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2017 Schedule
1-2, 4th in NFC South
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Saints finally able to celebrate a win (0:55)
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Brees shares his views on protesting the national anthem (0:58)
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Payton disappointed in President Trump's comments (0:29)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees reiterated his stance from last year that he disagrees with using the national anthem as a time to protest – though he did stress that he also disagrees with the comments made by Donald Trump. “I acknowledge the protest, and I will say that they're justified in their reason. But I will never agree that it's OK to not show respect to the flag of the United States of America during the national anthem. That is the symbol of showing respect to our country. I won't,” Brees said. “I don't think that that's OK, because of all who have fought so hard and died and sacrificed so much for us to be able to have the things that we have, to live in the country we live in, to have the freedoms that we have. The very freedom of speech that we're talking about was born from that flag. I feel like the national anthem should be a unifying thing. This is a unifying thing, this is where we can all hold hands, stand arm in arm, but we stand up and show respect and we show that we're unified and that we will work to make things better."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Some very strong comments from Saints coach Sean Payton about his disappointment in what Donald Trump said Friday night: “I would say personally I'm disappointed in the comments that were made. I think we need a little bit more wisdom in that office. And that's being a little blunt, but that's how I feel. I want that guy to be one of the smarter guys in the room. And it seems like every time he's opening his mouth, it's something that is dividing our country and not pulling us together. And that has nothing to do with my feelings about the anthem. But it's just my take in 24 hours. So that's how I feel.” Payton added that he was proud of the 10 Saints players who sat on the bench during the national anthem and the four that stood with them (the first time any Saints had protested).

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Saints players protest while Panthers stand for anthem (0:15)
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Newton struggles as New Orleans rolls in Carolina (0:47)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey saw 11 targets today and finished with nine receptions for 101 yards. With Kelvin Benjamin now down with an injury, fantasy owners should expect McCaffrey to see consistent volume in the passing game.

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Newton picked off by Saints (0:27)
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Benjamin injured after awkward tackle (0:23)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints got a stunning bounce-back performance from the NFL's 32nd-ranked defense (three interceptions and four sacks). More importantly, they got a win they desperately needed – 34-13 – on the road over the rival Panthers, before heading out on a long flight to London to face the Dolphins.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints S Kenny Vaccaro follows up his tipped pass with an interception of his own to shut down a Carolina drive and protect the Saints' 27-13 lead with 6:58 remaining. What a response from the veteran after being benched last week.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

A spectacular one-handed interception by Saints rookie S Marcus Williams after a tipped pass by Kenny Vaccaro as this defense responds in a big way after miserable 0-2 start. It was also Vaccaro's biggest play to date after being benched a week ago.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' defense finally had a few of the big-play breakdowns that have been plaguing them all year as Carolina closed within 24-13 late in the third quarter -- including a 37-yard pass play to Christian McCaffrey and two long passes to Devin Funchess.

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Brees connects with Ginn on 40-yard TD (0:28)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees and Ted Ginn Jr. finally hook up with their first TD -- a 40-yarder -- after they missed on two other deep balls the last two weeks. And Ginn does it against his former team as New Orleans opens a 24-6 lead at Carolina. Who knew a game against Carolina and the NFL's No. 1-ranked defense is what it would take for the Saints to finally break out on offense?

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Brees makes TD pass look easy (0:20)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

A great first half for the desperate 0-2 Saints -- though would much rather be up 21-6 than 17-6 after they had first-and-Goal from the 3-yard line late in the half. They lost five yards on a toss to Mark Ingram and seven yards on a sack. But their offense is mostly playing great, mixing the pass and run, with 176 yards to Carolina's 124.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Great call on the Drew Brees TD pass to Brandon Coleman. Play action concept with Coleman showing a crack block before releasing over the top. Lot of eyes in the backfield for the Panthers defense.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints CB P.J. Williams with a big-time interception -- the first takeaway of the season for New Orleans' defense -- inside Panthers territory. Both of New Orleans' starting cornerbacks have stepped up today so far in the wake of a rash of injuries at the position.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints offense misses an opportunity they probably can't afford to miss -- Drew Brees overthrew a wide-open Ted Ginn Jr. on what would have been an easy 50-yard touchdown. Hard to say if Ginn got slowed up in traffic, but it continues a trend of Brees and the former Panthers speedster not quite having their rhythm down together yet this year.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints CB Ken Crawley, who started Sunday after being a healthy inactive the first two weeks, made a big-time third-down stop to force another Panthers field goal. Crawley snuffed out a WR screen pass to Curtis Samuel and dropped him for a 2-yard loss on third-and-6. Two of the Saints' top cornerbacks (Marshon Lattimore and Sterling Moore) are inactive this week because of injuries.

Team Stats

Passing Yards316.02nd
Rushing Yards70.528th
Points For19.5Tied-16th
Points Against32.531st

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