Saints’ defense stifles Patriots in 28-13 victory

Mark Keplinger, Sports Editor

Matthew Tate

The New Orleans Saints defeated the New England Patriots 28-13 in a dominant defensive display in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones endured a miserable day, as he was sacked three times, hit 11 times and was intercepted three times. Saints quarterback Jameis Winston rebounded from a poor week two display, as he threw for two touchdowns.

The Saints looked to bounce back following a defeat to the Carolina Panthers last week. Early in the game, Winston engineered a long 69-yard drive resulting in a touchdown pass to running back Alvin Kamara. At the end of the first quarter, Saints kicker Aldrick Rosas missed a long 52-yard field goal.

The second quarter began with both offenses unable to find much success against the opposing defense. New Orleans blocked a punt to give the Saints sideline some momentum, but the Saints failed to capitalize. Rosas missed his second field goal of the day when his 36-yard attempt hooked wide. 

At the end of the second quarter, the Patriots were methodically moving down the field, when Jones was hit as he attempted to throw. PJ Williams easily intercepted the floated pass and returned the pick to inside the Patriots 10-yard line. Three plays later, the Saints scored a touchdown on an ill-advised throw by Winston. 

As a Patriot defender was attempting to drag Winston to the ground, the Saints quarterback heaved the ball into the endzone where his receiver, Marquez Callaway, was in single coverage. Callaway out jumped the defensive back and wrestled the ball away from the defender, scoring the touchdown.

The Patriots kicked a field goal right before the half, but disaster struck on their first play after the break. Malcolm Jenkins intercepted Jones and returned the pick for a touchdown, extending the Saints lead to 21-3. New England ended the quarter by kicking another field goal.

Jones looked to fuel a Patriots comeback and threw a touchdown to Kendrick Bourne with just under 10 minutes to play. However, the Saints crushed these hopes by putting together a long drive, capped off by utility player Taysom Hill running the ball in from four yards out. A Marshon Lattimore interception ended the game, with a final score of 28-13.

The Saints defense dominated the Patriots, as Jones often had little time to throw. The Patriots offense line struggled immensely, as they could neither keep a clean pocket for Jones nor create much running room for New England’s running backs. 

The New Orleans offense struggled at times but did what was necessary to dispatch the Patriots. Kamara looked sharp, with 89 yards rushing and one receiving touchdown. The Saints should be concerned about their kicker Aldrick Rosas, as he missed two field goals.

New Orleans will host the New York Giants next week on Oct. 3. The Giants are winless this season, but lost their last two games by three points or less.