After three excruciatingly bad losses, the New Orleans Saints got back into the win column and they did it on the legs of their run game. That was one of the many stats that had Saints fans smiling by the time the game was over with.
Let's take a look at all of the stats that had us dancing for joy after the Saints' 39-32 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
235 rushing yards
The ground game took over for New Orleans' offense in this one, gashing the Seahawks defense to the tune of 235 yards on the ground. The Saints had two 100+ yard rushers in this game with Taysom Hill totaling 112 yards and Alvin Kamara getting 103 yards on the ground.
The hope here is that Pete Carmichael saw how well the run game did in this one and sticks with it even when the Saints start off slow in future games. The run game is the strength of this offense, especially with the injuries to the wide receivers, so NOLA would be wise to continue running the ball down teams' throats.
Alvin Kamara 194 yards from scrimmage
As mentioned in the last section, Kamara had himself a day. Yes, he fumbled earlier in the game but that was the only mistake the Saints running back made in the 39-32 win.
Along with his big day on the ground, Kamara destroyed the Seahawks defense through the air too, grabbing six catches for 91 yards. Getting Kamara involved in the passing game was something the Saints hadn't been doing through the first four games and it's probably why the offense wasn't performing to their best of their ability.
With the injuries to the wide receiver room, Kamara is going to continue to be leaned on as a pass-catcher and he showed this week that he'll be up to the task.
3 sacks on Geno Smith
The biggest play defensively for the Saints was when Cam Jordan managed to sack Geno Smith on a key third down that gave NOLA the football back. From there, they drained the clock and were able to emerge from Week 5 as winners.
Jordan had 1.5 sacks on Smith while the other sacks came from J.T. Gray and Demario Davis (0.5). It's good to see the NOLA pass rush get going after a slow start to the season.
Only 1 sack allowed
The Saints offensive line has turned things around despite a really lousy start. Perhaps Andy Dalton is better at getting rid of the football quicker than Jameis Winston was but even still, the Saints o-line is no longer a weakness. They surrendered just one sack on Dalton and created running lanes for Hill, Kamara, and the run game to run wild.
What stats from this game impressed you?