In week 15, Saints vs Chiefs will be the biggest matchup of the week, and possibly of the month. Kansas City, in maybe their toughest competition yet, faces a New Orleans offense that is extremely dynamic with Tayson Hill under center.
Kansas City won their most recent game against the Miami Dolphins as they returned to the Stadium where they won last year’s Super Bowl. In that win, there were both good and bad performances by key players. While the Chiefs still won, it was not entirely pretty. Kansas City started the game with a ten-point deficit and flipped that into a 21 point advantage. However, the Chiefs began to fold under pressure and allowed the Dolphins to make a comeback.
With a 33-27 win over Miami, the Chiefs have now clinched the AFC West and taken over control of the AFC’s first seed. They are now looking at a Saints offense who does not currently have their hall of fame quarterback in Drew Brees. Even without number nine at the helm, the Saints’ offense can still be very dangerous.
In their last game, New Orleans played the now 4-8-1 Philadelphia Eagles and lost 24-21. New Orleans was down by 17 at the half to a team with a new quarterback in Jalen Hurts, whom they drafted in 2020. While New Orleans being down by 17 at the half is not good, scoring 21 in the second half makes this Saints offense look a lot more impressive.
The Chiefs have not played well in recent weeks and that was against some mediocre teams. For five straight games, the Chiefs have won by one score against teams who are not better than them. While the offense has had some great moments, the defense has struggled. Due to the struggles from Kansas City on that side of the ball, this Saints vs Chiefs game becomes all the more intriguing.
Saints Key Players on offense
Alvin Kamara, RB
Most people, if not everyone, know who Alvin Kamara is and how dynamic he can be. While he is the obvious player to stop on the Saints’ offense, I felt his game still needed to be discussed.
Kamara is doing something that is not done very often, as the running back from Tennessee is leading the team in both rushing yards and receiving yards. Part of that can be due to Michael Thomas‘ absence early in the season. However, Thomas has been back with the team, and Kamara is still putting this offense on his back.
With 723 rush yards and 699 receiving yards on the season, Kamara has also managed to haul in 14 total touchdowns. In week 12, Kamara was the highest-graded player on the Saints’ offense by Pro Football Focus (PFF) with an 81.9.
Kamara is doing all he can for this outstanding Saints offense, leading all NFL backs in yards per route run by more than half a yard (2.78)
Tre’Quan Smith, WR
Smith is a crucial piece of the Saints’ offense and has been outstanding all season. When Thomas was not with the team to start the season, Smith was their number two receiver behind Emmanuel Sanders.
With four touchdowns on the year, Smith is second on the team behind Jared Cook, with six. His 423 yards are fourth on the team, along with his 33 receptions. However, Smith leads the team in big plays with eight. Therefore, he can explode for a big moment at any time, especially against a weaker defense.
While this Chiefs defense has not given up many big plays, that can change on Sunday with Smith’s ability to create.
Jared Cook, TE
The 6’5” tight end from South Carolina had finally begun to emerge in this offense under Drew Brees and has been somewhat kneecapped by the arrival of Hill. However, as the two have grown chemistry, Cook is getting more looks.
In their last two games, Cook has been targeted ten times and found the endzone twice. If Hill intends to keep targeting Cook, especially in the red zone, they could turn this Saints vs Chiefs matchup into a shootout.
Cook may be starting to heat up, and the Chiefs’ defense will need to stop him if they want to stay in the kitchen.
Thanks for reading my article on the offensive standouts for the Saints vs Chiefs matchup in Kansas City this Sunday.
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