Breaking down how the New Orleans Saints ended first quarter at 2-2
Facing Aaron Rodgers is never a desirable thing. Facing him in the game after a poor defensive performance is even less desirable.
The Saints didn’t give this one away, though again penalties were abundant. They simply couldn’t come up with more plays than the Packers. The game was tied going into the fourth quarter, but an untimely fumble by Taysom Hill and some less than strong play calling/play-making in the following offensive possession doomed the Saints.
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This was a simple case of Green Bay making the plays they needed to when they needed to. It’s kind of what one might expect when two good teams face each other. It often comes down to one mistake or one poor possession.
Alvin Kamara continued to be everything the Saints paid for and more. While the Saints haven’t been great yet this season, no one can say Kamara hasn’t been great since week one. His 197 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns were huge in this game.
As well, Drew Brees began to get on track in this game. It had been a rough first couple of weeks for Brees, but his production in this game was decent. He did all he needed to do.
Also, some other players stepped up. Latavius Murray has been bubbling under the surface and just needs more touches.
His 4.8 yards per carry in this game should get him more carries. Brees finally seemed to get a little rapport with Emmanuel Sanders too. If those two guys get even just warm, when Michael Thomas returns, this team will be tough to contend with in the passing game.