It took some time, but the New Orleans Saints got right against the Cleveland Browns and left with their first win of the 2018 season. Here’s the week’s highlights, starting with the traditional Drew Brees pregame huddle chant:
Reserve quarterback Taysom Hill got into the game in a big way, returning the first kickoff of his career at any level – professional, collegiate, high school, whatever – for a very solid 47 yards.
That electric, unexpected return from Hill was just the spark the Saints needed to begin their comeback against Cleveland. Wide receiver Michael Thomas struck with his first score of the day on a crafty screen at the goal line.
The Saints defense was ready to play on Sunday, and ultimately came through by gifting the offense a possession with this Marcus Williams interception late in the fourth quarter:
Of course it was Thomas again to score. The third-year wideout is in that rare class of talents at his position that get targeted even if they’re double-covered with the expectation that he’ll figure it out – and that’s just what Thomas did, despite having two different Browns defenders draped all over him.
New Orleans’ defense kept the pressure up on the following possession, dropping Cleveland quarterback Tyrod Taylor thanks to a teamup between defensive ends Alex Okafor and Cameron Jordan.
Of course, Taylor had to make the throw of his life just a few moments later on fourth down. He put the ball where only his man could get it deep in New Orleans’ own end zone for the score, but the unthinkable happened on the following extra point attempt.
And tragedy continued for Browns kicker Zane Gonzalez once he was in position to tie the game up and send it to overtime. The 52-yard field goal attempt did not go as planned:
So the Saints went out with a win, and fans get to enjoy their first Victory Monday of the 2018 regular season. Live it up, New Orleans. Because now it’s Atlanta Falcons Hate Week.
Saints rally to come back against Browns, win first game of 2018