3 Ups and 1 Down from yesterday’s win over the New York Giants – (CSC) Saints News

3 “Ups” and 1 “Down” from the game. Now THAT is the New
Orleans Saints team we were expecting out of the
gate. In what was another
roller-coaster of a game with plenty of ups and downs along the
way, here are a couple that stood out.
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Up:
Alvin
Kamara Let’s get this one out of the way. Alvin
Kamara was absolutely incredible this game. He finished
the afternoon with 181 yards from scrimmage and all three Saints
touchdowns. His biggest run came on a 49 touchdown run to ice the
game with two minutes left to go in regulation. For as much as the Saints rushing attack has
faltered through the season’s first four weeks, Kamara impressed as
a runner in Week 4. With Mark Ingram set to return for Monday Night
Football next week, the Saints rushing attack should only get
better.
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Up: Saints
defense The Saints
defense took a big step forward in Week 4, sacking Eli
Manning multiple times, causing and recovering two
fumbles, and holding the Giants
to under 20 points. Saquon
Barkley was held to under 50 rushing yards, Odell Beckham
Jr had only 60 receiving yards, and, outside of Sterling
Shepard, the New York Giants largely struggled on
offense. PJ Williams, filling in for
the injured Patrick
Robinson, played well for the Saints, and if New Orleans
can expect this level of play out of their defense (I mean, did you
see that tackle for a loss by Marcus
Davenport?), this Saints team could really end up going
on a run.
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Up:
Taysom
Hill For
the third week in a row, Taysom
Hill made the “Ups” for the Saints, and this time he
provided the spark that helped the entire offense get moving. After
what appeared to be a second quick, three-and-out series, Taysom
Hill connected with Justin
Hardee on a fake punt to extend the Saints
drive. His second pass attempt of
the game was a would-be touchdown that was dropped by Alvin
Kamara, Kamara’s only real blemish on the day. In
addition to throwing passes, Taysom also caught a pass as a wide
receiver, rushed as a halfback, ran the read-option multiple times
as a quarterback, and blocked as a tight end. For the world seeing
Taysom for the first time, this was as close to a “coming out
party” as you can get for the Saints electrifying #7.

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Down: Special
Teams The Saints
struggles early in the game in the redzone and on third down almost
made the list, but those issues seemed to work themselves out as
the game went on. On the other hand, the Saints play on special
teams almost appeared to just get worse. The Saints brought back Brandon
Tate before Sunday afternoon’s game, and he was back to
return a punt for New Orleans early in the game. the punt was a low
and short kick that Tate
had to run forward to catch – normally, this forward momentum is
helpful for a return, but Tate
fumbled the ball forward, and only by the grace of the football
gods, had the ball take a lucky bounce and end up back in his hands
as Tate
continued forward. Then on the
Giants final kickoff of the game, late in the fourth quarter, with
New York down just one possession, Ted Ginn Jr was back to return
the kick. The “hands” team was on the field, in anticipation of a
possible onside kick, leaving Ginn as the lone Saint deep. The
kickoff went Ginn’s way, and Ginn erroneously decided to field the
kick at the one instead of letting it roll into the endzone. Ginn
had absolutely zero blockers out in front of him, so even if he
fielded the kick cleanly, would likely have been dropped well short
of the twenty-five yard line. Instead, Ginn botched the catch,
stumbled to pick the ball up, and then was dropped inside the five
yard line. You could see Sean Payton
fuming on the sidelines, so special teams will surely get some
attention before Week 5.

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