The New Orleans Saints fought off the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football to end Week 7 of the NFL regular season. This was an ugly game for the Saints and Seahawks offense. The weather was swirling all night, leading to many slips and falls for both teams. Defenses dominated the game but the Saints were able to pull out an ugly win late off the foot of newly signed kicker Brian Johnson. The final score was 13-10 and somehow, the game was even uglier than the final score. These are overreactions to the New Orleans Saints ugly win on Monday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks.
Jameis Winston has the fire needed to lead this team
One criticism of Drew Brees over the years was his lack of fire as a leader. Brees was never the guy to get into an expressive discussion with players on the sideline. Jameis Winston showed that he is not afraid to mix it up with players.
In the fourth quarter of Monday Night’s game, Winston was shown getting into a heated discussion with Tre’Quan Smith. These two players practiced together this off-season, so their relationship is likely one that can deal with an on-field disagreement. It is refreshing to see Winston caring so much that he will get into the face of a player that he cares about. The Saints receivers have been so unreliable, that maybe Winston being animated with them will help them rise to the challenge of the games going forward.
Saints have the worst receiver group in the NFL
It is easy to see why Jameis Winston got so animated with his receivers on Monday Night Football. The only Saints receiver with more than one catch was Marquez Callaway and he only caught three. Most other receivers just could not get open or hang onto the ball. Kenny Stills and Kevin White both dropped long passes from Winston in the game. Tre’Quan Smith was likely the one who got all of Winston’s frustration but all of the receivers need the kind of fire Winston was handing out on the sidelines. If it was not for Alvin Kamara, this Saints offense would be near the bottom of the league.
Deonte Harris and Michael Thomas are still on the mend but this team needs them to get healthy quickly. The NFL trade deadline is about a week away. The Saints need to make as many calls as necessary to get a receiver on this team who gives defenses something to think about besides Alvin Kamara. Auden Tate, Brandin Cooks or Denzel Mims could be potential targets for the Saints before the trade deadline. Something has to be done going forward though, especially with the Saints upcoming opponents like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys.
It is better to be lucky than good
The Saints were the beneficiary of multiple first downs due to penalty in Monday Night’s game. This was most evident late in the game. The Saints were lining up for a long field goal to take the lead. An encroachment penalty on Seattle led to an automatic first down. The drive still ended up being a field goal try but a much shorter attempt. New kicker Brian Johnson converted the shorter field goal, putting the Saints up by three late in the game. This would end up being the final score of the game. It is unknown if Johnson would have made the longer field goal but getting a free first down late was welcome to the team, sealing a late win.
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