Saints run over Panthers; take control of NFC South

Saints alone atop NFC South after 31-21 win over Panthers

Saints run over Panthers; take control of NFC South

NEW ORLEANS - gave an entertaining description this week about how he goes into " when he makes defenders miss all over the field.

The Saints took on Carolina twice this season with the end result the same.

With linebackers Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson slowed by injuries, the middle of the field was vulnerable and the Saints running backs were even more unsafe in open space. Kamara was asked to sum up his play against the Panthers. "But he's got some elite ability". New Orleans scored on a two yard run by Kamara on fourth down on the first possession of the game.

The New Orleans Saints knew exactly what they were doing when they traded a second-round pick in the 2018 National Football League draft for a third-round pick in the 2017 draft.

"I didn't realize it until Michael handed me the ball", Brees said.

Kamara finished with 60 rushing yards, 66 receiving yards and two touchdown runs. The Saints rushed for 148 yards, with Ingram gaining 85.

An already hard task for the Panthers - on the road with some key players out of action - was made more hard by a myriad of mistakes and bevy of bad breaks. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, they're the first RB duo to do that since the ' Roger Craig and Wendell Tyler in 1985.

Carolina entered the game ranked second defensively overall and third against the run, allowing 83.2 yards per game. Kamara and Ingram have combined for 200-plus yards from scrimmage in five straight games.

Of the three-game homestand the Panthers are about to have, linebacker Luke Kuechly said: "Yeah - we've got to win them all".

RAVENS 44, LIONS 20: Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns, and Baltimore (7-5) survived a strong comeback bid by Matthew Stafford and the visiting Lions (6-6). The Panthers lost by 10 points on the road this time after losing by 21 in Charlotte to the same team in September.

But the number that means most of all is 9-3. Can the Saints win out and go a flawless 6-0 in the NFC South? But regardless of how the balance of the game-deciding plays went against the Panthers, the Saints were the better team on this day. The Saints play at Atlanta Thursday night.

You simply can not say enough about how much Kamara and Ingram - and the blockers paving the way for them - have meant to New Orleans this season. Nothing has been as consistent as the Kamara-Ingram duo.

With the game winding down and the Saints trying to sink the dagger into Carolina, Brees unleashed a 32-yard dart to Thomas down the left sideline that set up the Saints' final score in a 31-21 win.

They put their fate in the hands of Kamara and Ingram once again.

Everyone knows just how big this game is.

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