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Back on track: Brees, Saints roll past woeful Panthers

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New Orleans Saints’ Jabari Greer celebrates after returning an interception for a touchdown in the second half of the Saints’ 34-3 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. (The Associated Press)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The record is not as flashy, the offensive numbers not as gaudy and the New Orleans Saints aren’t running away from the competition like last year.

The defending Super Bowl champions still like where they sit, however.

Of course, everybody seems to gain confidence playing the dreadful Carolina Panthers.

With Drew Brees shaking off an early interception to throw two touchdown passes and Jabari Greer’s interception return giving the defense its first TD of the season, New Orleans routed the Panthers 34-3 Sunday.

The Saints (6-3) overcame the loss of tight end Jeremy Shockey to a rib injury after his touchdown catch to stay a half-game behind Atlanta in the NFC South.

Rookie tight end Jimmy Graham caught his first NFL TD in Shockey’s absence and the Saints held Carolina to 195 yards for their second straight win.

“We’re used to last year where we ran off 13 in a row. That’s hard to do,” Brees said.

“You know that feeling once you get on a roll and you feel like everything is going to go our way. You just believe it. We want to get back to that feeling again.”

Building off an emotional home victory over Pittsburgh a week earlier, the Saints never gave the Panthers (1-7) a chance.

Carolina lost quarterback Matt Moore and running back Jonathan Stewart to first-half injuries, further depleting the league’s worst offense.

Rookie QB Jimmy Clausen was later benched and the Panthers finished with 195 yards.

“Pretty pathetic,” said receiver Steve Smith, who was held without a catch until the final minute.

“That would be the only thing I have to say. There are no explanations, no


Brees overcame his 12th interception to complete 27 of 43 passes for 253 yards. He was replaced by Chase Daniel after Ladell Betts’ 1-yard TD run made it 34-3 with

8:12 left.

It ensured the Saints would enter their bye week with as many wins as any team in the NFC.

“I think that this was a game that is really going to give our team the confidence, the know-how and the blueprint to get to where we want to get to,” Greer said.

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November 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm

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