The New Orleans Saints have been without Michael Thomas for almost a month, but the hope is there that he’ll play in Week 5.
It was a brutal start to Week 4 for the New Orleans Saints. While it wasn’t a must-win game, the Saints would’ve started the season 1-3 and been in a whole had they been defeated against the Lions.
After starting down 14-0 in the first five minutes, the Saints stormed back and scored 35 unanswered points. They were the dominant team we knew they could be. What was even better is that they did it without many starters.
The team was down a defensive lineman, two starting cornerbacks, a mismatch nightmare of a tight end, and the reigning Offensive Player of the Year.
While at least a few (Janoris Jenkins and Deonte Harris) will be out again this week, the bulk of the Saints ruled out in Week 4 will be questionable, including Michael Thomas. Thomas, who set the record for receptions in a season last year, has been out since Week 1.
While their offense has still been terrific without him, they’re clearly missing their No. 1 threat. It was most obvious in their Week 2 loss to the Raiders, a game the Saints had no business losing in.
However, running back Alvin Kamara, who is ESPN’s Offensive Player of the Year through the first quarter of the season, has stepped up in his absence, proving he’s worth of his five-year contract extension.
That said, it’s more than just Thomas though. Marshon Lattimore, Andrus Peat, Jared Cook and Marcus Davenport will all be questionable. Davenport is the only one of the six starters out last week to have not taken the field this season.
The Saints will be welcoming in the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 5, another Monday Night Football showdown for New Orleans. Let’s hope they can avenge their previous MNF performance, a loss to the Raiders.