Many NFL analysts had the New Orleans Saints leaving Foxborough with a loss to Mac Jones and his Patriots. Fortunately for the Saints, that was not the case as the defense carried this team to a 28-13 win over New England. While the offense played some part in this, the game ball should be giving to the defense as it played lights out the entire game. Let’s dive into this week’s ups & downs as we celebrate a win!
Just going to get right into it this week, the defense is flying high with no intent on slowing down. Where the offense struggled, the defense was there to bail them out and keep this game far out of reach for the Patriots. Standout performances from Demario Davis, Marshon Lattimore, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Tanoh Kpassagnon factored into the Saints dominance over the course of this game.
I’d also like to point out that Lattimore has been playing like his life depends on it, even though it doesn’t as he was just paid a hefty amount along with a contract extension. Even with a cast on, Lattimore has been holding receivers to a few yards a game while also flying in to make tackles.
Kpassagnon has also proven to be a great signing for the Saints, doing way more than what was initially expected of him as he left this game with a sack on Mac Jones.
Down: Winston’s decision making
Let’s be honest, Winston had us nervous a few times. I can tell that he’s growing, but he isn’t all the way there yet. There were multiple times throughout the game where instead of throwing the ball away to avoid a sack, he holds on to the ball which results in loss of yardage.
My biggest complaint with Winston remains his desire to throw an interception. There was an attempted pass to TE Adam Trautman that was in triple coverage and could’ve easily been intercepted. The biggest scare actually ended in a TD pass to WR Marquez Callaway. I’ll highlight that below.
Winston stated during the post game interview that he didn’t know a flag would be thrown resulting in a free play. He also stated that it was “God’s Plan.” Hilarious as that may be, Winston can’t make decisions like that moving forward. Better defenses than this will pick that ball off with ease. I can see a throw like this getting the Saints in some serious trouble if it were to happen again in the future. For now, we celebrate but let’s hope the next TD pass is from a smart throw rather than a lucky catch.
Up: Taysom Hill
For the second week in a row, Hill balled out and provided a much needed a spark to this offense. At a time where the Patriots were attempting to rally and the Saints needed to put the final nail in this coffin, Hill delivered a stellar set of plays. Over the course of the game, Hill managed to rack up 32 yards rushing on 6 total carries. Check below for his rushing touchdown that played a hand in putting this game away.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still riding with Winston but Hill’s ability to be a playmaker has shined over the past few weeks. Hopefully Payton can continue to insert him into the offensive scheme moving forward as it seems that defenses have a rough time figuring out what to do with him.
Up: Marquez Callaway
I said this during the preseason, but I really feel like Callaway will breakout this season in the absence of Michael Thomas. Callaway was able to rack up 41 yards over 4 catches and a touchdown to go along with it. If this is a sign of things to come, this will be a good season for Callaway as he continues to be a key part in this offense.
Next up, the Saints head home for a date with the New York Giants! Check back next week for more ups & downs.
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