The New Orleans Saints saved their season by winning a gritty game against the Seattle Seahawks and they're now 2-3 on the year. A 2-3 record is something the team can work with; A 1-4 record would have been a deep hole to dig themselves out of.
Let's take a look at the winners and losers from the 39-32 victory.
The second-year cornerback has mostly played well since joining the Saints last year but he had a rough day at the office in this one. It felt like Paulson Adebo was continuously getting beat in coverage, which was frustrating to see. The Seahawks connected on several big plays and Adebo was to blame for a few of those.
After Chris Olave had to exit the game due to injury, Tre'Quan Smith had a bigger role for the Saints and it gave fans nightmarish flashbacks to last year when the former third-round pick wouldn't come up with key catches when called upon.
While Smith had a clutch catch that went for a first down late in the game, he missed two key receptions earlier in the game. The second miss came after the Seahawks had cut the Saints lead down to 31-25 and NOLA was trying to get ahead once again. Had Smith come up with the catch, NOLA could have kicked a field goal there but obviously everything ended up working out okay.
It's been a disappointing stretch for Mark Ingram, who finished with a measly 16 yards on nine carries. The Saints honestly should have stopped calling plays for Ingram when it became clear that this was a Taysom Hill and Alvin Kamara day.
I probably don't need to go into detail here but I will anyway. Taysom Hill totaled four touchdowns in this game with three of those scores coming on the ground and one through the air.
Hill WAS the offense on Sunday and he proved that when he's involved in the game, this is a whole different team offensively. He propelled the Saints to victory in Week 5 so obviously he's going to be the big winner from this week.
After a bit of a meh start to the season for Alvin Kamara, he rebounded in a huge way in Week 5. The former third-round pick almost had 200 yards from scrimmage but came just nine yards shy of doing so.
Kamara finished the day with 23 carries for 103 yards and six receptions for 91 yards. On a day where Hill led the way offensively, Kamara wasn't the star of the day but his performance was very appreciated by the fans. The only thing he did wrong was lose a fumble in the first half, which was costly but he more than made up for it with his performance down the stretch.
Arguably the biggest play on defense came on the Seahawks' final drive when Cam Jordan sacked Geno Smith on third down and forced them to punt the ball away. From there, the Saints offense was able to run the clock out and get their first win since Week 1.
Jordan finished the game with three tackles, two tackles for loss, two QB hits, and 1.5 sacks. It was a big day for him and the Saints needed that kind of performance from him.
Another game, another impressive performance for the second-year linebacker out of Ohio State. Pete Werner tallied seven tackles (five solo) and a few of those were big-time hits. He continues to be the gift that keeps on giving.
Now I want to hear from you, Saints fans. Who were the winners and losers in this game?