Alvin Kamara was the Las Vegas Raiders’ worst nightmare on Sunday as the New Orleans Saints rode his three touchdowns to a 24-0 shutout at Caesars Superdome.
Kamara did it both on the ground and in the air, rushing one point and catching his other two from quarterback Andy Dalton. He finished with 62 grounded yards on 18 carries while catching nine receptions for 96 yards to lead the Saints in both categories.
Two of those touchdowns came in the first half as the Saints’ defense kept the ball in the hands of the offensive with solid play and a few turnovers.
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On the Saints’ second drive, Kamara capped an 11-play march with a 3-yard touchdown run. Then, after Tyrant Mathieu intercepted a pass, Kamara ended a six-game drive by going 16 yards on a Dalton pass.
And as the second half got underway with the Saints driving, Kamara took a short pass down the middle through a porous Raiders second for his third goal of the day to put it 24-0.
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Kamara’s performance comes two days before the NFL trade deadline, something the dynamic back could be a part of. The Saints are still under .500 despite the win. Still, they play in an NFC South division that has been brutal so far.
Kamara won’t be a free agent until the 2026 season, so it would take quite a long time to land him.
The Saints defense made it easy at the end of the day with three sacks, a turnover on downs and an interception from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who had just 101 yards through the air at 15-on-26. Jarrett Stidham finally came in late in the game to throw for 72 yards in an 8-on-13.
Raiders running back Josh Jacobs was a problem last week against the Houston Texans, who rushed for more than 100 yards on three touchdowns. But the Saints kept him calm on this one, running just 43 yards on 10 carries.
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The Raiders had a total of 183 yards of offense versus the Saints’ 367 yards.
Taysom Hill assisted in the running game and received the call 10 times for 61 yards to help Kamara. Chris Olave also had 52 yards in the receiving game on five catches.
The 3-5 Saints will have a tougher task next week in the Superdome when they take on the Baltimore Ravens for another prime-time matchup on Monday night.
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The Raiders, trying to break out of their 2-5 rut, will travel to Jacksonville to take on a Jaguars team returning from London with their fifth straight loss.