10 quick thoughts from the Panthers win at Saints in Week 18

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D’Onta Foreman’s ejection shouldn’t change his fate

The Carolina Panthers were dealt a blow early in the third quarter when D’Onta Foreman was ejected for throwing a punch at Marcus Davenport, who was also disqualified following the altercation that he instigated. This came after the running back put together a series of impressive carries en route to 67 rushing yards on the day.

Even though this wasn’t the way Foreman wanted to end his outstanding season, it shouldn’t change the narrative. Carolina has to make a concerted effort to bring him back in 2023.

Frankie Luvu finished with a flourish

Even though there was a preseason feel to Carolina’s final game, Frankie Luvu was in no mood for anything less than 100 percent commitment. The outside linebacker was seemingly everywhere once again, ensuring his exceptional 2022 campaign finished in the brightest way possible.

Luvu is an integral part of the Panthers’ defense after his promotion to the starting lineup. With one year remaining on his deal, it might be worth those in power getting the Washington State product tied down long-term to avoid paying more down the line.

Carolina Panthers WRs couldn’t get open

One thing that stood out considerably throughout the game was how well the New Orleans Saints secondary coped with the Panthers’ wide receivers. Whether it was in man or zone coverage, the clamps were put on emphatically almost from start to finish.

This made it almost impossible to gain any progress through the air. It also had Sam Darnold scrambling for his life behind an offensive line missing Brady Christensen and Austin Corbett.