AFR: Sunday's win shows the Saints still care

. - Question their talent. Question their decisions. Just don't question the 2015 Saints' heart.

The Saints may not have the roster they once had. But they do have the integrity. They care about their craft and their profession. And that's important.

That's the biggest takeaway I picked up from Sunday's 24-17 win over Tampa Bay.

Staring at a four-game losing streak, without their Pro Bowl running back, it would have been easy to coast through Sunday and the final quarter of their season. You know, like they did just one year ago.

But not again.

Instead, the Saints manned up and played their most complete game of the season.

"I've said it from the very beginning. We have the right type of guys, we have a great character, " Brees said following a historic day for him where he surpassed Dan Marino for fourth on the career touchdown pass list.

It's something he's said several times before. On days like Sunday it showed. The win not only validated the hard work they've put in but also some of the roster moves to get better pro's in the locker room.

Many may question why the Saints would even want to win. With nothing to play for, more losses means a better draft choice. I, too, have entertained this logic. But then I saw Tim Hightower hugging each player as they walked into the locker room post-game. I saw the looks of pure joy on their faces. I saw how much it meant to them. Then I realized why, as Herm Edwards once said, 'you play to win the game.'

And while the Saints haven't won nearly enough this season, there is some comfort in knowing they have enough pride to try, regardless of what their record is.

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