With all the questions being asked about the woes offensively for the Saints, it was one of the more efficient performances by Pete Carmichael’s group.
Derek Carr is slowly starting to find his rhythm with the Black and Gold and has played well down the stretch, completing 75% of his passes for nearly 200 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. Juwan Johnson had a breakout game as well, catching eight passes for 90 yards and a score, including an overthrown ball that he pulled in by his fingertips. The play was featured on Sportscenter’s Top 10 plays of the day.
Defensively, New Orleans rattled Baker Mayfield and was able to slow down the powerful running game of Rachaad White. The Saints forced four takeaways in the contest as well, in closing the first career interception for Alontae Taylor. Tampa was able to score some points late when the Saints started playing prevent style defense, but overall, the Saints defense was very strong on Sunday in Central Florida.
Now, they return to the Caesars Superdome for the season finale against the Atlanta Falcons. A win and a Bucs loss means the Saints capture the NFC South. Or, a New Orleans win and losses by both the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers would give the Black and Gold the final playoff spot in the NFC. Outside of that, the Saints’ offseason would start next week for the third straight season.
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