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The Good, Bad, and Ugly in Saints win over the Panthers

Kristian Garic
December 18, 2018 - 10:06 am
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A 12-9 win for the Saints is not common place in the Sean Payton era.  Some would call it an ugly win.  I call it an outstanding win on the road.  Winning a game like that shows me the Saints don’t have to score a bunch of points to claim victory.  That is encouraging.  The Saints wrapped up the regular season with a 7 and 1 record on the road.  That’s a sign of a great team. Here is the good, bad, and ugly from the Saints victory over the Panthers.

Good: Forget good, how about a GREAT Saints defense! When was the last time we were able to mention the Saints defense in the great conversation?  Go back to the “Dome Patrol” days. The Saints defense pitched a shutout in the second half for the third straight week.  The “Fleur De Lis D” also sacked Panthers QB Cam Newton four times. What’s more? The Saints held the Panthers to 247 net yards.  That’s impressive.

Bad: The Saints receiving corps has to step up outside of Mike Thomas.  I’m not worried about Drew Brees. I can’t say that enough.  The other receivers have to win their one on one matchups.  They haven’t recently. If that doesn’t get fixed, a Super Bowl season could spoil quickly for the Saints. Mike Thomas and Alvin Kamara were targeted nine times each against the Panthers.  The leading receiver after Kamara and Thomas, was targeted four times. That’s not going to cut it.

Ugly:  The Panthers fan base! Carolina fans are typically mild mannered. In this game Panthers fans were despicable. I will never condone cheering for a player when he gets hurt! That is classless.  Some of this bad sportsmanship was brought on by the fact that the Saints had previously beat the Panthers three times, and now four straight.  When punter Thomas Morstead was injured while getting a roughing the kicker penalty on Carolina, the Panthers fans cheered! That is disgusting!

 

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