Fortunately, they were playing against a bad Seahawks team that didn’t have Russell Wilson under center. That proved pivotal when it was all said and done, as New Orleans prevailed and stay alive in the NFC South race heading into a key Week 8 matchup against the Buccaneers.
Keep feeding Kamara
Everyone knows how good Alvin Kamara is and he continued to display his talents on Monday night. Kamara finished the game with 179 total yards, doing most of that damage as a pass-catcher. As Jeff Duncan notes in the tweet below, he had 30 touches, 179 total yards and a touchdown.
Kamara did pretty much all of the damage on offense and it’s scary to think how much worse this Saints offense would be without him. The team needs to continue to feed him because at this point, he IS the offense.
Saints need a receiver… NOW
That was a terrible outing for the Saints’ receivers, who totaled just four catches for 43 yards on Monday night. Marquez Callaway had some nice catches but he was the only one doing anything at the position.
Tre’Quan Smith made his 2021 debut and was awful, catching just one pass off of three targets for 11 yards. Smith had several bad drops and at one point, Jameis Winston was caught screaming at him on the sideline. No Saints fan felt bad for Smith at that moment. Dude was awful.
Pass rush finally showed up
After being non-existent for the first five games of the season, the Saints pass rush came to play on Monday night. The group finished this game with five sacks on Geno Smith with Demario Davis notching two of those.
The other three sacks went to Tanoh Kpassagnon, Malcolm Jenkins, and Cameron Jordan, who finally recorded a sack this season. Sure the Seahawks offensive line is bad and Smith isn’t a good quarterback but the Saints pass rush had been atrocious so it was nice to see them live in the backfield on Monday night.
Defense deserves better
Man, it’s so unfair that Drew Brees didn’t get to play with this defense. I felt bad for the defense during this game because they more than did their fair share to get their guys the win but the offense was dreadful.
Yes, the Saints gave up that long D.K. Metcalf touchdown in the first quarter but aside from that, they did what was asked of them. This defense is special, man and they deserve better than this trash offense.
While the defense played well, the unnecessary roughness penalties were uncalled for. Marshon Lattimore was flagged twice for getting into it with Metcalf and those are the kind of penalties that can cost teams games. Fortunately, they didn’t.
C.J. Gardner-Johnson was also flagged for unnecessary roughness and Marcus Davenport had a terrible roughing the passer called on him. Still, they can’t make these mistakes in games against actual quality opponents. It’ll lose them games.
This was a really ugly game but a win is a win. New Orleans moves to 4-2 and now head back to the Big Easy for a date with the 6-1 Buccaneers.