Fresh Faces Help the Saints Roll Over Packers in Home Opener
The New Orleans Saints opened their season with a much needed win after failing to win a game in the preseason. Newly arrived quarterback Davis Mills provided a strong first impression, completing over 65 percent of his passes while keeping the Saints in manageable situations all game long. Mills was also able to connect for a touchdown with new receiver Steven Sims acquired in a trade with the Washington Football Team. Star running back Alvin Kamara returned to form as he added a touchdown on the ground as well as 56 yards. However, the most important offensive weapon Week 1 was kicker Will Lutz. Lutz was a symbol of consistency, hitting kicks from 30, 40, 50, and 52 yards on the day. Lutz was also a perfect 3/3 on extra point tries.
Defensively the Saints played a clean game, with contributions coming from all levels of the defense. Javon Kinlaw, the centerpiece of a controversial trade in the off season, disrupted the Packers all game. Kinlaw beings the campaign with two tackles for loss and a sack, adding a pass rush dimension the Saints clearly lacked last year. First round pick Justin Flowe turned heads in his pro debut, racking up a tackle for loss and an interception while only playing forty snaps. Corner Daryl Worley was the defensive MVP logging two picks on the day including a 105 yard pick six to essentially seal the game.
The Saints have a playoff rematch with the Minnesota Vikings in week 2. When asked about the upcoming matchup, Coach DevooGoneTellYaa said that his team must come prepared to play from beginning to end. Limiting turnovers and big plays will be a key factor in the game as the Vikings return most of their starters from last season. This will be Davis Mills’ first real test of the season as the Vikings boast an incredibly opportunistic defense that can eat you alive if you fall behind. It should be an exciting matchup