NEW ORLEANS, LA | AP
Week 1 has come and gone in the Big Easy, but the visiting Atlanta Falcons were anything but easy for the Saints during their trip to NOLA.
Coming into the season, big question marks loomed as to what the identity of this team would be. Would Drew Lock take the next step in his career and ascend to a franchise QB? Would the Saints get back to their running ways of three years ago and grind teams into submission? If Week 1 was any indication... it might be a little of both.
Despite trailing most of the game, the Saints stayed committed to running the football. Veteran halfback Alvin Kamara led the way with 146 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, breaking off two huge long-distance runs for each of his scores. After the game, Kamara seemed pleased with the gameplan laid out earlier in the week by head coach Kheelan Seidenberg.
"We stuck to the gameplan, which was to get nasty up front and pound the rock. We did just that." said Kamara in his post-game media availability. "I owe it to those big ugly fellas," joked the runner.
Though the offensive line performed well in the running game, they still left something to be desired in the passing game as quarterback Drew Lock would get sacked six times on the day. Spending that much time under pressure seemed to rattle the young gunslinger in the first half, but Lock would buckle down and lead the Saints down the field twice in the fourth quarter, finding Chris Conley for a touchdown strike with just over two minutes left to go, and then Braxton Miller with just eight seconds left to seal the victory.
After the game, Lock seemed pleased with the effort. "We just went out there and embraced the challenge in the second half," Lock said standing at his locker after the game. "The guys were relentless in getting open, so it made it easy to find them when we needed it most."