Powered by no yards from Taysom Hill, and a total team offensive output of 392 yards, the New Orleans Saints held on against the Detroit Lions in a thrilling 35-29 victory, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 in Ford Field in Detroit. The Saints rushing game contributed to this with with 164 yards and three rushing touchdowns, to support a no yards, zero touchdowns effort by Taysom Hill.
Hill contributed to this win by completing 0 of 0 passes, finishing the game with no yards, no interceptions, zero touchdowns and a QB rating of 39.60.
The ground game for the Saints saw Latavius Murray carrying the football 14 times, and Alvin Kamara helping with rushing the ball 19 times. The two rushers produced 64 yards and 83 yards respectively in a winning effort. The passing game for the Saints had Hill throwing the football to Tre’Quan Smith and Emmanuel Sanders as his most productive targets. Smith caught four passes for a net gain of 54 yards. The secondary target (Sanders) caught six passes for a net contribution of 93 yards.
On the defensive side of the football, the Saints produced zero forced fumbles, three tackles for loss, three sacks and no defensive touchdowns.
Compared to Hill of the Saints, Matthew Stafford of the Lions threw for 206 yards with three touchdowns, and one interception, completing 17 of 31 passes, for a 94.30 passer rating.
The Lions’ rushing game was led by D’Andre Swift and Adrian Peterson. For the game, Swift carried the ball four times, rushed for 22 yards, and zero touchdowns. Peterson supplemented and carried the ball a total of 11 times for a total of 36 yards. Meanwhile Danny Amendola and Kenny Golladay were the top 2 aerial passing targets for the Lions. Amendola caught two passes from Stafford for a total of 57 yards, while Golladay contributed with 62 yards from four passes.
In their loss, the Lions defense contributed with one forced fumble and two tackles to go along with two sacks and no defensive touchdowns. This production from the Lions defense was not enough help get a win.
The Saints walked away from the game with an improved seasonal record of 1-0. The Lions on the other hand, dropped to 0-1 for the season.