3 takeaways from Saints commanding home win over Tampa Bay

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - SEPTEMBER 13: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - SEPTEMBER 13: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Latavius Murray’s workload is where we have always wanted

Last season the workload split at the running back spot between Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray was lopsided. Murray was looked at as more of Kamara’s backup and not a player there to spell or relieve Kamara and have a part in the offense.

We spent all last season hoping that Murray would play a bigger part based on what we’ve seen of him. Kamara has his specialty — catching the ball out of the backfield and using his elusiveness to get downfield. Murray has his specialty — running the ball between tackles north to south.

Latavius Murray rushed 15 times for 48 yards averaging 3.2 yards per carrying. He out-rushed Kamara by three. Kamara only had 16 yards on 12 attempts and added a 2-yard touchdown. Murray was by far the better rusher on the Saints yesterday.

Kamara had himself a day in the air though, which is what we wanted to see. He caught five passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. That was second only to Jared Cook who caught five passes for 80 yards.

The Saints running game thrived with this pattern.

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