Saints' second half propels them to shutout win vs. Dolphins

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Drew Brees says New Orleans Saints will kneel before national anthem then stand for it at Wembley
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02 October, 2017

What it means: The Saints' revitalized defense will truly be tested in the next two games (versus the Detroit Lions in Week 6, then at the Green Bay Packers in Week 7). Miami (1-2) finished with 186 total yards - its fewest since its last shutout, a 19-0 loss at Buffalo on December 22, 2013.

Earlier, Trump had posted on Twitter: "Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem". In the receiving end, Michael Thomas posted 87 yards and a touchdown in seven receptions while Ted Ginn Jr. added 44 yards and a touchdown in two catches.

Look for a big game from running back Jay Ajayi and wid receiver DeVante Parker.

Brees' first throw on three of the four first half drives went to Thomas, who had the size and positional awareness to out-muscle the Dolphins corners on nearly any route.

The Saints followed a similar schedule the previous time they played in London, when they beat the San Diego Chargers 37-32 in 2008. A report by Adam Schefter states that Ajayi will play in the London game.

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An undrafted free agent out of Colorado in 2016, Crawley started after P.J. Williams was disciplined for an unspecified violation of team rules and intercepted Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler to end the first drive of the game. "Regardless of anything else I did these last couple of days, this was the primary objective, and we didn't get that done". Out of fairness, the Saints' systems were turned off, forcing both teams to use hand signals for coach-to-player communications.

Once play got under way there was a sign of things to come for Ajayi when he was knocked back for no gain from the first offensive play of the game.

The Saints players knelt together as a team before the national anthem and then stood together during the playing of the anthem, performed by Darius Rucker, in a planned show of unity.

"The emoji, that was really cool to see that", Ajayi said. And yet, curiously, 80,000 people seemed to find it a good enough way to spend three hours as the Saints won the second London match of the season 20-0.

Also, two members of the Detroit Lions - Steve Longa and Jalen Reeves-Maybin - knelt during the anthem, with Tahir Whitehead standing between them.


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