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All winners and no losers for the Saints in shutout Week 8 win vs Raiders

Oct 30, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  New Orleans Saints center Erik McCoy (78) hikes the ball
Oct 30, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints center Erik McCoy (78) hikes the ball / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
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If you had told me after the New Orleans Saints' embarrassing loss to the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football that they'd go on to shutout the Raiders the very next week, I'd have laughed for quite some time at you. Turns out, that person would have been right, as the Saints moved to 3-5 after a 24-0 win over the Raiders.

Now it needs to be said that yes, the Raiders were also a two-win team coming into this game but I'd argue that their record didn't entirely reflect who they were. They took the Chiefs to the wire in their Monday night matchup a few weeks back and have been a tough team despite their 2-4 record ahead of this game.

In this battle, however, the Raiders looked like a two-win team and let's give the Saints, another team who had just two wins before Week 8 concluded, some credit here for making the black and silver look awful.

With the Saints sitting at 3-5 and somehow just one game out of first place in the NFC South paired with the team playing as well as they could have after a bad loss, I didn't list anyone as a 'loser'. Instead, everyone's a winner this week! Yay!

Let's get to it, shall we?

Biggest winners from Saints 24-0 win over Raiders

Alvin Kamara

This one seems obvious, as Kamara had three touchdowns on the day, his first three of the season, might I add. Two of the three touchdowns came through the air on a 16-yard pass and 34-yard pass from Andy Dalton respectively while the other score was a three-yard rushing touchdown by AK41.

After a "slow" start to the season, Kamara showed that he can still lead the way for this Saints offense. He finished with 96 receiving yards and 61 rushing yards to go along with those three touchdowns, giving him 157 yards from scrimmage. He was the only player to score a touchdown in this game from either team.

Pete Werner

The second-year linebacker out of Ohio State continues to impress, as he racked up 11 tackles and had the pass breakup that helped lead to the Tyrann Mathieu interception. The team already has a sideline-to-sideline linebacker in Demario Davis but now Werner gives them two of those guys. He's only going to get better too, which should scare opposing offenses.

Alontae Taylor

With Marshon Lattimore still out, the second-round rookie cornerback had to step into the secondary and play a major role. He delivered, notching three impressive pass breakups and not getting targeted much despite being a rookie. This is looking like a sneaky good pick for the Saints.

Tyrann Mathieu

Some fans have been less than impressed by the Honey Badger in the early goings of his Saints career but he got the team's second interception of the season during this one and almost had a second pick in the game as well. Mathieu has both of NOLA's interceptions in 2022 so despite what people are saying, he is making an impact.

Chris Olave

While Kamara led the team in receiving yards, the rookie out of Ohio State had another nice day for the black and gold. Olave finished with five catches for 52 yards and averaged 10.4 yards per catch. He's looking like a nice player early into his career.

Payton Turner

It's been understandable for fans to be disappointed with Turner considering that he was a first-round pick and hadn't played much to this point. The Houston product had an excellent game on Sunday, however, notching four tackles and two sacks.

After some initial disappointment, it was good to see Turner shine bright on Sunday.

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These were just a few of the players who deserve to be listed as winners this week but honestly, I'd put the entire team in that category. The Raiders didn't score and they had just 119 yards of offense in the fourth quarter. The offense, meanwhile, scored 24 points and made plays when they needed to.

This was a big win for the good guys and they're somehow still in the running to win the NFC South despite all of their shortcomings this year. Who Dat, baby!

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