The New Orleans Saints found their way back into the win column after stomping on the Raiders to the tune of a 24-0 final. It was a much-needed win and the black and gold put on their most dominant performance yet in their third win of the season.
The offense scored 24 points while the defense shut out the Raiders. Yes, the Raiders are a two-win team but, before this game, some would have said that they were better than their record indicated. The Saints managed to make Vegas look like a two-win team though and that's all we could have asked from them, especially with their rough start to the season.
With this one in the books, let's take a look at some stats that made us jump from joy.
3 touchdowns and 158 yards from scrimmage for Kamara
After failing to score a touchdown in the first five games of the season (he missed two games due to injury), Alvin Kamara made up for it with his Week 8 performance. The former third-round pick scored three touchdowns (two receiving and one rushing) while notching 158 yards from scrimmage.
Kamara is at his best and the Saints offense is at their best when he's utilized in the receiving game and the team finally got him going there. He hauled in nine catches for 96 yards and two scores while also excelling in the run game with 18 carries for 62 yards and another trip into the end zone. Have yourself a day, Kamara.
This was good to see from the Tennessee product because with the trade deadline looming and talks of him potentially being on the trade block, the Saints needed to see that they need him if they want any shot at winning the NFC South. Somehow, the division is still within reach and Kamara is the key to sitting atop the division.
Only allowing 183 yards of offense
The defense entered this game allowing the second-most points per game. It wasn't crazy to think that Derek Carr, Josh Jacobs, and Davante Adams would carve up this vulnerable unit but alas, the Raiders offense only had 183 yards of total offense and didn't cross midfield until the final minutes of the game.
This was a huge win for a defense that had been struggling and we started to see everything come together. The pass rush racked up four (should have been five) sacks, Tyrann Mathieu got his (and the team's) second interception of the season, and the d-line was playing out of their minds.
It was a huge win for the team but the defense had the biggest win after some rough outings. Now can they continue this production moving forward?
0 turnovers by the offense
For the first time this season, the Saints took care of the football and didn't give the opposition any extra possessions. Andy Dalton wasn't magnificent by any means and certainly made his share of bad throws but the Saints lucked out when none of them got picked off. The running backs didn't fumble either, which had been a major struggle as well.
These were just a few of the stats that made Saints fans happy following their 24-0 victory over the Raiders. Were there any that I didn't list that made you excited moving forward?