The Saints took the division lead with their 3rd win of the season by defeating the Giants in Metlife Park 33-18 playing their first complimentary game of the year. The game started slow as the Saints went 3 and out on their first possession and having to punt the ball away. The Giants took the ball down the field on their first drive and scored with ease making it appear it was going to be another long day for the defense. After the Giants first score the defense shifted into a gear we have not seen all season and held the G-men to under 300 yards of offense. For the Saints offense it took a whole quarter passing by before they would score on the 1st of Will Lutz’s 4 field goals for the day. It was a slower day than usual at the office for Brees today going 18/32 and 217 yards with his leading receptor of the day being Josh Hill catching 3 of those passes for 63 yards. Alvin Kamara did Alvin Kamara things rushing on the ground for 134 yards on 19 carries and completing the hat trick (3 TDs). The defense showed large improvements today shutting the Giants down for most of the day the unit had 3 sacks and 2 fumble recovery turnovers. DeMario Davis stood out today in his return to the Big Apple, having great play and hustle it seemed like there was not a play he was not in on.
The Saints came away with the victory today and was clearly the better team, but there are several things the team will need to work on before coming back home to face Washington at home in the Super Dome. One of those things needing improvement is how the Saints uncharacteristically struggled in the red zone today scoring on just 2 of their 6 trips, having to settle for field goals the rest of the times. One positive thing the Saints have to look forward to is the return of Mark Ingram. His return should open the offense up and give Kamara some much needed rest, also helping with the red zone woes of late. The next game in the Dome should be a special one as Drew Brees will likely break the NFL all time passing yard record. The Saints will play next in a primetime game on Monday night against the Washington Redskins who are ranked 3rd in defense in 12th on offense (week 4 stats).