New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston insists that running back Alvin Kamara is one of the "most dominant players" in the NFL. On Monday Night Football, Kamara put up a monster performance to lead the Saints past the Seattle Seahawaks.
The Saints offense gained 304 yards on the night and 179 of those 304 yards was gained by Kamara. The Saints scraped past the Seahawks 13-10 and Kamara scored the Saints' lone touchdown of the night. "AK is one of the most dominant players in this league, so it's always exciting when you put the ball in his hands and watch the things that he does," said Saints quarterback Winston, who actually fumbled the shotgun snap before his 13-yard TD pass to Kamara in the final minute of the first half -- then scooped it up with his left hand, threw it to Kamara in the middle of soft zone coverage and let him do the rest.
Kamara was surprised by the position in which he found himself
"I didn't even run the route I was supposed to run," Kamara admitted. "I just sat in a little void and kind of got the ball and scored. ... I didn't expect them to play that defense right there, but they did and it cost them."
The Seahawks did a better job on Kamara in the second half as they were sending doubles coverages on him throughout the whole second half. "They had a great game plan the second half of doubling AK, and we’re gonna have an answer for that," Winston said.
"We just gotta win on the outside, and we will." Saints head coach Sean Payton was glad that his team managed to escape with a win. "You don't want to bring 140 people from Seattle to New Orleans and lose because it gets away from you.
Everyone's counting on everyone," Payton said. "And I get it -- you want to be competitive. But I think that's a sign of a team that eventually you know how to win and to win and to win and to win -- and that becomes everything.
More important than anything else, it's leaving with another win. You know, it's a young team. We're still preaching that message." Undrafted rookie kicker Brian Johnson made both of his field goal attempts to help the Saints seal the win.
Saints starting kicker Wil Lutz is expected to be back from the injury soon and Johnson was asked about his thoughts on that. "Not to think about any of those things. Not to overthink things, just to go out there and do what I've done plenty of times before," Johnson said.