It took Sean Payton all of 14 years, but after Sunday’s 31-3 win over the Denver Broncos, he’s now defeated all 31 other teams in the NFL as head coach of the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints did so in convincing fashion, taking advantage of a Broncos’ team without an experienced starting quarterback as a result of COVID-19.
Emergency QB Kendall Hinton completed just one of nine passes for 13 yards and two picks, marking the first time since 1988 that a team had more interceptions than completions in a single game.
Offensively, the Saints were pretty run heavy themselves, pounding the rock 44 times for 229 yards and four touchdowns.
Latavius Murray led the way with 19 carries for 124 yards and two scores with the other two-house calls going to Taysom Hill, still starting in place of the injured Drew Brees.
The end result is now an eight-game winning streak for the third time in the last four years. Payton said, “I thought Taysom played well, but he played an entirely different type of game. And look, that had a lot to do with me relative to how we wanted to play this game.”
Hill said, “I think going into the game, there was so much uncertainty. Didn’t know how this was going to play out offensively. I’m not surprised the way that the game went after having different conversations with Coach. It’s about what I expected.”
The Saints play the second leg of their three-game road trip at noon Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.