Saints vs Panthers Recap: The Agony of Da-feet in the Bayou

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Nov 24, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers kicker Joey Slye (4) reacts to missing a field goal late in the second half against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The holder was Michael Palardy (5). The Saints won, 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday resulted in another agonizing loss for the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers were in New Orleans this past Sunday, hoping to keep their playoff hopes still alive. Needless to say, they were unsuccessful. The Saints let the Panthers back into the game near the end. Allen was able to connect on some passes, and an overturned pass interference no-call set them up to take the lead.

Carolina’s rookie kicker Joey Slye ended his bad day of kicking with a missed field goal, which allowed the Saints to drive down the field and get the win. Let’s take a look at some of the takeaways from this game.

The Panthers have a #1 receiver

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Wide receiver D.J. Moore is coming into his own in Carolina and is proving to people why he should be their number one receiver. The two-year guy out of Maryland had a hundred yard game against the Saints, pushing his yearly total on receiving yards to over 900.

This quite amazing considering just how up in the air the quarterback position has been for the Panthers this year. Moore is still young, but he is super talented. He deserves some recognition for the steps he has made to improve his craft. Through a somewhat dark and dismal past couple of weeks, Moore has been a bright spot showing that he is a receiver for the Panthers to use in the future as the signs and predictions of a rebuild get louder.

Kyle Allen went toe to toe with Drew Brees

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 24: Kyle Allen #7 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates a touchdown scored by Christian McCaffrey #22 against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter in the game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on November 24, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Carolina’s quarterback Kyle Allen made vast improvements this week as he went toe to toe with the one and only Drew Brees. Allen has had some tough weeks in the past, but this week he did really well. He had a completion percentage of almost 64%, 256 passing yards, and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

Brees, on the other hand, had a completion percentage of over 70%, 311 passing yards, and three touchdowns with one interception. Overall, Allen’s performance was much welcomed and was great to see considering the rough couple of weeks the young gun has had since the Panthers came off of their bye week.

Another agonizing loss for the Panthers

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It seemed as if the Panthers were finally going to be able to get a game to swing in their favor, but it wasn’t meant to be. The loss in New Orleans adds to the list of heartbreaking defeats the team has endured this season. First was their loss at home this year to Tampa, where McCaffrey was a yard shy of scoring. Then came the loss against Green Bay, where a similar situation happened. Lastly came this past Sunday, where special teams were the killer. It has been a frustrating season for Carolina. They have been unable to get offense, defense, and special teams on the same page.

Outlook for next week

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 24: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers warms up prior the game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes Benz Superdome on November 24, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The Panthers return to Charlotte this week to take on the Washington Redskins. This game will be a defining moment for the Panthers. They will try to get back to .500 and also end a three-game skid. If the Panthers fail to win this game, it is clear that the coaching staff and front office in Carolina need to change. The team needs to pull together, get some wins, to at least try and finish the season off on a good note.

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