Drew Brees and the Saints offense seem to be back on track. Brees threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns against the NFL's fourth-ranked defense in a 34-3 win on the road Sunday afternoon at the Carolina Panthers.

"It's a divisional game on the road." said Brees. "These count double I think for us, also getting into the bye week. To go into the bye week 6-3, despite everything that's happened at this point. I think we feel very good about that, and still knowing that our best football is ahead."

The Saints Defense held Carolina to just 195 yards of total offense, and finished the game with four sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception returned for a touchdown by Jabari Greer in the third quarter. Greer's pick 6 was the first defensive score of the season for the Saints

"It feels good. You know the way our guys fought, scratched. We really wanted this," Greer said after the game. "We really needed this game. So we went out there and got it."

Malcolm Jenkins agreed. "I don't think you can really ask for much more than that from the secondary standpoint. From the defensive standpoint, I think we all played well. I think we're definitely happy with the way the defense played. And we can keep moving from here."

Jeremy Shockey injured his ribs on the Saints first score. Shockey hauled in a 7 yard pass from Brees in the endzone. His 500th career catch, but he didn't return.

The Saints have back to back wins for the first time since the opening weeks of the season. New Orleans ise now 6-3 on the season headed into the bye week.