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Kelvin Benjamin leaves matchup against Saints with knee injury

Kelvin Benjamin leaves matchup against Saints with knee injury

Quarterback Drew Brees had a solid game of his own, tossing 356 yards and two touchdowns, but this one was over at halftime when New Orleans trailed 30-10.

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was intercepted three times, and he didn't play after the third pickoff late in the game. Newton completed 17 of 26 passes for 167 yards, and finished with a 43.8 passer rating, the third-lowest of his career.

Of course, this is assuming the Panthers can effectively execute on offense, something they have struggled with so far this season. It was Carolina's first touchdown in more than 130 minutes of game play.

After looking lost on offense through most of the first three quarters, Newton, McCaffrey and receiver Devin Fuchess put together a slick little six-play scoring drive that was highlighted by a huge 37-yard catch from McCaffrey and followed up by a 21-yard catch by Funchess. Granted, the Saints' defense is one of the worst in the league, but their offense always gives them a chance to stay in games, and New Orleans has gained a road warrior reputation for doing well against the number away from home.

New Orleans heads to face the division-rival Carolina Panthers with the goal of not repeating recent history on Sunday. Rookie running back Christian McCaffrey had a breakout game helping fill the void left by Benjamin as the team's best receiver on Sunday with 101 yards on nine receptions.

Five of the last seven contests were decided by a touchdown or less. He hit a 48-yarder in the second quarter to improve to 8-for-8 on field goals this season.

As far as the Carolina Panthers are concerned, this should be low hanging fruit in their offensive game plan.

At least a dozen Jaguars took a knee during the anthem, including defensive standouts Calais Campbell and Jalen Ramsey, as well as their No. 4 draft pick, running back Leonard Fournette.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Panthers LB Thomas Davis.

Benjamin suffered the injury in the first half when he was tackled from behind and had his leg pinned in an awkward position. Willie Snead is suspended for three games so Thomas and Ginn team with tight end Coby Fleener, he has two touchdowns. Fantasy owners would be wise to do so for next week's trip to New England. Sep.

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