Mouton: Saints one win away from all their regular season goals

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Two games at home and they need just one win and they'd be the number one seed in the playoffs, just like back in '09.

By Doug Mouton

The Saints got a huge win in Carolina, and, as they have for the past six weeks, the Saints defense was the difference.

Since the Eli Apple trade, the defense has elevated. I though the difference-maker in Carolina was Vonn Bell, who might have had his best game as a Saints player.

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He was tremendous but Demario Davis, Cam Jordan, Eli Apple – it was a terrific effort from the defense across the board. Carolina had 247 of total offense.

The Saints offense sputtered. The passing game wasn’t great. You can see some issues continuing to come up, like with finding that second option (at receiver), which for now seems to be Keith Kirkwood. But what the Saints did on offense was they ran it effectively enough, they had 155 yards. They possessed the ball for 35 minutes, and, when they needed it, they got two big fourth quarter drives. The first one was an 11-play beauty that led to the Alvin Kamara that put the Saints ahead. Then they had a 14-play drive that helped kill the clock. Obviously Tommylee Lewis fumbled on the goal line, which was terrible. But, when they had to turn it on in the fourth quarter, they did. ...

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