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NFL Week 14 Game Recap: New Orleans Saints 30, New York Jets 9

East Rutherford, N.J.,USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) scores a 1st half touchdown against New York Jets safety Ashtyn Davis (21) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints kept their playoff hopes alive with a runaway 30-9 win over the New York Jets in Week 14. With Alvin Kamara back, the Saints' offense looked the best it has in some time.

At 6-7, the Saints are in fighting position for a wild-card spot.

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New Orleans Saints

Quarterback

It was once again ugly through the air for Taysom Hill, but if he can get cooking on the ground the way he did Sunday, the Saints' offense will still move the ball. He finished with 73 yards on 11 carries, including two scores.

Running Back

It was nice to have Alvin Kamara back and Sean Payton rode the star running back all day long. Kamara finished with 120 yards on 27 carries with seven broken tackles, and he caught four balls for 25 yards.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Since returning from injured reserve, Nick Vannett has been the consistent security blanket that New Orleans had hoped Adam Trautman would be. Vannett led all Saints receivers with 44 receiving yards, catching three of his four targets on the day.

Offensive Line

Former first-round pick Cesar Ruiz hasn't had the smoothest year, but Sunday was one of his best performances yet. He allowed only one pressure on 28 pass-blocking snaps. After allowing six last week, that was a nice change of pace.

Defensive Line

With Cameron Jordan out for the first time in his career, the Saints desperately missed his pass-rushing prowess. Jalyn Holmes was forced into the most action we’ve seen from him all year, and he managed only one pressure on 30 pass-rushing snaps.

Linebackers

It was an uncharacteristically poor showing from the usually consistent Demario Davis. He allowed five catches on seven targets for 52 yards on the day — the most he’s allowed in a single game since Week 5.

Secondary

It was a vintage Marshon Lattimore performance Sunday. He allowed only two catches for 35 yards on six targets with two forced incompletions. After a rough midseason stretch, Lattimore has turned it on of late.

New York Jets

Quarterback

Zach Wilson enjoyed the most impressive performance of his season a week ago, but the rookie followed it with one of his ugliest outings on Sunday. It wasn’t even that his decision-making was questionable — Wilson simply missed throw after throw. The bouts of head-scratching inaccuracy on short throws are starting to get worrisome. He went just 10-for-19 on targets within five yards of the line of scrimmage.

Running Back

The Jets desperately missed Michael Carter‘s receiving ability in this one. Ty Johnson dropped three balls in the first quarter alone and killed multiple drives. Johnson and La’Mical Perine also couldn’t get much of anything going on the ground, with 45 combined yards on 13 carries.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

With Elijah Moore out, no one quite stepped up in his absence. It was a prime opportunity for second-year receiver Denzel Mims to get involved, but he showed why coaches have been hesitant to get him on the field. On only 22 snaps, he committed two penalties and didn’t catch a single ball.

Offensive Line

What makes Sunday’s offensive output all the more frustrating is that the pass protection for New York was as good as we’ve seen all season. Their five starters combined to allow only 11 pressures on 50 pass-blocking snaps, with no individual lineman allowing more than three.

Defensive Line

It was a big day for nose tackle Folorunso Fatukasi, who made his presence felt all day. He blew up several run plays despite finishing with only one stop on the day. He also notched two pressures.

Linebackers

C.J. Mosley stuffed the stat sheet on Sunday. He finished with 19 tackles, including six defensive stops, while missing only one tackle. It was a stark contrast to Quincy Williams, who was caught out of position a number of times and had a rough day at the office.

Secondary

The secondary held up their end of the bargain for the most part. Second-year corner Bryce Hall continues to prove why he’s the best corner on the Jets roster. After allowing only nine yards a week ago against the Eagles, Hall yielded only six yards on two targets Sunday.

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