Saints: Alvin Kamara has to have a bounce-back game vs. Patriots
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Alvin Kamara look as ineffective as he did last week vs. the Panthers but that’s exactly what was on display last Sunday. The New Orleans Saints lost 26-7 and Kamara had more carries (8) than rushing yards (5), which obviously isn’t something that NFL fans are used to seeing.
Kamara is a huge part of this offense and that’s even more so the case now that Drew Brees is enjoying retirement and being a part of the Football Night in America crew ahead of Sunday night games. With Jameis Winston now at the helm, Kamara has to be firing on all cylinders whether it’s as a rusher or as a passer.
The Patriots allowed over 150 yards rushing last week to the Jets, who had rookie Michael Carter and Ty Johnson carrying the football the most. New England hasn’t allowed for any one player to rush for 100 yards yet this season but they’ve faced the Dolphins and Jets, neither of whom have nearly as explosive of a rusher as Kamara.
Time for Alvin Kamara to have a huge game for the Saints!
Week 1 showed us that Kamara is still the guy fans are used to seeing, as he dashed for 83 yards on 20 carries. This set the tone for the offense and allowed for Winston to not have to do as much in his Saints debut.
It wasn’t Kamara’s fault that he wasn’t able to do much of anything last week. The entire NOLA team faltered throughout that matchup and a big reason why Kamara couldn’t do the damage he typically does is that the New Orleans offensive line had one of their worst games in recent memory. Erik McCoy being out proved to be a bigger blow than we had all previously thought it would be.
Thomas Snodgrass of BetSided discussed how the oddsmakers predict Kamara to be his usual self come this weekend. We all hope that’s the case.
Hopefully, Kamara is able to be his normal self against the Patriots this weekend because it’ll make a big difference for the rest of this offense.