CenturyLink Field is notoriously one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. It’s also a very tough place for a team to come in and win. Given the Saints were being written off without Drew Brees, many saw this as a lost trip. The Saints weren’t interested in obliging the haters.
New Orleans jumped on Seattle early with a punt return by the electric Deonte Harris. Harris has shown his youth in this early season, but he also shows a speed and quickness we haven’t seen from returners since at least the Reggie Bush days. Seattle tied it up but then the Saints went on to score three unanswered touchdowns, including a fumble returned for a TD and had a 27-7 lead on the Seahawks going into the 4th quarter.
The Black and Gold added a TD in the fourth quarter while Seattle tried to mount a comeback, but the hole was too deep for them to climb out.
In this game, we began to see some tell-tale signs of life on defense. Vonn Bell seemed to find a bit of his stride in this game. Marcus Davenport seemed to begin to turn the corner from freakishly gifted to knowledgeable player. He was, is and still will make some young-man mistakes on the field, but he’s more often putting himself in places to succeed. And the line started to get their giddy-up on.
Offensively, we didn’t perform outstandingly but we improved on the prior week. Bridgewater was not super sharp, but he looked more comfortable than in the Rams game where he was thrust in.
Alvin Kamara flashed his typical brilliance and with two non-offensive scores and the defense playing well for three quarters, it was less imperative for the offense to do more than they did.