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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - While much of the talk was about whether New Orleans could win a big game — or any game, for that matter — on the road, the conversation in the Saints locker room was about something completely different.Revenge.The Saints werent focused on breaking a seven-game road losing streak dating to last season. They were stinging from their four-point loss at Carolina last December that allowed the Panthers to take control of the NFC South lead and eventually win the division title.So New Orleans 28-10 victory Thursday night left the Saints (4-4) feeling pretty good.We knew we had a chance to take control of the division, said Mark Ingram, who ran for 100 yards on 30 carries. We lost to them here at the end of last year so we felt like we left something here. We had to come back and take care of business.Said Saints coach Sean Payton: We had a hard loss here last year, a tough loss. At halftime, we talked about that finish.The Saints are .500 for the first time this season and right that is good enough to lead the NFC South. And they are clearly playing better than any of their division rivals.Here are some things we learned from the Saints victory over the Panthers (3-5-1):SAINTS COME RUNNING IN: The Saints are dangerous enough with Drew Brees, but the idea of the New Orleans having a running game is downright scary. Ingram has rushed for 272 yards and three touchdowns in back-to-back wins. It wasnt always pretty, and yet, we were able to control the game a little bit, Payton said. That was a big plus. The Saints are putting up big numbers with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson still out with injuries.HARDY GONE FOR SEASON: The Panthers certainly need help on defence, but it isnt going to come in the form of Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy. A person familiar with the situation says Hardys domestic violence appeal trial set for Nov. 17 has been postponed until next year, meaning his season — and his career — with Carolina could be over. The Panthers placed Hardy on the exempt-commissioners permission list Sept. 17. He isnt allowed to return until after his trial is resolved. He will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.WHERES THE OFFENSE: The Panthers have failed to break the 10-point plateau in each of the last two games. Cam Newton has not thrown a TD pass in either game, although rookie Kelvin Benjamin has dropped two passes in the end zone. Everybodys looking for a magic play, said Newton, who misfired on 18 of 28 passes and threw for 151 yards. Everybodys looking for somebody to say something, for somebody to do something and take responsibility for themselves. I know I am. I need to be better.BENJAMINS STRUGGLES: For the second straight week, Panthers rookie Benjamin dropped a potential TD pass in the end zone. Newton bailed him out by rushing for a touchdown a few plays later, but its becoming a problem for a team that is struggling to put points on the board. I thought the ball was delivered at a pretty good spot, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said of the drop. It was coming in hot and there was a defender on him but he has made those catches and as he grows and develops as a receiver hell know he has to make all those plays.PROTECTING CAM: Clearly Carolinas injuries on the offensive line have become an issue. The injury-plagued Panthers played without three starters on the offensive line, including left tackle Byron Bell. Both starting guards were also out. Against the Saints the Panthers started a pair of undrafted rookies in left tackle David Foucault and left guard Andrew Norwell. 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Memphis Depay Jersey . On Saturday night, Winnipegs strong offense was again accompanied by some fantastic pitching which gave the Fish a commanding victory.PHILADELPHIA - A lead scientist studying the brains of deceased athletes with brain trauma has criticized the proposed NFL concussion settlement, because it would not compensate retirees who exhibit mood swings, aggression, depression or other aberrant behaviour.Boston University researcher Robert Stern said that many of the 76 deceased NFL players found to have the brain decay known as CTE would not have qualified for awards had they lived. Some never developed the dementia, Alzheimers and other neurological problems covered in the minimum $765 million settlement.CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, can cause either cognitive or behavioural disorders, or both, according to Sterns research, which includes interviews with the families of 33 deceased athletes. The behavioural and mood problems can include violence, social isolation, drug overdoses and suicide, Stern wrote in a court affidavit this week.Thats what started the whole discussion (of NFL concussions) and its not compensated, Stern told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. Repetitive hits to the head do not lead to Alzheimers disease. They lead to CTE, if anything.A federal judge in Philadelphia plans to weigh final objections to the settlement next month. However, the nearly 20,000 retired players eligible must decide whether to opt out by next week.I dont want to play an adversarial role, Stern said. I want a settlement to go through, I just dont want a settlement to go through without people understanding what it truly means.In his affidavit, Stern, of the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, noted that individuals with impaired mood and behaviour can still experience devastating changes in their lives, even without significant cognitive impairment.(They include) ... the inability to maintain employment, homelessness, social isolation, domestic abuse, divorce, substance abuse, excessive gambling, poor finnancial decision-making, and death from accidental drug overdose or suicide, he wrote.ddddddddddddThe NFL would pay $765 million under the plan to fund claims over the next 65 years, and more if needed. The individual awards would reach $1 million to $5 million for the most severe neurological problems, such as Lou Gehrigs disease or Parkinsons disease. The average award for moderate dementia or Alzheimers disease is likely to be $190,000.The settlement also provides up to $4 million for CTE-linked deaths through July 7, when Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody granted preliminary approval. However, they will not be covered in the future, in part out of concerns about financially-motivated suicides.CTE can only be diagnosed after death at the moment, although Stern expects that to change within five to 10 years.The proposed class-action settlement, which may cost the NFL an additional $112 million in plaintiffs lawyer fees, followed more than a year of negotiations between the NFL and the lead players lawyers.Lead players lawyers Christopher Seeger and Sol Weiss on Wednesday again called the deal an extraordinary settlement for retired NFL players and their families a€” from those who suffer with neurocognitive illnesses today, to those who are currently healthy but fear they may develop symptoms decades into the future.Only nine ex-players have formally opted out of the settlement, signalling they will pursue individual lawsuits against the NFL. Lawyers representing hundreds of others have raised various concerns about the deal a€” especially given the NFLs nearly $10 billion in annual revenues. Some have asked Brody to extend Tuesdays opt-out deadline.Stern attached his concerns to an objection filed this week by seven former players represented by lawyer Stephen Molo.CTE is the industrial disease of football, Molo said, and CTE goes effectively uncompensated in this entire sham of a deal. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '