New Orleans Saints: Will fans see Minneapolis miracle 2.0 in 2019?

Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /
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Diggs vs Williams

Having a solid season, Stefon Diggs was a third-year wide receiver two years ago.

Diggs had 849 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns during the regular season, but he was especially effective in his last few matchups with the Saints. Diggs caught 13 passes for 230 yards and three scores in the two meetings against New Orleans.

Diggs has only continued to get better as a receiver since that season. In 2018, he eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving and dominated against the Saints again.

Even in a 20-30 loss to New Orleans, Diggs hauled in 10 passes for 119 yards and a score. This year has been even better for him despite some frustrations with the locker room in Minnesota.

Marcus Williams, the player on the receiving end of the unfortunate result of the Minneapolis Miracle, has also changed since that moment. Like many expected, Williams experienced heavy blame for the loss.

After a sophomore slump, many thought that he might decline as a player because of a loss of confidence. However, Williams decided to turn the event on its head and use it as motivation in a tweet he posted in March of 2018.

Williams was praised for a great rookie season prior to the infamous moment.

In 2017, Williams totaled four interceptions, seven passes defended, and 73 total tackles. In 2019, Williams already has another four interceptions, his first career touchdown, a forced fumble and 13 passes defended.

With a Saints’ secondary that has been in flux this season with some deep passing troubles, Williams has re-established himself as a strong piece of the defense that can be depended on. He will be looking to prove himself again in the Wild Card matchup.