3 ways the Saints could blow an easy Week 17 win

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 25: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the ball while being chased by Troy Pride Jr. #25 and Sam Franklin #42 of the Carolina Panthers in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 25, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 25: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the ball while being chased by Troy Pride Jr. #25 and Sam Franklin #42 of the Carolina Panthers in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 25, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints will finish out their season traveling to Carolina to play against the 5-10 Panthers, and they could end up beating themselves.

The New Orleans Saints season has seemed to follow the same pattern. They are currently going into Week 17 with an 11-4 record. That is one game behind their 13-3 finish last year, but they have still clinched the division and a playoff spot.

However, all four of their losses came in two pairs — one bad loss followed by an okay loss. First, it was the Raiders followed by the Packers; then it was the Eagles followed by the Chiefs. Outside of that, they have won 11 games this year.

They are looking to make it 12 with a regular-season finale win over the Panthers. The last time they played the Panthers it was 24-24 with seven minutes left and the Saints hit a field goal followed by a missed Panthers field goal to win 27-24.

That was a game that could have easily been dropped. Luckily, they pulled out the win there, but if they are not careful, they will drop this game. They need this win to stay in the No. 2 seed and have a chance for the No.1 seed.

They can’t underplay the 5-10 from Carolina.

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