2018 New Orleans Saints Season In Review
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In this post, we’ll look back on the 2018 New Orleans Saints season. The team finished with a 13-3 record.
The team lost in the NFC Conference Championship game. They were defeated by the Los Angeles Rams in a controversial fashion in a 26-23 loss.
After losing the first game of the season to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Saints then went on to win their next 10 games. Their next loss came to the Dallas Cowboys on November 29th in a 13-10 loss.
New Orleans went on to win their next three games, before losing the regular season finale to the Carolina Panthers in a 33-14 loss.
The Saints ended the Philadelphia Eagles season in a 20-14 in in the Division playoff, before losing to the Rams.
Drew Brees appeared in 15 games, including 15 starts. He went 13-2 in those games.
He went 364 of 489 for 3.992 yards, while throwing 32 touchdowns and five interceptions.
During the season, Brees also became the all-time passing leader. He broke Peyton Manning’s record against the Washington Redskins in October.
Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill also threw passes in 2018. Bridgewater went 14 of 23 for 118 yards, along with one touchdown pass and one interception.
Hill went 3 of 7 for 64 yards, while also throwing an interception.
Alvin Kamara led the team with 194 carries for 883 yards and 14 touchdowns. Mark Ingram also had 138 carries for 645 yards and six touchdowns.
Hill also made a significant contribution with 37 carries for 196 yards and two touchdowns.
Michael Thomas led the receivers with 125 receptions for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns. Kamara also had 81 receptions for 709 yards and four touchdowns.
Tre’Quan Smith also had 28 receptions for 427 yards and five touchdowns. Ben Watson also made a significant contribution with 35 receptions for 400 yards and two touchdowns.
Demario Davis led the team with 110 tackles, including 11 tackles for a loss, and 11 quarterback hits. He also had 5.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and four pass deflections.
Cameron Jordan led the team with 18 tackles for a loss. Sheldon Rankins was second with 12, while Davis was third with 11.
Jordan also led the team with 21 quarterback hits. Rankins was also second with 15, while Marcus Davenport was third with 12.
Jordan was the sack master on the team with 12.0 sacks. Rankins was second with 8.0, while Davis was third with 5.0.
Four players led the team in interceptions. Marcus Williams, Marshon Lattimore, Eli Apple, and Chris Banjo had two each.
Lattimore also led the team with four forced fumbles. Alex Anzalone was second with three, while P.J. Williams and Davis was third with two.
Brees led the team with four fumble recoveries. Lattimore was second with 3, while A.J. Klein was third with 2.
Thomas Morstead had 43 punts for 1,996 yards. He averaged 46.4 punts per game.
Wil Lutz went 52 of 53 in extra points. He also went 28 of 30 in field goal attempts.
Hill had 14 kickoff returns for 348 yards. Kamara had four for 126 yards. Tommylee Lewis, Zach Lin, and Ted Ginn Jr. also had kickoff returns on the season.
Kamara led the team in punt returns, as he had 12 for 82 yards. Lewis also had eight punt returns for 60 yards. Brandon Tate and Hill also had punt returns on the season.