In a game overshadowed by the looming Hurricane Hillary, the New Orleans Saints clashed with the Chargers in Los Angeles. Despite the absence of Quarterback Derek Carr, Jameis Winston stepped up for the Saints. While he had a decent performance, the offense seemed slightly slower under his leadership. Completing 13 out of 21 passes for 169 yards, Winston's standout connection was with Running Back Kendre Miller, who showcased skill with a touchdown after catching a superb pass along the sidelines.
Drawing comparisons to Saints' star Alvin Kamara, Kendre Miller exhibited explosive potential similar to Kamara's impressive preseason performance against the Chargers in 2017. Miller totaled 59 yards on 13 touches, along with a touchdown. Another standout for the Saints was former South Carolina State star Shaq Davis, who caught 3 passes for 63 yards, impressing with his challenging receptions, even though one touchdown was negated. The Saints' increasing trust in Davis, especially in the red zone, was evident.
Dartmouth College Defensive End Niko Lalos shone for the Saints, effectively ending the Chargers' comeback attempt with 3 consecutive sacks on quarterback Easton Stick. Lalos wrapped up the game with an impressive stat line of 4 tackles, 1 assist, and 3 sacks.
The Chargers showcased some noteworthy performances, including Quarterback Easton Stick, who displayed his skills particularly when outside the pocket. He rushed for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns on 7 carries and added 233 passing yards, although his two interceptions proved costly. Chargers rookie Wide Receiver Quentin Johnston also stood out, making 3 receptions for 37 yards against Saints cornerback Paulsen Adebo.
Both teams practiced against each other during the week, leading to a decision by both coaches to rest their starters. Looking ahead, the Saints are set to face the Houston Texans, marking an intriguing matchup to follow.
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