The New Orleans Saints extended their now two-game losing streak in Week 15, but they gave their fanbase confidence for the quickly-approaching offseason.
In Week 15, the Kansas City Chiefs, the AFC’s best team, came to town and defeated the New Orleans Saints 32-29. The most notable player to miss the game was Michael Thomas, but for the Saints, Deonte Harris and Marquez Callaway also weren’t active.
The Saints missed out on having three offensive weapons, and it was obvious they needed their help. Not having a passing yard till the second quarter, Brees made his return since being injured in Week 10, finishing the game with 234 yards and three touchdowns.
This wasn’t his best game as he also had an interception. Brees could’ve played better, especially considering he entered the game as the league’s completion percentage leader and missed 19 pass attempts, completing a mere 15.
The Saints had only 60 yards on the ground to compliment Brees’ struggles. If it wasn’t for one long throw to Emmanuel Sanders, the offense was contained very well.
As for the Chiefs, they put up 32 points and still didn’t look overly dominant against the league’s best defense. Patrick Mahomes threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns. The fourth-year superstar hadn’t been held under 300 yards since Week 7.
Also, the Saints did an absolutely terrific job at limiting Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Those two entered as the league’s No. 1 and No. 2 receivers in receptions that went for 20 or more yards. Neither had a long over 20 against the Chiefs.
The pass rush and the secondary did their job. With 12 targets and 8 receptions for under 70 yards, the team’s linebacking corps also played a terrific game.
What is more uncommon is that the Saints gave up 179 yards on the ground with the bulk coming from first-round draft pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire and former star Le’Veon Bell. Next time these two battle, hopefully in the Super Bowl, the Saints will do a better job at limiting those two.
All that to say, down a few stars and after making a few mistakes, New Orleans rallied and showed what they’re capable of. This team can be dominant, and they, despite losing, showed that.