The New Orleans Saints are sitting atop the NFC South with an 8-3 record, tied with the Carolina Panthers.
This Sunday the Panthers come to town for a showdown with the lead in the division on the line.
Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and A.J. Klein talk about the match-up.
“I’ll be honest with you,” Brees said. “It’s really narrowing the focus to one game and still striving to find our best game. Obviously coming off a loss on the road we want to rally. We want to get back on the winning track, especially the scenario with the team we’re playing with the divisional opponent with the same record as us, both fighting for the same thing. This is a very important game.”
Brees also admits this weekend’s game finds Carolina coming in with momentum.
“They’re playing extremely well,” Brees said. “Obviously it’s been a little while since we played these guys. Week three was when we last played them. They’ve always played with a ton of confidence and that comes from some real veteran guys on their defense, obviously their two linebackers, Thomas Davis and Luke Keuchly, and now Shaq Thompson who plays this really versatile role for them is playing extremely well. Kurt Coleman in the secondary is a veteran guy. He’s been around a long time. Mike Adams. they’ve got the two young corners who are playing very, very well, and their front four, they rotate guys through, but those guys are playing extremely well both in their run and pass rush. So really there’s no chink in the armor here. These guys are an extremely solid defense. They do many, many things well and they’re playing very well right now.
“Listen, this is a tough stretch,” Brees concluded. “As tough a stretch as we could possibly have, but it’s good for us, it’s good for us. We need to this. Hopefully it brings out our best football.”
Running back Kamara echoed Brees’ appreciation for the Panther defense.
“Of course that front, they are a disruptive front, and like you said, Thomas Davis and Luke Keuchly, those guys are elite players,” Kamara said. “They make a lot of plays in space. They can run, so that’s really one of the big things that popped out on the screen when you watched them that first time.”
Linebacker Klein was more focused on the Pnathers’ offensive weapons.
“I think Cam’s playing a lot better this time around,” Klein said. “I know he’s using his legs a little bit more. But they are still trying to feed the ball to McCaffrey. So going forward, obviously a lot of weapons. I think Funchess has come alive. he’s been playing really well. Just continue to break down this tape. obviously it’s going to be a great game, competitive game. and we have our hands full again this week.”