Where would the Saints be without Kamara? They most likely wouldn’t have beat Seattle, on the road, in sloppy, rainy conditions. It was the type of football game usually reserved for the NFC North in December. The Saints squeaked by the Seahawks by a score of 13-10.
The Saints’ 4-2 record, which keeps them alive in the NFC South, would probably look much worse as well.
Once again proving how much he means to New Orleans, Kamara left Monday Night Football with an incredible record.
Alvin Kamara is a record-setting running back for the New Orleans Saints
The Saints only scored one touchdown on the road in Seattle, and that was a 13-yard pass and catch from Jameis Winston to Kamara. That score proved to be vital for the Saints in the win, but it was everything else Kamara did outside of the endzone that really won the game for New Orleans.
The Saints put up a grand total of 304 yards of offense. Kamara accounted for 179 of those yards. The Seahawks did do a good job of holding him to just 51 rushing yards on 20 carries, but Seattle had no answer for Kamara as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. Whether he was in the flats or underneath and over the middle, Kamara was unstoppable.
He caught 10 passes for 128 receiving yards and the aforementioned touchdown. Every time New Orleans needed a big play, Kamara was there to make it. He averaged 12.8 yards per catch, which is more than enough to keep the sticks moving.
During the game, Kamara hit an incredibly impressive milestone. ESPN Stats and Information relayed that the Saints running back has become the fastest player in NFL history to notch both 3,000 rushing yards and 3,000 receiving yards by his 66th game. The previous record-holder was running back Roger Craig of the San Francisco 49ers, who did it in 70 games.
Kamara is the ultimate dual-threat running back
A dual-threat quarterback is a college football recruiting term for a quarterback who makes plays with both his arm and his legs. A dual-threat running back, while not an official classification, is also known for hurting a defense in multiple different ways.
For running backs, the ability to catch passes out of the backfield while also being a strong rusher can be very rare. It’s tough to be great at both, but in the NFL, the ones that can rush and receive end up becoming some of the most valuable players in the league.
In Kamara, the Saints have a running back with great vision and shiftiness, but he also has the elite hands and route-running ability of a wide receiver. Kamara is the ultimate dual-threat, and he makes life absolutely miserable for opposing defensive coordinators. If they shut him down on the ground, the Saints will leak him out of the backfield. If they forget that he can run the ball, the Saints will use his speed to get him on the edge and in open space.
Kamara now has 114 rushing attempts on the season for 419 yards and a touchdown. He’s been elite as a pass-catcher, now boasting 25 catches for 241 yards and four touchdowns through the air.
Kamara is everything the Saints need him to be
With Drew Brees off enjoying retirement and yacking it up on television nowadays, most if not all of the Saints’ superstar power rests on the shoulders of Kamara.
Winston was the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but his star power has faded over the years. He’s still fun to watch, but he’s hardly a draw for New Orleans. Receiver Michael Thomas qualifies as a star player, but he’s been injured for the 2021 season and is still weeks away from a return.
Defensively, Cameron Jordan is a star, but he’s in his 11th season and has only one sack on the season. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore is a big name as well, but he hasn’t recorded an interception yet this season.
Kamara is the Saints’ superstar. He’s proving that with his undeniable importance on the field, but also his status in regard to name recognition across the NFL and amongst fans.
According to Spotrac, Kamara has earned $20,713,272 million over the course of his career with the Saints.
Without a doubt, he’s worth every penny for New Orleans.