An off topic lounge where you can talk about whatever.
1 post • Page 1 of 1
In a game when Drew Brees didn't throw a touchdown and NFL leading receiver Michael Thomas was limited to four catches Youth Josh Hill Jersey , the New Orleans Saints won with other options 鈥?Alvin Kamara and a defense that didn't live up to its much-maligned status.Kamara ran for three second-half touchdowns, Wil Lutz matched his career high with four field goals and the Saints' defense shut down the New York Giants after giving up an early touchdown in a 33-18 win on Sunday."This was a complete game, everything came together," said Kamara, who ran for 134 yards and scored on runs of 9, 4 and 49 yards. "Lutz making big kicks, those were as big as anything. The defense came up big, the O-line did a great job. That was the big difference. You know Josh Hill Jersey Stitched , the running game has been building. I just get behind those big guys and we get some big runs."The win was the third straight for the Saints (3-1) and it sent the offensively inept Giants to their third loss in four games under new coach Pat Shurmur. New York is averaging just over 20 points 鈥?27 came in the win at Houston 鈥?and this was a season low."It seems like it shouldn't be this hard but it is," said New York star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. "We got to come with the energy like our game last week. It's not one person doing this or one person doing that. It's got to be everybody. We've just got to stick together It's definitely not the results we want, the outcome. It's not the way we want to play."If there was a surprise, it was the Saints' defense, which came in ranked 30th in the league. After giving up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Sterling Shepard on the Giants' opening drive, New Orleans limited New York to a 33-yard field goal by Aldrick Rosas in the third quarter and a late 1-yard TD run by Saquon Barkley , followed by a 2-point conversion pass from Manning to Shepard.The defense allowed only four plays of 20 or more yards after giving up 37 points in an overtime win over Atlanta last weekend."What pressure would there be on us?" said Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan. "There was no place to go but up. We talked about trying to get better as a defense and we take every game as a challenge."The Saints certainly met this challenge.The anticipated shootout between the 39-yard old Brees and the 37-year-old Manning never materialized.Brees, who came in needing 418 yards passing to break Peyton Manning's NFL career mark Youth Terron Armstead Jersey , finished 18 of 32 for 217 yards. Manning was 31 of 41 for 255 yards as the Giants (1-3) finished with just 299 total yards."We got off to a good start, had a good drive," Manning said. "We thought we're capable of moving the ball and making plays on this team. We just weren't able to do it. "Lutz connected from 42, 34, 37 and 26 in the first half. Kamara stretched the lead to 19-7 with 9-yard run that capped a nine-play, 69-yard drive on New Orleans' opening possession of the second half.The 49-yard run capped a 97-yard drive for the Saints after Ted Ginn Jr. bobbled a kickoff following the Barkley score. The Saints had drives of 74 and 80 on the other touchdowns and finished the game with 392 total yards.Rosas closed the gap to 19-10 in the third quarter, but the Saints took control with Kamara's final two TD runs in the fourth quarter.The Giants had scored on the opening possession with Manning capping a 10-play, 75-yard drive with his short TD pass to Shepard. After that Terron Armstead Jersey Stitched , New York gained 22 yards the rest of the half.TRICK PLAYSSaints coach Sean Payton used backup quarterback Taysom Hill in a number of roles. He completed a 10-yard pass on a fake punt on New Orleans' second possession. It set up Lutz's first field goal. He also threw an incompletion on a red zone pass, had four runs for 28 yards, and returned a kickoff for 16 yards. Coming into the game, he had not thrown a pass and had three rushes for 39 yards.INJURIES:Saints: No injuries were announced.Giants: Beckham finished the first half in the locker room getting an IV. He returned in the second half and finished with seven receptions for 60 yards.UP NEXTSaints: Home against Washington for a Monday night game on Oct. 8.Giants: At Carolina next Sunday. METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints were still waiting to make their first pick of the NFL draft when Thursday night’s first round ended.The Saints are slated to pick late in the second round at 62nd overall on Friday night and will try to acquire a player capable of contributing next season to a team widely expected to be a playoff contender.That’s the only pick New Orleans currently has in the first four rounds because of a series of 2018 trades designed to help the club contend for another title while record-setting quarterback Drew Brees, who turned 40 last January, is still playing.The Saints traded away this year’s first rounder during the 2018 first round in order to move up and select defensive end Marcus Davenport.The Saints gave up their 2019 third-round pick in a trade for reserve quarterback Teddy Bridgewater late in the 2018 preseason. And in the middle of last season, they exchanged this year’s fourth-round pick for former New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple.That left general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton limited assets with which to propose a trade back into this year’s opening round. But with five picks clustered in the final three rounds Youth Thomas Morstead Jersey , they might be able to trade up on the second or third days of the draft.An area of immediate concern is along the interior defensive line. Sheldon Rankins, a 2016 first rounder, is recovering from an Achilles tendon tear, David Onyemata is facing a possible suspension of up to four games for a misdemeanor marijuana citation and Tyeler Davison left in free agency.If all goes well, Rankins and Onyemata will both be back and in form by the second month of the season, but that’s no easy forecast. Recovery from an Achilles tendon injury can be tricky. Davison’s decision, which came less than two weeks before the draft, might be the bigger blow. He was a solid role player who started 43 games in the past three seasons.The Saints nearly made the Super Bowl last season Thomas Morstead Jersey Stitched , falling to the Los Angeles Rams in overtime of an NFC title game tainted by late-game officiating mistakes that top NFL officials acknowledged after the game.For the most part, New Orleans has been able to keep most of its 2018 team together and moved quickly in free agency to add projected replacements for the few veterans who left.New Orleans signed running backs Latavius Murray and Malcom Brown, as well as defensive end Mario Edwards, following the departures of running back Mark Ingram and defensive end Alex Okafor. And when center Max Unger retired, the Saints signed center Nick Easton.
Who is online
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest