The New Orleans Saints are a one-dimensional offense with quarterback Taysom Hill, a change from when Drew Brees was leading the way.
We’re about to enter Week 13. In Week 10, the New Orleans Saints season changed. Drew Brees, a future Hall of Famer, went down with multiple fractured ribs and a collapsed lung.
The team, a few days after, played him on injured reserve, meaning he’s out till at least Week 14, and given the Saints’ success with Taysom Hill, they may opt to let the 30-year-old continue.
At the same time, they should know what a first-round bye could mean having lost in the Wild Card round after ending the regular season with a mere three losses last year. This team will look to do all they can to snag that top-overall spot.
That’s why they’ll bring Drew Brees back because Hill hasn’t quite yet solidified that he can be a passer. Hill eclipsed 200 passing yards against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 11, but he did it with 18 completions on 23 attempts. He averaged just over 10 yards per attempt.
Hill became a first-hand believer in Michael Thomas as he erupted in that game. Then, Hill took the field for his second career start.
Although the Saints gameplan was a bit different given that the Broncos didn’t even have a starter, Hill disappointed, continuing to show a trend of depending on his rushing ability. He’s had double-digit carries in both games but not double-digit completions.
The Saints have been a top-three rushing team over the last three weeks. On top of Hill’s reliance on the run, he’s made the pass-catching Alvin Kamara irrelevant. Kamara has had 99 rushing yards and -2 receiving yards in his last two games.
That’s not the same Kamara that Brees was using to his advantage. Not using Kamara and limiting Thomas as well will come back to hurt New Orleans when they play teams that can actually compete.
The Saints defense has been incredible, and it’s partially kept them in games, more notably against the Falcons than Broncos. However, neither game has really challenged them, or Hill much, and Week 13 could be much of the same.
They’ll draw the struggling Falcons once again in a game the Saints will likely be able to run 35 times and win. However, it’d be shocking to see Hill snap out of his rushing style and launch the ball downfield.