Quick Take: Saints stymie hapless Dolphins

It was over when ...
Miami decided not to start its first-string offensive players. A first-quarter touchdown was all New Orleans needed to come away with a 7-0 victory.

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For the second straight week, Saints backup running back Pierre Thomas was outstanding. The rookie carried the ball 16 times for 81 yards and a touchdown, and he also added 47 yards receiving on two catches. Dolphins counterpart Patrick Cobbs was also notable, accounting for 83 total yards.

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Miami quarterbacks John Beck and Gibran Hamdan threw four interceptions and failed to record a touchdown.

The Saints defense pitched a shutout, surrendered only nine first downs, forced four turnovers and gave up just 121 total yards in a dominating performance.

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