The New Orleans Saints left Cleveland with a victory on Saturday and their playoff hopes are still alive entering Week 17. It's crazy that a team with just six wins and that just recorded their first back-to-back wins of the season are still in a position to host a playoff game but hey -- That's what makes the NFL so much fun.
The Saints won in Cleveland by a narrow score of 17-10 with the Browns driving in the final minutes to try and either tie the game or to potentially win it with a two-point conversion. Fortunately, Carl Granderson said "Nah I'm good" and finished off the Browns with a sack on 4th-and-Goal to end the game and Cleveland's playoff hopes.
With this game in the books, let's discuss three stats that Saints fans were pretty happy about when this game was said and done.
152 rushing yards
The Saints' offense is at its best when the run game is in total control and we finally got to see that in action this week. Alvin Kamara led the team in rushing yards with 76 off of 20 carries, which was a fantastic game for him after mostly struggling this season. He also scored his first touchdown since Week 8.
Taysom Hill wasn't given many carries early on but finally something clicked with Pete Carmichael and he let Hill run wild. The offensive weapon finished with nine carries for 56 yards and a touchdown.
The weather was nasty in Cleveland so the Saints needed their run game to help them move the ball and score points and the unit didn't disappoint. Is this a sign of what's to come? We sure hope so!
0 sacks allowed
Andy Dalton wasn't great on Saturday but let's be real here -- No quarterback was going to put up stupendous numbers in that weather. The offensive line kept Dalton upright the entire game, however, and the Browns didn't even record a QB hit on the Red Rifle.
Trevor Penning was impressive in this game even though he didn't roll with the short sleeves like he said he would earlier in the week. It's still early for the first-round rookie but he impressed me on Saturday.
The Saints haven't been able to snag many interceptions this season but Daniel Sorensen of all people changed that with his pick of Deshaun Watson in the second half. Sorensen hasn't been a huge contributor this year but he was playing more due to Marcus Maye and Justin Evans getting banged up and guess what? He delivered.
What stats from the Saints' 17-10 win made you happy?