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New Orleans Saints fight through elements and Seahawks en route to victory Monday night

Defense allowed 219 yards in another standout effort

The New Orleans Saints take on the Seattle Seahawks on the road in Week 7 of the 2021 NFL season.

Seattle, Wash. – Whatever it takes.

Survive and advance.

Find a way.

Whichever cliché feels best, use it, because all apply to the 2021 New Orleans Saints through six games. The latest exhibit submitted was their 13-10 victory over the Seahawks on Monday night at Lumen Field, which raised the Saints' record to 4-2 and marked yet another game in which New Orleans married together some standout defense, just enough offense and adequate special teams in order to post a win.

OFFENSE: Truthfully, the overall numbers should have been better. New Orleans' 222 passing yards could have been nearer to, or above, 300 if not for a couple of deep throws that probably should have been completions rather than incompletions. But the Saints were 2 of 13 on third down (2 for 2 on fourth down helped), and they didn't convert touchdowns on three of four trips inside the red zone. Often, those numbers accompany a losing effort, so the fact that the Saints were able to overcome them and win says a little about the resiliency they did show. One particularly standout drive – 19 plays, 86 yards, lasting 10:16 – would have been a slice of perfection had it resulted in a touchdown, instead of Brian Johnson's 21-yard field goal. There's cleanup work to be done, and it'll begin with receivers catching the passes that are there to be caught.

DEFENSE: The Saints gave up an 84-yard touchdown pass on their fifth defensive play. On the other 54 plays, they allowed 135 yards and rolled up a season-high five sacks. Seattle never advanced to the red zone, was 3 of 12 on third down and came up empty on its only fourth-down attempt. Frankly, other than the touchdown play, New Orleans was as dominant defensively as it has been in any game this season. The defense held when it needed to; Seattle missed field goal attempts of 44 and 53 yards, but those attempts would have been shorter – and had a better chance to be successful – if the Saints' defense hadn't bowed up and stopped the drives when it did. The run defense continues to lead the way (90 yards allowed on 28 attempts), but it was a solid overall effort that helped New Orleans win its third road game this season.

SPECIAL TEAMS: When the weather conditions are factored in, it was an outstanding day overall for the units. Johnson kicked 21- and 33-yard field goals, Blake Gillikin continued to show he's one of the league's best punters (47.5-yard average gross, 44.3 net) and Ty Montgomery had a 33-yard kickoff return that showed some pop. Add in the fact that virtually nothing was surrendered on returns (19 yards on two punt returns, and a 17.7-yard average on three kickoff returns) and the special team units were more than solid.

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