The New Orleans Saints bested last season's Super Bowl champions in a thrilling Week 11 victory. Here's what the black and gold did well.
With the way the New Orleans Saints' season is going so far, every game is a toss-up. After a tough loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10, the Saints picked up the slack and put 27 points over the Los Angeles Rams.
The Rams were without Cooper Kupp and saw Matthew Stafford exit mid-game due to injury, but still, a win is a win.
Here are some stats we adored from Week 11.
Andy Dalton 3 TDs and 0 INTs
The Red Rifle was loaded and ready to fire on Sunday against Los Angeles and put together one of his best performances of the season.
Dalton shared snaps under center with Taysom Hill, playing 70 percent of offensive snaps, and his tandem with Hill was a pleasant surprise for the Saints' offense. Dalton went 21-of-25 for 260 yards and three touchdowns, finishing with a 149.6 quarterback rating.
While we have criticized Dalton for his faults in the past, he played a clean game in Week 11 and was able to make some big plays, including one stunning throw to Chris Olave in the third quarter.
Taysom Hill definitely can't do that. Based on the Saints' success this game, though, we could see more Dalton-Hill shared snaps for the rest of the year.
Chris Olave 102 yards
See video above. The 2022 rookie recorded his third 100-plus yard receiving game and is well ahead in the race for OROY.
Olave went off for five catches for 102 yards and one touchdown and remains the team's most reliable and productive wideout this season.
He averaged 17 yards per target against the Rams, which suggests he could grow nicely into a deep threat option with Michael Thomas out for the season.
Kaden Elliss and Demario Davis leading the D
No Pete Werner, no problem. Kaden Elliss stepped up in the linebacker unit and played his best game of the season while rugged vet Demario Davis proved why he ages better with time.
The two linebackers finished as the team's top two defenders and combined for 19 tackles, three quarterback hits, two sacks, one tackle for loss, and one pass defended.
Even with the injured state of the Saints' defense, these two guys found a way to rise above and maintain elite coverage in the middle of the field.
Elliss and Davis should be an exciting duo to watch in 2022.
Taysom Hill season-high 24 snaps
Finally, something positive about Taysom Hill. The do-it-all weapon played a season-high 24 snaps on Sunday, and by now the correlation is almost too obvious: feed Taysom Hill, and the Saints win.
Hill played 42 percent of the Saints' offensive snaps splitting time at quarterback, wide receiver, and running back, and while he wasn't able to get on the score sheet, he added an extra dose of danger to a previously tame offense.
He made his biggest contributions in the run game, posting nine carries for 52 yards with a long of 12.
Sean Payton is probably grinning somewhere, satisfied with his smug self for extending a unicorn like Hill.
It's now on Dennis Allen and the coaches to get Hill more snaps moving forward. If Week 11 is any indication, Hill is indeed a game-changer. Who would've thought?