6 percent of the Panthers’ offensive touches this season, including 86 of the team’s 306 receptions — almost 40 more receptions than his next closest teammate. ...

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