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The good, the bad, and the ugly from the Saints’ win against the Panthers

New Orleans gets back in win column against Carolina.

Carolina Panthers v New Orleans Saints Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The Good: Winning

Despite how bad the New Orleans Saints looked Sunday and how bad they have looked the past few weeks; it is still good to escape with a win. The Saints are 6-7 and still tied for first in the division with games against the Falcons and Buccaneers still pending.

The Bad: Passing game

Derek Carr barely managed to outperform Bryce Young in what was his second game in the last four with fewer than 120 yards. Carr completed just 18 of 26 passes and averaged 4.6 yards per completion. He did play through injury but still had another incredibly slow start. If the Saints were playing any other team, they would have lost because of this, but thankfully they were playing the worst team in the league.

Carolina Panthers v New Orleans Saints Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Th Ugly: Play calling

Despite playing poorly, it is unfair to put the Saints offensive struggles all on Derek Carr. The play calling by Pete Carmichael has been the worst in the NFL, and it was more of the same on Sunday. The Saints offense stalled for most of the game despite the Panthers being unable to muster anything themselves on offense. Through three quarters, the Saints offense had just 7 points. If not for the blocked punt for a touchdown, the Saints would have been barely ahead of the worst team in the league. A sidenote to this point would be that Jimmy Graham managed to score yet again, and that it was inexplicable that he was not used in the red zone throughout the season.

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