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Saints: How to beat the Panthers

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Oct 16, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Daniel Lasco (36) and quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrate following a win against the Carolina Panthers in a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Panthers 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Daniel Lasco (36) and quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrate following a win against the Carolina Panthers in a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Panthers 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 16, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Panthers 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Panthers 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

Keeping Brees upright

The Panthers may not have Von Miller, but their front seven is nothing to scoff at. The Saints have had remarkable success protecting Brees this year, and they’ll need to continue that if the offense wants to flourish.

This is so crucial because, if the last Saints-Panthers game was any indication, the Saints will not be running the ball very often. That means potential third-and-long situations, and that the Panthers’ D-Line will be able to pin their ears back early and often.

It would obviously be hugely helpful if Terron Armstead can suit up. But even when he plays, he hasn’t been his former self. The knee injury has really taken its toll on his agility and strength. Fortunately, Andrus Peat has been a wonderful stand-in at LT. The real hit to Armstead’s absence is that Kelemete replaces Peat at LG. And that’s assuming Kelemete can play after leaving the Broncos game for a stretch.

Whatever the Saints have done so far in pass protection scheming has worked. Let’s hope they keep it up.

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