Saints defense shuts down Seahawks in 13-10 victory

Mark Keplinger, Sports Editor

Matthew Tate

The New Orleans Saints improved to 4-2 on the season as they defeated the Seattle Seahawks 13-10 in Seattle on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. In a game where neither offense could provide a spark, Brian Johnson’s 33-yard field goal with less than two minutes to play was enough to elevate the Saints to victory.

The Saints were coming off of a bye week, but they did defeat the Washington Football Team in their last outing. Meanwhile, the Seahawks were hoping to bounce back from a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh. The Seahawks are still without star quarterback Russell Wilson, who is out with an injury.

Despite not having Wilson, the Seahawks began the game with an 84-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Geno Smith to DK Metcalf. Neither team scored for the rest of the first quarter, as the defenses suffocated any offensive momentum.

In the second quarter, the Saints got on the board with a 21-yard field goal from Johnson. Later in the quarter, Saints running back Alvin Kamara caught a touchdown pass from Jameis Winston, and New Orleans went into the half leading 10-7.

The only score in the third quarter was a 50-yard Seattle field goal from Jason Myers, and New Orleans won the game with Johnson’s late fourth quarter field goal to win 13-10.

Both teams made plenty of mistakes under Seattle’s bright lights. Crucially for the Seahawks, Myers missed a field goal early in the game, which looms large in a three-point defeat. On the Saints side, cornerback Marshon Lattimore received two separate unnecessary roughness penalties for shoving Metcalf when the play was over.

Offensively for the Saints, Kamara was the only bright spot, with 179 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. Winston looked pedestrian when throwing the ball, only completing 19 of 35 passes. His long passing attempts were always slightly overthrown, just out of reach of the receiver. Winston did look dangerous running the ball, however, picking up 40 yards with his legs.

Defensively, the Saints are proving to be an elite unit. Seattle’s offensive line endured a miserable night, as they gave up five sacks and nine tackles for a loss. Saints linebacker Demario Davis was by far the Saints best defender of the night, as he recorded two sacks and four tackles for a loss. He also had three of New Orleans’ eight quarterback hits. 

Next week, the Saints will host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs dismantled the Chicago Bears 38-3 last Sunday.