- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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A quick recap of New Orleans’ 34-3 victory over Carolina.
What it means: This game went exactly the way you would expect. The Saints, who haven’t been dominant this season, were dominant. The Panthers, who’ve been pathetic all season, were pathetic and had injuries (quarterback Matt Moore and running back Jonathan Stewart) added to insult.
What’s next: The Saints are very much in the NFC South race at 6-3 and they’re heading into their bye week. That might help get running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas back on the field and give some other banged-up guys a chance to rest. The Saints are off until Nov. 21 when they host Seattle. The next stop on what appears to be the end of the John Fox tenure in Carolina is a road trip to Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Stat of the day: Carolina finished with 68 passing yards. Seriously.
Sunday night quarterback: I didn’t think it was Fox’s idea to draft Jimmy Clausen because Fox doesn’t believe in drafting quarterbacks to play right away. Fox always has felt that way and it probably was more true than ever as he entered the season without a contract beyond this year. It’s safe to say either owner Jerry Richardson or general manager Marty Hurney made the call on Clausen. It’s becoming more and more obvious Fox isn’t a Clausen fan. He had to play him after Moore got hurt, but Fox yanked Clausen in favor of fellow rookie Tony Pike. If Moore can’t play next week, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fox start Pike.