Thoughts: Watching live, I felt like Moore was playing more than he had in recent weeks. But that wasn't the case. In fact, Moore (28 snaps) and Stills (40 snaps) both wound up hitting the exact number of their average snap count from the previous six weeks -- which I outlined in an extensive breakdown of Moore's playing time on Sunday morning. Moore just wound up getting more early targets, finishing with three catches for 40 yards. … Strief's injured ankle obviously held up well. He played every snap and appeared to hold up well. … Sproles' snap count continues to be low every week. I know he also returns punts, and he gets used more when the Saints are in their hurry-up, two-minute offense. But I wonder if coach Sean Payton isn't intentionally trying to keep him fresh for later in the season like he did with Reggie Bush in 2009. … Hill played only one snap before leaving the game with a hamstring injury. The severity is unknown.
Thoughts: The Saints went with their most traditional lineup for much of this game, with four down linemen, two true linebackers, two cornerbacks and three safeties. They did start out in the 3-4 with Haralson on one edge. But they didn't use the five-linebacker packages they had used against both San Francisco (successfully) and Seattle (unsuccessfully). Not sure if that would have been the game plan all along against Carolina -- or if defensive coordinator Rob Ryan decided to go back to his base package after some new tricks backfired against the Seahawks. … Speaking of sticking with the base, the Saints clearly decided to lean heavily on both Galette and Jordan, playing them almost every snap. Good move. That's an especially high snap count for Galette, who had three sacks in the game. … Bunkley was limited by a back injury during the game, and the severity of the injury is unknown.