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Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte.
When: Friday October 31, 00:25 (UK time)
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The New Orleans Saints sealed a morale-boosting win over the Packers last time out, now they take on NFC South rivals the Carolina Panthers in need of another.
A win would take the Saints above the Panthers for top spot in a weak division, but they will have to avoid an eighth straight regular-season road defeat on Thursday night.
Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 311 yards with three touchdowns while Mark Ingram ran for a career-high 172 yards as New Orleans forced three turnovers against Green Bay in an all-round impressive performance.
That moved them to 3-4 for the season, and in a division in which no team has a winning record, coach Sean Payton is confident that they are still involved in the race for first place.
Naturally, Carolina (3-4-1) will be determined to prevent that from happening, but having won just once after a 2-0 start to the season, the alarm bells are starting to ring for the franchise.
They will be boosted by the return of running back DeAngelo Williams, but quarterback Cam Newton will need to do more after being held to 181 passing yards and being sacked four times in a home victory over the Saints in December last year.
Newton has thrown four touchdowns, run for two and been picked off twice while putting together a 2-1 record at home against the Saints, while Brees has two touchdowns, four interceptions and a 73.1 passer rating while losing the last two at Carolina.
This is a finely balanced contest between two teams desperate to secure the win, and it will potentially come down to which signal-caller can have the smartest game in crunch time.